Dairy Cattle Farm Workers perform routine tasks on dairy farms, such as herding and milking cattle.

    You can work as a Dairy Cattle Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in agriculture might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Patrols, inspects and reports on the condition of livestock.
    • Provide livestock with feed and water.
    • Assist with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock.
    • Musters and drives livestock to milking and between paddocks to ensure sufficient feed is available.
    • Washes and cleans udders, attaches milking machines and milks cows.
    • Cleans milking shed.

    All Livestock Farm Workers

    • $1,040 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Dairy Cattle Farm Workers

    • 3,800 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 56% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 32 years Average age
    • 37% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Dairy Cattle Farm Workers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 3,400 in 2011 to 3,800 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Dairy Cattle Farm Workers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (56%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (32%).
    • Gender: 37% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Fishing96.5
    Manufacturing1.6
    Wholesale Trade0.7
    Education and Training0.3
    Other Industries0.9

    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.
    StateDairy Cattle Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW17.931.6
    VIC51.725.6
    QLD7.620.0
    SA8.17.0
    WA4.210.8
    TAS10.32.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    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 BracketDairy Cattle Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1914.3-5.05.0
    20-2417.7-9.39.3
    25-3421.5-22.922.9
    35-4414.5-22.022.0
    45-5415.4-21.621.6
    55-596.9-9.09.0
    60-645.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationDairy Cattle Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree4.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV25.4-21.121.1
    Year 1220.0-18.118.1
    Year 1111.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below33.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Dairy Cattle Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in agriculture might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence

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

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    Employers look for Livestock Farm Workers who are trustworthy, responsible and have an enthusiastic attitude.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Administration and management

      46% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and personal service

      45% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Mechanical

      40% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    4. Production and processing

      40% Skill level

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

    5. Biology

      38% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      97% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Exposure to contaminants

      90% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    3. Very hot or cold temperatures

      87% Important

      Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

    4. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      86% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    5. Unstructured work

      83% Important

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

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