Livestock Breeding Manager Career Profile
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28 August 2023
What is a Livestock Breeding Manager?
A Livestock Breeding Manager oversees the care of farm animal species, including the successful breeding of selected stock to achieve reproduction goals.
Livestock includes farm animals, birds and fish kept in an agricultural setting to produce a benefit to the owners.
Their tasks may overlap with other professions or careers, such as husbandry specialists, animal geneticists and artificial insemination experts.
Here are the basic distinctions to help you choose the right path:
- Breeders – Breed specific species (domesticated and wild) as a business to make an income. Their husbandry knowledge is normally self study and basic. OZT has several of these profiles under the ANIMAL BUSINESS Category.
- Breeding Managers – Such as this profile (Livestock) work for farmers. Their husbandry knowledge is high and gained through either a diploma or degree. Managers normally don’t deal that much in the actual scientific side of the breeding, but they do work with the scientists from time to time.
- Animal Husbandry Specialists – These are more experienced and qualified people who use science when consulting with farmers and their breeding managers on best breeding practices to use to maximise their animal stock.
- Artificial Insemination Technician – These are specialists with the same or higher degree of knowledge as Husbandry Specialist who work mainly with the process of artificially fertilising animals to ensure successful breeding.
- Animal Geneticists – Highly qualified scientists who use genetic coding to find the good quality genes within each kind of animal su that these genes can be focused on and replicated in future stock. They work for research institutions and academia.
Breeding Managers may also specialise in working on game farms, where they assist in the breeding of wild animals. Their education and daily tasks are not always similar, so you can have a look at the career profile if you are interested in working with wildlife.
Also known as:
- Breeding Supervisor
- Multiplication Manager
- Farrowing Manager (specialising in pig breeding)
The Livestock Breeding Manager career can be found in the following career categories:
- Farming & Livestock Management
What does a Livestock Breeding Manager do?
Groups of animals a Livestock Breeding Manager works with
What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?
What does a Livestock Breeding Manager focus on?
The primary focus of a Breeding Manager is to use best practise techniques and knowledge to ensure that a farm’s livestock breed successfully to ensure constant income for the farm owners.
What are the daily tasks of a Livestock Breeding Manager?
- Oversee the welfare, feeding, monitoring, record-keeping, care and day-to-day management of the animals in your department
- Oversee room set-up and initial inspections for mother animals
- Confirm that all animals have proper feed and water
- Monitor and assist mother animals during birth
- Monitor health of all animals
- Oversee C-sections as needed
- Manage proper euthanization to mother and baby animals
- Warrant that vaccinations of mother and baby animals are completed
- Manage weaning
- Oversee that nursery processes are completed and that wounds are treated (tail length, castration, tattooing, ruptures)
- Ensure proper ventilation to animals and assign heat lamp management
- Schedule and assign tasks to meet production goals
- Oversee general maintenance of facility including cleanliness, pest control, feed systems, power washing, etc.
- Complete daily checks on security and alarm systems, and respond to them
- Train and develop breeding staff
- Keep records and paperwork of breeding, births, weaning, illness and disease, accidents, supplies and euthanizations
- Maintain the highest level of animal health and welfare
The working Environment of a Livestock Breeding Manager
Where does a Livestock Breeding Manager work?
Livestock Breeding Managers work mostly outdoors with the animals.
Places of Employment –
They can be employed by breeding organizations and livestock farms.
What is the average annual salary of a Livestock Breeding Manager?
The average income per year is around $55,000. This will differ from country to country.
What difficulties can a Livestock Breeding Manager face?
The most difficult part is working with animals that may be temperamental and dangerous. They may also need to work long hours and over weekends.
Future growth and Possibilities
With the growth in farms and the need for more hands-on experience in breeding species with a higher yield, the market is growing at an average of 6%.
Availability of Jobs
Which Skills are required by a Livestock Breeding Manager?
The skills required for a career as a Livestock Breeding Manager 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 Care
- Animal Handling
- Handling Equipment
- Good business knowledge
- Basic customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Excellent computer literacy
Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?
If you are intending to study further, then Biology is extremely important for college and university admission.
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 has its own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects required of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counsellor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
What will I need to Study to become a Livestock Breeding Manager?
The minimum requirement to become a Livestock Breeding Manager would be a College Diploma, as most of the work would require a higher level of knowledge. Some do go on to study towards a Bachelor’s Degree at university.
Courses in farm animal production, livestock nutrition, genetics, animal science and business management.
Short Courses –
Courses in animal behaviour, physiology and farming.
The duration of a College Diploma may vary between 2 to 3 years, and a Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 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):
Stepping Stone Career
Being a Livestock Breeding Manager can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).
You can begin as an intern or apprentice after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.
Some of the possible paths:
Training and apprenticeship
Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a Livestock Breeding Manager will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.
In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.
Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior specialist or expert.
Join the Livestock Breeding Managers Group in the OZT Community to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of education of all the people who enter the career
Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations
Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.
Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.
Learn more about requirements by joining the Community.
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.
See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards animal breeding.
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