What does a farm worker do?
Your work will vary depending on the type of farm and the time of year, but can include:
- working with animals – such as feeding, cleaning (mucking out), caring for sick or newborn livestock and using milking machines for dairy work
- ploughing fields, sowing seeds, spreading fertiliser, crop spraying and harvesting
- operating tractors, combine harvesters and other farm vehicles
- maintenance of farm buildings
- laying and trimming hedges
- digging and maintaining ditches
- putting up and mending fences
You would be supervised by the farm owner, manager, supervisor or landowner, and you may also supervise casual staff.
What do I need to do to become a farm worker?
You don’t need any particular qualifications for this job, but experience of working on a farm would help – through work experience or a weekend or holiday job.
You need to be physically fit and may need a driving licence.
Although not essential, you could take a course at an agricultural college to prepare for work in this industry. You may be able to start this work through an apprenticeship.
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