Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-6.5% (decline)


What Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals Do

Attend to live farm, ranch, open range or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, rabbits, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, milking, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep and collect eggs in hatcheries.

Other Job Titles Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals May Have

Cowboy, Herdsman, Livestock Handler, Ranch Hand

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Herd Health Manager ,

Alpaca Farm

I arrive at the barn and administer any medications that need to be given. I then move to different daily tasks such as, medical data entries, ultrasounds, training for shows, trimming teeth. giving hair cuts, assisting with embryo transfers and vitrification, collecting fecal samples, administering emergency medications and placing IV catheters, rotating animals to groups based on nutritional needs, and many other daily tasks. Not a single day is a repeat of the day before! No monotony here!!!

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Feed and water livestock and monitor food and water supplies.
  • Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
  • Provide medical treatment, such as administering medications and vaccinations, or arrange for veterinarians to provide more extensive treatment.
  • Mark livestock to identify ownership and grade, using brands, tags, paint, or tattoos.

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