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8423 Livestock Farm Workers

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

Livestock Farm Workers perform routine tasks in livestock, meat, milk, egg and wool production.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. 

The occupations Stablehand, Wool Handler and Livestock Farm Workers nec have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some instances no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

 

Tasks Include:

  • assisting with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock, including by patrolling, inspecting and reporting on the condition of livestock
  • providing livestock with feed and water and implementing livestock feeding and welfare programs
  • carrying out livestock birthing or hatching, and rearing of young livestock duties
  • establishing pastures and crops for livestock production
  • herding and droving livestock to access feed as well as for shearing, milking and other farming operations
  • washing and cleaning udders, and using and sterilising milking machines and performing milking shed hygiene processes
  • collecting eggs and placing in incubators
  • collecting and spreading fleeces on skirting tables for classing, pressing wool and branding bales
  • undertaking animal husbandry duties for livestock such as lamb and calf marking, mulesing, foot paring and hoof care
  • exercising horses by walking, riding (excluding galloping), leading and swimming, and attending to horses at track work, barrier trials and races
  • undertaking general farming and maintenance activities such as erecting and repairing fences, maintaining and cleaning livestock housing and maintaining other infrastructure
  • operating and maintaining general farm machinery and water supply and irrigation systems
  • operating data collection and farm technology systems
  • assembling, preparing and storing livestock feed, bedding and handling equipment, including horse equipment

Occupations:

  • 842311 Beef Cattle Farm Worker
  • 842312 Cattle and Sheep Farm Worker
  • 842313 Dairy Cattle Farm Worker
  • 842314 Livestock Husbandry Worker
  • 842315 Piggery Farm Worker
  • 842316 Poultry Farm Worker
  • 842317 Sheep Farm Worker
  • 842318 Stablehand
  • 842321 Wool Handler
  • 842399 Livestock Farm Workers nec

842311 Beef Cattle Farm Worker

Alternative Title:

  • Station Hand (Beef Cattle)

Performs routine tasks on a beef cattle farm such as feeding, mustering and moving cattle, and assisting with animal husbandry.

Skill Level: 4

842312 Cattle and Sheep Farm Worker

Performs routine tasks on a cattle and sheep farm such as moving, feeding, counting, and assisting with animal husbandry.

Skill Level: 4

842313 Dairy Cattle Farm Worker

Performs routine tasks on a dairy farm such as breeding, raising, feeding, droving and milking cattle.

Skill Level: 4

842314 Livestock Husbandry Worker

Alternative Title:

  • Livestock Contractor

Performs animal husbandry duties for livestock such as lamb marking, mulesing, vaccinating, drenching, foot paring and hoof care.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Cattle Hoof Trimmer
  • Horse Hoof Carer
  • Lamb Marker
  • Muleser
  • Sheep Foot Parer

842315 Piggery Farm Worker

Assists with routine tasks on a pig farm such as breeding, farrowing, raising, feeding and animal husbandry.

Skill Level: 4

842316 Poultry Farm Worker

Performs routine tasks on a poultry farm such as collecting eggs and placing them in incubators, providing poultry with feed and water, and disinfecting hatcheries to prevent disease.

Skill Level: 4

842317 Sheep Farm Worker

Alternative Title:

  • Station Hand (Sheep)

Performs routine tasks on a sheep farm such as feeding and herding sheep into pens in preparation for branding, shearing, crutching, and yarding for sale.

Skill Level: 4

842318 Stablehand

Assists with handling of horses and maintaining and cleaning stables.

Skill Level: 5

Specialisation:

  • Horse and Stud Worker

842321 Wool Handler

Alternative Titles:

  • Shearing Shed Hand
  • Shearing Shed Worker

Regulates the flow of sheep to be shorn, keeps the shearing shed clean and tidy, and assists with wool clip preparation.

Skill Level: 5

842399 Livestock Farm Workers nec

This occupation group covers Livestock Farm Workers not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 5

Occupations in this group include:

  • Deer Farm Worker
  • Emu Farm Worker
  • Goat Herder
  • Ostrich Farm Worker