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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?

  • Identify sick animals and administer proper care and/or call the veterinarian
  • Managing a breeding program including conducting artificial insemination
  • Build and repair new and existing fence and electric fence
  • Work independently and as a team
  • Operate heavy equipment and semi tractor-trailers
  • Assist with birthing
  • Maintain wells (electric/gas), pipelines, repair and maintain property and equipment
  • Transport animals to market
  • Keep thorough records in regards to
  • Communicate with the farm/ranch owner on a regular basis


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.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • American Sheep Industry Association
  • American Dairy Association
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