Beef Cattle Farm Workers perform routine tasks on beef cattle farms, such as feeding, mustering and moving cattle, and assisting with animal husbandry.

    You can work as a Beef 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.
    • Provides livestock with feed and water.
    • Assist with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock.
    • Musters and drives livestock between paddocks to ensure sufficient feed is available.

    All Livestock Farm Workers

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

    Beef Cattle Farm Workers

    • 8,000 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 52 hours Average full-time
    • 33 years Average age
    • 29% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Beef Cattle Farm Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 6,600 in 2011 to 8,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Beef Cattle Farm Workers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 52 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (31%).
    • Gender: 29% 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 Fishing92.0
    Manufacturing2.8
    Wholesale Trade2.8
    Other Services0.5
    Other Industries1.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateBeef Cattle Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.031.6
    VIC12.725.6
    QLD44.220.0
    SA4.17.0
    WA7.310.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT5.11.0
    ACT0.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketBeef Cattle Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1913.0-5.05.0
    20-2418.4-9.39.3
    25-3419.9-22.922.9
    35-4412.1-22.022.0
    45-5413.7-21.621.6
    55-596.9-9.09.0
    60-645.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationBeef Cattle Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree4.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV24.7-21.121.1
    Year 1221.9-18.118.1
    Year 116.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below36.5-12.512.5

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

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

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    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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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

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    2. Exposed to Contaminants

      90% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

    3. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

      87% Important

      How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

    4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      86% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      83% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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