Sheep Farmer

Sheep Farmers breed and raise sheep for wool, meat and breeding stock.
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    Overview

    Sheep Farmers breed and raise sheep for wool, meat and breeding stock.

    Day-to-day

    • breeds and raises livestock for the production of meat, fibre and milk
    • monitors and maintains the health and condition of livestock
    • provides pastures and fodder to maintain appropriate nutritional levels
    • moves livestock to optimise feeding opportunities
    • organises and conducts farming operations such as mustering, shearing and drenching livestock, sterilising machines, and collecting, grading and packaging produce
    • directs and oversees general farming activities such as maintaining pens, sheds and cages, fertilising, controlling pests and weeds, and growing fodder
    • maintains fences, equipment and water supply systems
    • organises the sale, purchase and transportation of livestock and produce
    • maintains and evaluates records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly
    • manages business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
    • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

    Considerations

    • Physically demanding
    • Requires driving
    • Working outdoors

    To become a Sheep Farmer

    • You usually need livestock farming experience to work as a Sheep Farmer. While formal qualifications aren't essential, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in agriculture may be useful.

      Take a Diploma of Agriculture