Sheep Farmer

Sheep Farmers breed and raise sheep for wool, meat and breeding stock.

Overview

Sheep Farmers breed and raise sheep for wool, meat and breeding stock.

Day-to-day

  • breeds and raises livestock for the production of meat, fibre and milk
  • monitors and maintains the health and condition of livestock
  • provides pastures and fodder to maintain appropriate nutritional levels
  • moves livestock to optimise feeding opportunities
  • organises and conducts farming operations such as mustering, shearing and drenching livestock, sterilising machines, and collecting, grading and packaging produce
  • directs and 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
  • maintains and evaluates records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly
  • manages business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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To become a Sheep Farmer

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

    Take a Diploma of Agriculture

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