Mixed Livestock Farm Workers perform routine tasks on mixed livestock farms, such as moving, feeding and counting livestock, and assisting with animal husbandry.

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

    Tasks

    • Patrolling, inspecting and reporting on the condition of livestock.
    • Providing livestock with feed and water.
    • Assisting with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock.
    • Mustering and droving livestock to milking and shearing sheds and between paddocks to ensure sufficient feed is available.
    • Washing and cleaning udders, and attaching milking machines to udders and milking cows.
    • Collecting eggs and placing in incubators.
    • Herding sheep for shearing and keeping mobs separate during shearing.
    • Spreading fleeces on skirting tables for classing, pressing wool and branding bales.
    • Exercising horses by walking, riding, leading and swimming, and attending to horses at track work, barrier trials and races.
    • Cleaning stables and hatcheries, storing bedding and performing minor repairs on fixtures, buildings and fences.
    • Assembling, preparing and storing horse gear.

    All Livestock Farm Workers

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

    Mixed Livestock Farm Workers

    • 1,400 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 24% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Mixed Livestock Farm Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 1,700 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Mixed Livestock Farm Workers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and South Australia have 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 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (23%).
    • Gender: 24% 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 Fishing94.7
    Wholesale Trade1.9
    Manufacturing1.6
    Education and Training0.6
    Other Industries1.2

    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.
    StateMixed Livestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW48.231.6
    VIC19.725.6
    QLD9.020.0
    SA12.37.0
    WA5.210.8
    TAS5.22.0
    NT0.21.0
    ACT0.21.9

    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 BracketMixed Livestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-199.4-5.05.0
    20-2413.6-9.39.3
    25-3418.8-22.922.9
    35-4414.3-22.022.0
    45-5414.8-21.621.6
    55-5910.1-9.09.0
    60-647.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over11.4-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMixed Livestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV25.6-21.121.1
    Year 1218.6-18.118.1
    Year 117.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below34.6-12.512.5

    You can work as a Mixed Livestock 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.
    • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways 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

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    3. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

      87% Important

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    4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      86% Important

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    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      83% Important

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