ResponsibilitiesThe typical tasks performed by a farm hand includeFeeding animalsProviding animals with waterCleaning out pens and enclosuresProviding fresh straw and hayEnsuring the physical wellbeing of all the animals on the farmMoving animals from one area of the farm to the otherMaintaining the condition of the farm buildingsOperating complex farming machineryMaintaining the machinery located across the farm environmentShearing sheepPlanting crops and caring for them whilst they growSpraying crops and checking them for diseaseHarvesting cropsMilking cowsProviding specialist care for vulnerable animals, including orphansAlerting the farmer to any problems regarding the animals or the general environmentQualificationsIndividuals who wish to become farm hands do not need to hold any formal qualifications.
Indeed, many farm hands apply for a permanent position straight after leaving school and many gain experience whilst still studying at school.
Once individuals have started work at a farm, the farmer may choose to send them on specific courses, which provide more in-depth training which is relevant to different areas of farm work.
For instance, the farmer may wish their employees to attend courses which instruct individuals about the best ways to operate heavy machinery.
SkillsFarm AssistantsGood Farm Assistants will need to possess the following skillsA thorough knowledge of farming practices and different farming methodsPhysical strength and staminaSensitivityA practical mindProblem-solving skillsThe ability to use ones own initiativeFlexibilityOrganisational skillsThe ability to work well as part of a teamDedication to furthering the successful development of the farming environment