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85100 – Livestock labourers

Livestock labourers assist other farm workers to raise cattle, poultry and other animals, to help carry out feeding, health and breeding programs, to process animal products and to assist in the maintenance and repair of farm equipment and buildings. They are employed on livestock farms.


Example titles

  • Beef cattle farm worker
  • Cattle ranch labourer
  • Dairy farm worker
  • Livestock labourer
  • Poultry farm worker

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Feed and tend livestock, poultry and other animals
  • Milk animals such as cows and goats, manually or with a machine
  • Sort, brand and handle animals
  • Maintain or assist in the maintenance of facilities and farm infrastructure including cleaning stables, barns, barnyards and pens
  • Assist with breeding activities
  • May monitor health of animals and provide care
  • May prepare animals for transportation
  • May operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment.

Employment requirements

  • There are no specific education or training requirements.

Additional information

  • Progression to other livestock worker positions is possible with experience.


  • Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors (82030)
  • Managers in agriculture (80020)
  • Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators (84120)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
5 – Occupations usually require short-term work demonstration and no formal education
Major group
85 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Sub-major group
851 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Minor group
8510 – Agriculture, horticulture and harvesting labourers and related occupations
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