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At a Glance... header image

Farm workers carry out the general duties involved in running a farm.


The Work header image

Farm workers carry out the general duties involved in running a farm. Farm workers employed on arable farms specialise in duties related to the growing of crops, for example cereals, potatoes or soft fruits. This would involve looking after the crops and harvesting them. Workers employed on livestock farms specialise in the rearing and care of animals. Here farm workers would feed and water the animals, and clean out their sheds. Some farms mix arable and livestock farming, employing specialist workers or workers with experience in both areas.  
 
Most farms are in rural areas and farm workers are usually based outdoors, often working in dirty conditions. They drive tractors, operate complex machinery and farm equipment, and maintain and repair farm buildings. Farm workers on arable farms spend a lot of time in the fields sowing, planting, ploughing and harvesting crops. Farm workers specialising in livestock farming feed, water and care for the animals, keep the farm clean and hygienic, and maintain records.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Feed and water livestock and monitor food and water supplies.

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Drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals.

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Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.

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Provide medical treatment, such as administering medications and vaccinations, or arrange for veterinarians to provide more extensive treatment.

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Mix feed, additives, and medicines in prescribed portions.

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Inspect, maintain, and repair equipment, machinery, buildings, pens, yards, and fences.

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Move equipment, poultry, or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts.

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Clean stalls, pens, and equipment, using disinfectant solutions, brushes, shovels, water hoses, or pumps.

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Mark livestock to identify ownership and grade, using brands, tags, paint, or tattoos.

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Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be fit, strong and able to work alone for long periods. You will need to follow instructions accurately and work to a routine often on your own. You would have to be prepared to work long hours including evenings and weekends. Farm workers have to be out in all sorts of weather.


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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Irish Farmers Association
  Address: Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12
  Tel: (01) 450 0266
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Organisation: Clonakilty Agricultural College
  Address: Darrara, Clonakilty, Co.Cork
  Tel: 023 8832500
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Organisation: Clonakilty Agricultural College
  Address: Darrara, Clonakilty, Co.Cork
  Tel: 023 8832500
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Organisation: Mountbellew Agricultural College
  Address: Mountbellew, Co.Galway
  Tel: (090) 96 79205
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Organisation: Ballyhaise Agricultural College
  Address: Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan
  Tel: (049) 433 8108
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Organisation: Ballyhaise Agricultural College
  Address: Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan
  Tel: (049) 433 8108
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