A herdsman typically manages the day-to-day farm operations for the farm/ranch owner. Many times, a herdsman will live on the property to be close to the animals at all times of the day. Their duties include caring for sick animals themselves or calling the veterinarian, managing breeding programs, maintaining fences, transporting animals and keeping thorough records to better inform the farm/ranch owner.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?:
- Identify and care for sick animals
- Manage a breeding program
- Conduct artificial insemination
- Build and repair new and existing fences
- Work independently and as a team
- Operate heavy equipment and semi tractor-trailers
- Assist with birthing
- Maintain wells, pipelines, property and equipment
- Transport animals to market
- Keep thorough records
- Communicate with the farm/ranch owner on a regular basis
Recommended High School Courses:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, animal science, anatomy, biology and chemistry.
An associate or bachelor’s degree in animal science or a livestock related field is expected. Experience working with livestock is also needed.