Dairy Farm Jobs in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
What is required to get a Dairy Farm job in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales? This week we are looking at the job description of a Dairy Farmer, and the employment requirements including the work involved, education and training needed to get a Dairy Farm job.
A Dairy Farmer is known for supplying milk to milk product industries, by breeding and raising cows. In most cases a Dairy Farmer will own their herd and their land. Some milk is produced at larger farms that are owned by corporations and operated by Dairy Production Technician’s and Farm Manager’s, however most dairy farming is managed and run by families.
Dairy Farm Workers must work very long hours throughout the year. Some Dairy Farmers will employ Farming Assistant’s to help with the workload. A Dairy Farmer must be up early in order to feed and milk the cows.
The Dairy Farmer starts by washing the cows udders to make sure the milk is pure. Cows are generally milked two times per day, with the use of milking machines – once in the morning and once in the evening. Cows are usually milked at night time, and are free to graze during the morning. As well as milking the cows, the Dairy Farmer must ensure the barns, pens, equipment and farm buildings are in clean condition. The Dairy Farmer will be aware of any medical conditions that the animals have – if they have any.
Most of the time the cow feed is grown by the Dairy Farmer himself – such as grain, hay, and any other kind of feed that cows usually consume. Dairy Farmers usually grow the feed themselves, as the feed is expensive and Farmers do tend to ration.
The Dairy Farmer must pay close attention to the cow in order to monitor the cost, for income purposes. Cows that are able to produce more milk, will be fed much more. However, cows who produce less milk, are given less food and then go on to be sold for meat.
To become a Dairy Worker, you must obtain the following key skills, experience and/or education:
Degree Level – High School Diploma within Agriculture, Dairy Science.
Experience - Most jobs will provide you with training so experience is not always necessary.
Key Skills – Good decision maker, good problem solver, critical thinking and judgmental. You must be willing to learn about the farming equipment and farm tools.
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