Saturday, 20th April 2019


Farm workers are needed in all areas of agriculture and on all types of livestock to arable farms. Their main aim is to support the farm owners and managers with the running of the business, completing a variety of manual tasks and assisting in the general upkeep of the farm.

Livestock farm workers can work on different types of livestock farms and will be trained according to the species of animal that they work with. They will either work with animals that will eventually be sold as meat for human consumption (cows, pigs, sheep and poultry), or on dairy and mixed crop and livestock farms.

Individual tasks of a farm worker will vary depending on the type of farm, as each animal has different requirements, breeding and feeding processes. Farm workers will need to learn about the particular animal that they work with so that they are able to give the appropriate care.

General tasks of all livestock farm workers may include:

  • Helping to prepare livestock feed
  • Cleaning and maintaining the living areas of the livestock
  • Checking the livestock for injuries or diseases
  • Helping to move livestock for transit or to different locations
  • Keeping records of animal numbers, births and deaths
  • General maintenance of farm grounds, buildings and machinery

Obviously, working on sheep farms will involve different tasks to working with pigs, so each farm worker will be trained on the job and will become more experienced working on that particular type of farm. Generally, farm workers will work to assist the farm managers and owners of the land wherever needed and will build strong relationships with the farm and its processes.

Livestock farm workers may also be known as stockpersons, assistant herdspeople or trainee stockperson, depending on what type of farm they work on, but essentially, the general tasks remain similar.