Beef Cattle Farm Worker

Beef Cattle Farm Worker

A beef cattle farm worker assists in daily operations on the farm. This can include birthing, feeding and breeding. They also identify sick animals and determine proper treatment or contact a veterinarian. They assist in breeding programs, maintain equipment and maintain high standards of animal welfare.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Distribute daily feed rations
  • Identify sick animals and determine proper treatment or contact a veterinarian
  • Assist in breeding programs including artificial inseminations and synchronization
  • Transport cattle to market
  • Assist in the branding and tagging of calves
  • Assist in vaccination programs
  • Maintain and build fences
  • Maintain equipment
  • Understand current beef markets
  • Maintain high standards of animal welfare
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, biology, mathematics and chemistry.
Education/Training Required: 
A high school diploma is required. Although it is not always required, an associate degree in animal science or animal husbandry would be recommended.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
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.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • State/Local Cattleman’s Association 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$33,000
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