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Livestock Farmers plan, organise, control, coordinate and perform farming operations to breed and raise livestock.
Plans, organises, controls, coordinates and operates apiaries to produce honey, queen bee pollen, beeswax and royal jelly, breed queen bees and pollinate crops.
Breeds and raises beef cattle for meat and breeding stock.
Specialisations: Stud Beef Cattle Farmer
Breeds and raises dairy cattle for milk, meat and breeding stock.
Specialisations: Share Dairy Farmer, Stud Dairy Cattle Farmer
Breeds and raises deer for meat, velvet, hides and breeding stock.
Breeds and raises goats for fibre, milk, meat and breeding stock.
Breeds and raises horses for competition, dressage, eventing, showjumping, riding for pleasure and working.
Specialisations: Stud Master/Mistress
Breeds and raises a variety of livestock.
Breeds and raises pigs for meat and breeding stock.
Specialisations: Pig Breeder
Breeds and raises chickens, turkeys, ducks and other poultry for eggs, meat and breeding stock.
Specialisations: Egg Producer, Hatchery Manager (Poultry)
Breeds and raises sheep for wool, meat and breeding stock.
Specialisations: Stud Sheep Farmer, Wool Grower
Includes Alpaca Farmer, Crocodile Farmer, Dog Breeder, Emu Farmer, Llama Farmer, Ostrich Farmer
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very large occupation employing 62,900 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to fall to 52,600. Less than 1,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a small number for an occupation of this size).
At least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job (that's a skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher).
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Livestock Farmers who can communicate and connect well with others and are reliable.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Planning and coordination of people and resources.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Teaching and course design.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Talking to others.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-1011.08 - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Guiding and directing staff, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
How often do you talk on the telephone?
How important is it to work with others in a group or team?
How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.