- examining topographical, physical and soil characteristics of farmland to determine its most effective use and identify nutrient deficiencies
- assisting in developing new methods of planting, fertilising, harvesting and processing crops to achieve optimum land usage
- identifying pathogenic micro-organisms and insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and assisting in devising methods of control
- analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality
- inspecting livestock to gauge the effectiveness of feed formulae
- assisting in controlled breeding experiments to develop improved crop and livestock strains
- arranging the supply of drugs, vaccines and other chemicals to Farmers and Farm Managers, and giving advice on their use
- collecting and collating data for research
- planning slaughtering, harvesting and other aspects of production processes
- may advise producers on farming techniques and management
An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Around one in three workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.
VET Course Providers:
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
For more information on required qualifications, click here.
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