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 sprayingplant ground crops between rows of trees and bushes to control weeds and soil temperaturesconstruct wire trellises (frames) to support vines, berries and fruittake part in harvesting operations using tractors, harvesters, forklifts and hand toolsfeed livestock and poultryprepare milking machinery and assist with milking operationsclean and sterilise farm equipment clear away animal waste and hose out operational areasperform other tasks involved with the breeding and raising of livestock, such as shearing, dipping, branding, crutching, gelding, marking and assisting with artificial inseminationride horses or motorbikes to muster sheep or cattlemaintain 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 mechanical aptitude.