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Farm Assistant - Dairy

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This is the first step on the career ladder to becoming a dairy farmer.


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Becoming a Farm assistant  is the first step on the dairy career ladder. As a farm assistant, you will gain experience in all aspects involved in the daily running of a farm. You are responsible for helping in the daily tasks as part of a team.

Typical duties include supervised milking, feeding stock and machinery duties.

You will be expected to look after farm equipment and the environment. You will also gain experience of the basic principles in: animal breeding, herd health, grassland management and safe use of machinery and handling livestock.

Once shown best practice in health and safety you are required to implement this in all aspects of your job.

 


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Personal attributes required for this role include:

  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Willingness to learn
  • Good communication skills


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Leaving Certificate, followed by a Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture is the recommended qualification for a career as a Dairy farm Assistant.

If you are interested in progressing to a career in herd management either on your home farm or via employment, you should obtain a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management and build experiences by working with high performance dairy herds.

Last Updated: July, 2015


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