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Dairy Cattle Farmers breed and raise dairy cattle for milk, meat and breeding stock.


  • breeds and raises livestock for the production of milk
  • maintains the health and condition of livestock
  • provides pastures and fodder to maintain appropriate nutritional levels
  • moves livestock to optimise feeding opportunities
  • conducts farming operations such as milking and drenching livestock, sterilising machines, and collecting, grading and packaging produce
  • oversees general farming activities such as maintaining pens, sheds and cages, fertilising, controlling pests and weeds, and growing fodder
  • maintains fences, equipment and water supply systems
  • organises the sale, purchase and transportation of livestock and produce
  • evaluates records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production
  • manages business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors.


  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

To become a Dairy Cattle Farmer

  • You usually need livestock farming experience to work as a Dairy Cattle Farmer. While formal qualifications aren't essential, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in agriculture may be useful.

    Take a Diploma of Agriculture

Skills employers are looking for

  • Farm Management

  • Calving/Calf Rearing

  • Irrigation

  • Milking Cows

  • Animal Husbandry

  • Communication Skills

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