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Career Overview

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What They Do


A herdsman typically manages the day-to-day farm operations for the farm/ranch owner. Many times, a herdsman will live on the property to be close to the animals at all times of the day. Their duties include caring for sick animals themselves or calling the veterinarian, managing breeding programs, maintaining fences, transporting animals and keeping thorough records to better inform the farm/ranch owner.

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Job Duties

  • Identify and care for sick animals

  • Manage a breeding program

  • Conduct artificial insemination

  • Build and repair new and existing fences

  • Work independently and as a team

  • Operate heavy equipment and semi tractor-trailers

  • Assist with birthing

  • Maintain wells, pipelines, property and equipment

  • Transport animals to market

  • Keep thorough records

  • Communicate with the farm/ranch owner on a regular basis

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Job Earnings

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (**2019 Median Annual Salary)
  • Median Annual Salary: $67,950 ($32.67/hour)

  • Bottom 10% Annual Salary: $35,440 ($17.04/hour)

  • Top 10% Annual Salary: $136,940 ($65.84/hour)

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Education/Training Requirements


An associate or bachelor’s degree in animal science or a livestock related field is expected. Experience working with livestock is also needed.  There are also experiential training programs you may participate in in lieu of college.

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Job Outlook & Growth

The future outlook for a herdsman will be good over the next five years.

Career Pathway

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Middle & High School Opportunities

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Local Colleges/Training

Local Career Connection

Natasha Sutherland

Stein Farms

Le Roy, NY

Deeper Dive

Dairy Student Experience

SUNY Morrisville Mustangs

Designing the Digital Future of Dairy Herd Management

Cornell University

Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With Herd Manager Jobs
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