Grazing Assistant Career Profile
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UPDATED: 29 May 2023
What is a Grazing Assistant?
The Grazing Assistant helps in the day to day management, shepherding and transporting of grazing animals while within chosen grazing areas.
Managed grazing is a way to move livestock around in a specific area to help eradicate problem plants or help with rotating grazing areas.
They can work closely with officials that help in grazing practices. They are called:
The career might be called something else in other countries:
The Grazing Assistant career can be found in the following career categories:
- Animal Care
- Farming and Livestock Management
What does a Grazing Assistant do?
Groups of animals a Grazing Assistant works with
What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?
What does a Grazing Assistant focus on?
The main function of a grazing assistant is to help look after grazing animals (sheep, goats, cattle) while they move around and graze.
What are the daily tasks of a Grazing Assistant?
- Monitor and look after the livestock
- Help with feeding and medical check-ups
- Transport herds to specific grazing areas
- Research new grazing methods
- Work with senior staff
- Liaise with clients
- Administration and marketing
The working Environment of a Grazing Assistant
Where does a Grazing Assistant work?
Grazing Assistants will mainly work outdoors, tending and transporting the animals.
Places of Employment –
They can be employed by large farms or government.
They can also start their own grazing management businesses where they help small farmers to find grazing areas and then transport the livestock there and back.
What is the average annual salary of a Grazing Assistant?
They can earn a yearly average of US$36,000 per year. The income will be different according to experience and country.
Can a Grazing Assistant be promoted?
Most Grazing Assistants can be employed where there is an existing hierarchical structure.
Grazing Assistant > Grazing or Pasture Manager
What difficulties can a Grazing Assistant face?
Transporting animals can always become a bit tricky with bite and kicks causing injuries.
The work might entail long hours and working over weekends and holidays.
Future Growth and Possibilities
Overall employment is projected to grow steady at around 3%.
Availability of Jobs
Which Skills are required by a Grazing Assistant?
The skills required for a career as a Grazing Assistant can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Animal Handling
- Animal Care
- Good health and physical fitness
- Computer literacy
Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?
Language as a subject is key for you to understand more about farming and agricultural terminology.
The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
What will I need to Study to become a Grazing Assistant
The minimum qualifications to become a Grazing Assistant is a High School Certificate. It is also possible to study further (College Diploma) to focus on larger grazing herds and modern methods.
You can follow a degree with majors in agricultural safety, livestock management, land management.
Short Courses –
Short Courses in animal husbandry and handling.
The duration of a College Diploma is between 2 and 3 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.
Possible Career Preparation Paths
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
Possible Combined Career Paths
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):
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Where can I study further?
All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.
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