Beef Farm Worker

 

Overview

A beef farm employee assists in daily operations on the farm. This can include birthing, feeding and breeding.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Distribute daily feed rations
  • Identify sick animals and determine proper treatment or contact veterinarian
  • Assist in breeding programs including artificial inseminations and synchronization
  • Transport cattle to market
  • Assist in branding and tagging of calves
  • Assist in vaccination programs
  • Maintain and build fence
  • Maintain equipment
  • Understand current beef markets
  • Maintain high standards of animal welfare

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required. Although it is not always required associates degree in animal science or animal husbandry would be recommended.

 

To pursue a career as a beef farm worker:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, animal science, biology, mathematics and chemistry.

 

Where can I work?

As a farm worker you have the ability to work for different sizes of farms. You may work for a small cow/calf operation or you may work for a larger ranch or feedlot. You may also be self-employed as a producer. 

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a beef farm worker will be good over the next five years.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • State/Local Cattleman’s Association