Work experience with stock is highly recommended. You can start work at all levels depending on whether you also have a college or university qualification. A driving license is also useful.
· Practical skills
· A willingness to work flexibly
· A love of the outdoors
· A genuine interest in animals.
· IT skills
Checking stock in the fields and sheds at least twice a day.
Liaising with vet and other staff concerning health and welfare of stock.
Cleaning sheds and fields.
Milking cows twice a day
Managing grassland, i.e. fertilizing, spraying, fencing
Arranging breeding plan.
Supervising calving during season.
Updating records of the animals
Working Hours, Patterns and Environment
You will be outside or in large sheds which house the stock. If outside, it will be in all weathers. The work is physically demanding.
With qualifications and experience, you could progress to head stockman on a large farm or commercial unit. You may have to move between farms to gain experience and promotion.