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Description: Farm workers do agricultural work with livestock, crops or machinery. This can require technology skills.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Farm managers organise the work on farms, or parts of farms, efficiently and profitably.
Salary: £20000.00 to £50000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Forestry workers work in forests and woodland, for instance planting, thinning, harvesting trees. They use heavy machinery.
Salary: £15000.00 to £27000.00
Hours: 35 to 40 per week
Description: Shepherds look after flocks of sheep, almost always outside in fields or on the hills. They look after all aspects of the flock – health and welfare, breeding lambing, feed, flock development. They maintain digital records of the flock.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 average per year
Hours: Very variable with weekends, early mornings and evening work.
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Description: A stockman takes care of the farm livestock which may be beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, poultry, see shepherd for sheep). It can also be with lesser known stock for instance deer. A stockman also maintains records of the stock and this may be electronically.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 average per year
Hours: Very variable, and can include early mornings, evenings and weekends.
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Description: Agricultural machinery operator, combine harvester driver, crop sprayer. Tractor drivers operate farm machinery used to plough fields, plant seeds, and spray and harvest crops.
Salary: £16000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: 40 to 48 per week

Shepherd

Description: Shepherds look after flocks of sheep, almost always outside in fields or on the hills. They look after all aspects of the flock – health and welfare, breeding lambing, feed, flock development. They maintain digital records of the flock.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 average per year
Hours: Very variable with weekends, early mornings and evening work.

Entry Requirements

Work experience with sheep is essential. A training or qualification is also recommended. You will need to be physically fit. A driving license is usually required.

Skills Required

·       Practical skills

·       A willingness to work flexibly

·       A love of the outdoors

·       A genuine interest in animals.

·       Teamwork

·       Dog handling skills an advantage.

·       IT skills

Typical Day

·       Twice daily checks of sheep (possibly from a quadbike)

·       Distributing feed

·       Gathering sheep for instance for marking or dipping

·       Using your dog to round up sheep

·       Maintaining grassland.

·       Maintaining a livestock log

·       Managing breeding programme.

·       Supervising lambing.

·       Updating records of the flock.

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

Outdoors most of the time in all weathers. You will also have an office for admin work. You may be working on your own or in a team. Shepherds are usually employed by farmers but self-employed contract shepherds are becoming more common.

Career Path

With experience and qualifications you may become a head shepherd of a large farming unit. Shepherds are usually given a rent free or low rent house on the farm.

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Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

“It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.”
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor