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8423 Livestock Farm Workers

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

8423 Livestock Farm Workers

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