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Dairy Farm Worker

 

Overview

A dairy farm employee assists in daily operations on the farm. This can include milking, calving, feeding and breeding.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Ensure cattle have access to food and water.
  • Identify sick animals and work with veterinarian to determine proper treatment
  • Assist in breeding programs including artificial inseminations and synchronization
  • Perform and assist in milking operations
  • Assist in tagging and feeding of calves
  • Assist in vaccination programs
  • Maintain and build fences
  • Clean milking parlor after each milking
  • Ensure milk quality and safety is not compromised by following standards
  • Maintain high standards of animal welfare
  • Take milk samples from tanks
  • Clean tanks after milk is picked up by truck

 

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 dairy 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 dairy.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

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

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Dairy Association
  • Dairy Management Inc.
  • United Dairy Industry Association