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Farmers and related occupations cultivate arable crops, fruits and trees, and raise cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and other livestock for consumption.


  • Feeds and waters animals, takes responsibility for livestock health and welfare, treats minor ailments and calls vet if necessary
  • Plants, propagates, sprays, fertilises and harvests field crops
  • Undertakes farm maintenance tasks such as fencing, hedging, cleaning and building maintenance
  • Operates and maintains farm machinery such as combine harvesters, straw balers, milking machines and tractors
  • Arranges for the sale of crops, livestock and other farm produce
  • Maintains records of production, finance and breeding
  • Ensures good environmental practice is observed in all tasks.

Entry Requirements

No formal academic qualifications are required, but prior practical farming experience is normally needed. Training is typically received on-the-job and via a variety of vocational qualifications in agriculture, including NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1 to 4. Apprenticeships are also available in some areas.

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