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Livestock Production Management (SOC CODE: 45-2093.00)

Job Description Overview

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals examine animals to detect diseases and injuries assist in birth deliveries and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.

Related Careers

  • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop
  • Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
  • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
  • Nursery Workers
  • Agricultural Equipment Operators
  • Forest and Conservation Workers
  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
  • Farm and Ranch Managers
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
  • Aquacultural Managers

Sample Job Duties

  • Feed and water livestock and monitor food and water supplies.
  • Drive trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
  • Shift animals between grazing areas to ensure that they have sufficient access to food.
  • Provide medical treatment, such as administering medications and vaccinations, or arrange for veterinarians to provide more extensive treatment.
  • Order food for animals, and arrange for its delivery.
  • Perform duties related to livestock reproduction, such as breeding animals within appropriate timeframes, performing artificial inseminations, and helping with animal births.
  • Mix feed, additives, and medicines in prescribed portions.
  • Inspect, maintain, and repair equipment, machinery, buildings, pens, yards, and fences.
  • Move equipment, poultry, or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Livestock Production Management

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      This certificate is designed to give students basic skills in livestock production management for employment opportunities on farms, ranches and agriculture sales and services.

      Program Learning Outcomes

      • Students will be technically proficient.
      • Students will design a comprehensive production/business plan for various livestock species.

        Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

      Required Courses

      VOC AGL14
      Swine Production
      VOC AGL17
      Sheep Production
      VOC AGL30
      Beef Production
      VOC AGL34
      Livestock Judging and Selection
      VOC AGL97
      Artificial Insemination of Livestock
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