Farm workers do practical and manual work on a farm with animals, crops, or both.

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. 

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Discipline
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Physical fitness
  • Time management

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Geography

Where to find out more

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