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Farmhand

A hands-on role assisting Farmers and Graziers with day-to-day tasks on crop and livestock farms.

What's it like to be a Farmhand?

Farmhands are workers who assist Farmers and Graziers with growing crops and raising livestock.

Farmhand

Tasks and duties

  • Fencing and repairs.
  • Mowing grass and fields.
  • Spraying pesticides or fertiliser.
  • Driving utes, motorbikes, tractors and quadbikes
  • Managing irrigation.
  • Working with livestock, including feeding and pasture rotation.
  • Developing pastures.
  • Harvesting crops.
  • Ensuring animal health is optimal.
  • Assisting animals that are giving birth, tending to newborns.
  • Mechanical diagnostics and repairs.
  • Milking cows, goats or sheep.
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Farmhands are typically responsible for the day-to-day work that needs to be done on the farm, usually under the guidance of a Senior Farmhand or farm owner. Duties differ depending on the type of farm involved. Their main duty overall is to ensure the farm’s crop reaches an optimal amount.

A very physically demanding job, Farmhands are expected to be hands-on at all times, often starting work early in the morning. They must be keen problem-solvers, able to think on their feet, good communicators and enjoy working in an outdoor environment.

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How to become a Farmhand


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While qualifications are not essential to become a Farmhand, they may be an advantage when seeking employment.

  1. Obtain your drivers’ licence from the roads and traffic authority in your state. It may also help to consider obtaining a tractor licence.
  2. Gain an entry-level Junior Farmhand role and work your way up to having more responsibility through a direct traineeship.
  3. Consider completing a Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716), Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30116) or a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (AHC31416) from a TAFE or a registered training organisation.

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Certificate III in Agriculture

This certificate will prepare you for roles in the livestock industry working with livestock or cropping.

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Certificate III in Horticulture

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge to prepare for entry level roles in the horticulture industry.

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How do Farmhands rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 44 Farmhands surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.2
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
4.0

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Latest Farmhand reviews

Latest reviews from 43 Farmhands surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
The Dairy industry or the one that takes you whole, for the best or for the worst.
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dairy
The good things
The good things : You're constantly outside, fresh air, and plenty of room. It is pleasant to find yourself working on a fence on your own in the middle of nowhere, and there and out using a hute, or ...
The challenges
Them challenges are a few to be involved. As there is always two sides to a coin, sometimes you find yourself stuck, or in potential danger or stressed to the bone. The reasons why are various : heavy...
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May 2021
Farm work and hard work go hand in hand, but I wouldn't consider doing anything different
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Livestock
The good things
Every day is different, it's definitely a career of passion and a lot of hard work
The challenges
Things need to be done no matter what the weather conditions
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