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Farm workers help to produce crops and livestock by using machinery and physical labour. They also help to maintain the farms they work on, through a range of different activities.

What does a Farm worker do?
Depending on the type of farm they work on and the time of year, a farm worker’s duties will vary but may include the following:

  • Ploughing fields, sowing seeds, spreading fertiliser, crop spraying and harvesting

  • Working with animals (transporting, milking, feeding, mucking out and caring for sick or newborn livestock)

  • Cleaning and disinfecting livestock pens, cages, yards, and hutches

  • Moving shrubs, plants and trees with wheelbarrows or tractors

  • Irrigating farm soil and maintaining ditches or pipes and pumps

  • Operating and servicing farm machinery

  • Harvesting and inspecting crops by hand

  • Examining animals to detect symptoms of illness or injury

  • Maintaining and cleaning farm buildings and machinery

  • Using brands, tags, or tattoos to mark livestock to identify ownership and grade

  • Laying and trimming hedges

  • Administering vaccines to protect animals from diseases

  • Erecting and mending fences

  • Digging and maintaining ditches

Skills & interests required for a Farm worker
Most farm workers will be expected to be able to operate complicated and potentially dangerous machinery on a daily basis - farm workers will need to be highly safety conscious! They will also likely need to be physically fit and capable of working long hours outdoors in all conditions.
- Flexibility
- Technical skills
- Verbal Communication
What hours does a Farm worker typically do?
Farm workers can be expected to work early mornings, evenings and weekends and they will usually work at minimum of 39 hours a week. Overtime may also be necessary during busy harvest periods, but you will be paid for this.
What environment is a Farm worker based in?
Farm workers work outside in all seasons, which can be dirty and physically demanding.
How much does a Farm worker travel?
Travelling to other farms or agricultural trade shows to talk about industry developments and techniques may be required, along with potentially transporting livestock to abattoirs or trade shows.
How much does a Farm worker get paid?
An entry-level farm worker can expect a salary of £13,000 per annum.

An experienced farm worker can expect a salary between £14,000 and £25,000 per annum.
Perks & benefits
Farm workers may be given free or low-rent accommodation on the farm as part of their contracts.
What qualifications does a Farm worker need?
There are no set education requirements to be a farm worker, but experience and knowledge of farm work, or an agricultural qualification, will be helpful.
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