Shepherds manage the welfare and movement of livestock, especially sheep, goats and other grazing animals, in a variety of surroundings.
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- Assist animal birth
Assist in animal births, and care for newborn livestock.
- Move animals
Move grazing animals between pastures to ensure that they have enough fresh grass to eat.
- Provide nutrition to animals
Provide food and water to animals. This includes preparing food and water for animals and reporting any changes in the animal feeding or drinking habits.'
- Move the herd
Move the animals safely to another location. Lead them to grazing locations, managing their journey and accommodation needs.
- Maintain pastures
Ensure that animals on pastures or grazing lands have enough feed. Employ pasture-conservation measures such as grazing in rotation.
- Milk animals
Milk cows and other farm animals, manually or using mechanical means.
- Provide flock medical treatment
Treat livestock medically, administering medications and vaccinations. Arrange for veterinarians to provide more extensive treatment as required. Spray livestock with disinfectants and insecticides.
- Follow quality standards
Apply a set of measures and standards concerning the quality of processes or products, ensuring that quality is maintained and improved during work activities.
- Organise shearing
Set up a woolshed for the shearing of sheep. Work with the shearers to reach standards described in the farm policy manual.
- Care for the flock
A shepherd needs a gentle touch and warm demeanour to make the sheep comfortable and receptive to her care.
- Examine animals
Examine animals for injury, illness, or disease. Check up on physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
- Ensure flock safety
Protect the flock from wolves and other predators. Keep them from eating harmful plants.
- Work independently in agriculture
Perform tasks individually in livestock and animal production services by taking decisions without help. Handle tasks and tackle with issues or problems without any outside assistance.
Optional knowledge and skillscreate solutions to problems maintain farm equipment carry out cheese production
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