Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Description

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.

Tasks

  • Feed and water livestock; and monitor food and water supplies.
  • Drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
  • Provide medical treatment, such as administering medications and vaccinations; or arrange for veterinarians to provide more extensive treatment.
  • Mix feed, additives, and medicines in prescribed portions.
  • Inspect, maintain, and repair equipment, machinery, buildings, pens, yards, and fences.
  • Move equipment, poultry, or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts.
  • Clean stalls, pens, and equipment, using disinfectant solutions, brushes, shovels, water hoses, and/or pumps.
  • Mark livestock to identify ownership and grade, using brands, tags, paint, or tattoos.
  • Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures.
  • Shift animals between grazing areas to ensure that they have sufficient access to food.
  • Order food for animals, and arrange for its delivery.
  • Perform duties related to livestock reproduction, such as breeding animals within appropriate timeframes, performing artificial inseminations, and helping with animal births.
  • Milk animals such as cows and goats, by hand or using milking machines.
  • Segregate animals according to weight, age, color, and physical condition.
  • Patrol grazing lands on horseback or using all-terrain vehicles.
  • Maintain growth, feeding, production, and cost records.
  • Groom, clip, trim, and/or castrate animals; dock ears and tails; and/or shear coats to collect hair.
  • Spray livestock with disinfectants and insecticides; or dip or bathe animals.
  • Collect, inspect, and place eggs in incubators; operate machines for egg washing, candling, and grading; and pack eggs in cartons.
  • Protect herds from predators, using trained dogs.
  • Trim and shear poultry beaks, toes, and wings using debeaking machines, heated hand shears, or hot wires.

Knowledge

Geography
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Skills

Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Animal Care Taker
Animal Feeder
Animal Herder
Animal Husbandry Worker
Animal Keeper
Aquaculture Worker
Aquatic Laborer
Aquatic Life Laborer
Artificial Breeding Distributor
Bait Digger
Barn Hand
Barn Worker
Bee Keeper
Bee Robber
Bee Tender
Bee Worker
Beekeeper
Bottler
Breeder Hen Service Technician
Breeding Technician
Broodmare Barn Groom
Brush Cutter
Buccaro
Caponizer
Care Taker
Castrator
Cattle Alley Worker
Cattle Brander
Cattle Care Worker
Cattle Dehorner
Cattle Dipper
Cattle Driver
Cattle Feeder
Cattle Sprayer
Chick Room Supervisor
Chicken Catcher
Chicken Dresser
Chicken Handler
Chicken Hatchery Helper
Chicken Picker
Chicken Tender
Chicken Vaccinator
Chopper
Chore Tender
Chore Worker
Chute Man
Cow Puncher
Cow Rider
Cow Tender
Cow Washer
Cowboy
Cowpuncher
Dairy Farm Worker
Dairy Farmer
Dairy Farmworker
Dairy Feed Worker
Dairy Hand
Dairy Worker
Dairyman
Debeaker
Dipper
Ditch Cleaner
Ditch Digger
Ditch Rider
Ditch Tender
Ditcher
Dude Wrangler
Egg Gatherer
Egg Setter
Exercise Rider
Farm Hand
Farm Helper
Farm Laborer
Farm or Ranch Animal Caretaker
Farm Rancher

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$10.61 hourly, $22,060 annual.
Employment (2008):
29,570 employees