8252- Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

Canada NOC: 
Job Title: 

Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

Job Description: 

Agricultural service contractors, who own and operate their own businesses, provide agricultural services such as livestock and poultry breeding, soil preparation, crop planting, crop spraying, cultivating or harvesting. Farm supervisors supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers. Specialized livestock workers carry out feeding, health and breeding programs on dairy, beef, sheep, poultry, hog and other livestock farms.

Main Duties: 

Agricultural service contractors perform some or all the following duties:

Provide agricultural livestock services such as artificial insemination, spraying or shearing of livestock or disinfecting pens, barns or poultry houses
Provide agricultural crop services such as plowing, irrigating, cultivating, spraying or harvesting
Assist in the development and implementation of farm safety and bio-security procedures
Hire and train workers
Negotiate the terms of services to be provided
Maintain financial and operational records
May participate in the provision of services or in the operation of machinery and equipment.
Farm supervisors perform some or all of the following duties:

Co-ordinate and supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers
Supervise and oversee breeding and other livestock-related programs
Supervise and oversee growing and other crop-related operations
Develop work schedules and establish procedures
Ensure farm safety and bio-security procedures are followed
Maintain quality control and production records
May perform general farm duties.

Farm supervisors may specialize in areas such as dairy, poultry, swine, beef, sheep, equine, fruit, vegetable, mixed or other specialty farming.
Specialized livestock workers perform some or all of the following duties:

Formulate feeding programs
Implement pasture or pen breeding programs
Follow safety and bio-security procedures
Recognize and treat certain livestock health problems
Maintain livestock performance records
Select livestock for sale
Train horses
Perform general farm duties
May supervise general farm workers.

Specialized livestock workers usually specialize in one type of farm animal such as beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry or swine.

Employment Requirements: 

Agricultural service contractors usually require a university degree, college diploma or industry courses in agricultural studies and several years of experience related to the service offered.
Contractors providing certain services, such as artificial insemination and pesticide application, may require training certificates and provincial licensing.
Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers may require a college certificate or other specialized training in agriculture or livestock husbandry.
A course or certificate in first aid may be required.

Classified Elsewhere: 

General farm workers (8431)
Harvesting labourers (8611)
Managers in agriculture (0821)
Managers in horticulture (0822)
Pest controllers and fumigators (7444)
Pet groomers and animal care workers (6563)

Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X