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Farm animals need constant management. Farmers commonly tend to focus on one type of animal; most commonly:
When animals breed they need extra care; and newborn animals will usually need special treatment. If animals are grown for fibre or milk; they need to be shorn or milked at the appropriate times; and treated appropriately afterwards.
Livestock farmers need to think about: animal location and well-being, moving livestock onto fresh pasture, in and out of a milking shed, in and out of places where they receive veterinary treatments. Health must be monitored, and treatments administered if needed. Livestock need to be provided with food and water.
When selling animals you need to think about: When animals are to be sold, they need to be moved to a transport point, loaded, then transported with minimal stress to the animal.
There are many different pathways to starting in the livestock industry.
Ways to get started include:
Once you’re comfortable working with livestock, you can work for others or run your own farm or livestock business. Continue developing your networks for new opportunities.
Careers may develop in many different directions over your working life; for example:
To succeed, ensure you invest in further learning (formal or informal). If you want to manage or own a business, make sure you build skills to manage resources, finances and manpower as well as animals.