Farm hands assist farmers and graziers with growing crops and feeding and raising livestock.
Duties & Tasks
Farm hands may perform the following tasks:cultivate soil, sow crops and control weeds by slashing, rotary hoeing or chemical spraying
plant ground crops between rows of trees and bushes to control weeds and soil temperatures
construct wire trellises (frames) to support vines, berries and fruit
take part in harvesting operations using tractors, harvesters, forklifts and hand tools
feed livestock and poultry
prepare milking machinery and assist with milking operations
clean and sterilise farm equipment
clear away animal waste and hose out operational areas
perform other tasks involved with the breeding and raising of livestock, such as shearing, dipping, branding, crutching, gelding, marking and assisting with artificial insemination
ride horses or motorbikes to muster sheep or cattle
maintain and repair farm buildings, bores, fences, machinery, troughs, windmills and other equipment.
Farm hand work can be physically demanding. During lambing, calving, mustering, harvesting or fruit picking time, farm hands may be required to work long and irregular hours. Accommodation may be provided by the employer on the property.
enjoy practical work
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to undertake manual and heavy work
able to handle animals with confidence and patience
enjoy working outdoors
able to work for long hours and in all kinds of weather conditions
able to work both in a team and with limited social contact