Job Qualification Possible job/career expectations
Farmhand Assistant Certificate I in Rural Operations Dairy farm assistant jobs are usually the beginning of a career in the dairy industry. Work undertaken usually involves working under direct supervision and can include: Milking; operating farm vehicles and equipment; assisting in livestock management; helping with general farm duties such as fencing and farm maintenance.
Farmhand Certificate II in Agriculture A dairy farmhand is likely to be involved in a wide range of tasks with only limited supervision. Tasks could include: animal husbandry procedures and handling; moving and drafting of livestock; pest control and application of chemicals; fencing; irrigation and farm maintenance; simple testing procedures and administration duties.
Tradesperson Certificate III in Agriculture
(Dairy Production)
A dairy tradesperson is likely to be involved in a wide range of dairy farm operations including: supervision of milking procedures; crop establishment and fodder conservation animal husbandry programs; installation, operation and service of water supply and irrigation systems; operation of a waste system and implementation of a sustainable land use practices; communications with dairy industry organisations, suppliers, consultants and contractors.
Supervisor Certificate IV in Agriculture A dairy supervisor has responsibility for a number of workers and a range of dairy farm activities including: monitoring dairy herd health and overseeing milking; staff supervision and training; pasture and crop management; supervision of machinery and equipment use; maintenance, budget and stock control.
Farm Manager Diploma of Agriculture or Rural Business Management A dairy farm manager is likely to have significant responsibilities in managing dairy production activities including: property planning and management; livestock breeding and production; staff management; business planning and operations.
Farm Owner/Manager Advanced Diploma of Agriculture or Rural Business Management A dairy farm owner-manager has the primary responsibility for ensuring that the dairy enterprise is successfully managed. These responsibilities may include: whole farm planning and management; managing production systems; marketing of products; strategic planning; financial management.