A herdsman typically manages the day- to-day farm operations for the farm/ranch owner. Many times a herdsmen will live on the property to be close to the animals at all times of the day.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in animal science or a livestock related field. Experience working with livestock is also needed.
To pursue a career as an herdsman:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, animal science, anatomy, biology and chemistry.
Where can I work?
Herdsmen are need on large-scale ranches and farms some may be with independent producers and others may work for corporate animal production companies.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a herdsman will be good over the next five years.
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