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Farm Hand

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.
  • Working conditions
    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.
    Personal requirements
  • 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
  • mechanical aptitude.
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