Livestock Farmers plan, organise, control, coordinate and perform farming operations to breed and raise livestock.

    You can work as a Livestock Farmer without formal qualifications, however, livestock farming experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • breeding and raising livestock for the production of honey, meat, milk, skins, eggs and wool
    • monitoring and maintaining the health and condition of livestock
    • providing pastures and fodder to maintain appropriate nutritional levels
    • moving livestock to optimise feeding opportunities
    • organising and conducting farming operations such as catching, drenching and milking livestock, sterilising machines, and collecting, grading and packaging produce
    • directing and overseeing general farming activities such as maintaining pens, sheds and cages, fertilising, controlling pests and weeds, and growing fodder
    • maintaining fences, equipment and water supply systems
    • organising the sale, purchase and transportation of livestock and produce
    • maintaining and evaluating records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly
    • managing business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
    • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors

    All Livestock Farmers

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 77,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 57 hours Average full-time
    • 57 years Average age
    • 32% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Livestock Farmers (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 77,300 in 2018 to 75,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over 5 years.

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Livestock Farmers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (77%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 57 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 57 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (76%).
    • Gender: 32% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    2008106600
    2009100600
    2010101800
    201179700
    201285900
    201368200
    201480300
    201574900
    201669400
    201768600
    201877300
    202375200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing95.9
    Manufacturing1.4
    Wholesale Trade0.6
    Retail Trade0.3
    Other Industries1.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLivestock FarmersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.631.6
    VIC29.525.6
    QLD21.220.0
    SA7.37.0
    WA7.010.8
    TAS3.82.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLivestock FarmersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.9-5.05.0
    20-242.0-9.39.3
    25-348.3-22.922.9
    35-4412.9-22.022.0
    45-5419.8-21.621.6
    55-5912.0-9.09.0
    60-6413.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over31.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationLivestock FarmersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree9.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV19.0-21.121.1
    Year 1215.4-18.118.1
    Year 117.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below34.5-12.512.5

    You can work as a Livestock Farmer without formal qualifications, however, livestock farming experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Livestock Farmers who can communicate and connect well with others and are reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Food production

      70% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

    2. Administration and management

      70% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    3. Production and processing

      69% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    4. Mathematics

      68% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Economics and accounting

      65% Skill level

      Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Unstructured work

      99% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      98% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      96% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Freedom to make decisions

      96% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    5. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

      94% Important

      Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

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