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Working As a Breeder

  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Breeder Do

Agricultural workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor under the supervision of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.

Duties

Agricultural workers typically do the following:

  • Harvest and inspect crops by hand
  • Irrigate farm soil and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps
  • Operate and service farm machinery and tools
  • Spray fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungi, and weeds
  • Move shrubs, plants, and trees with wheelbarrows or tractors
  • Feed livestock and clean and disinfect their pens, cages, yards, and hutches
  • Examine animals to detect symptoms of illnesses or injuries
  • Use brands, tags, or tattoos to mark livestock in order to identify ownership and grade
  • Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures
  • Administer vaccines to protect animals from diseases

The following are examples of types of agricultural workers:

Crop, nursery, and greenhouse farmworkers and laborers perform numerous tasks related to growing and harvesting grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other crops. They plant, seed, prune, irrigate, and harvest crops, and pack and load them for shipment.

Farmworkers also apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers to crops. They repair fences and some farm equipment.

Nursery and greenhouse workers prepare land or greenhouse beds for growing horticultural products such as trees, plants, flowers, and sod. They also plant, water, prune, weed, and spray the plants. They may cut, roll, and stack sod; stake trees; tie, wrap, and pack plants to fill orders; and dig up or move field-grown shrubs and trees.

Farm and ranch animal farmworkers care for live animals, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. These animals usually are raised to supply meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, or honey.

These farmworkers may feed, herd, brand, weigh, and load animals. They also keep records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides.

Many workers clean and maintain animal housing areas every day. On dairy farms, animal farmworkers operate milking machines.

Agricultural equipment operators use a variety of farm equipment to plow and sow seeds, as well as maintain and harvest crops. They may use tractors, fertilizer spreaders, balers, combines, threshers, and trucks. These workers also operate machines such as conveyor belts, loading machines, separators, cleaners, and dryers. Workers may make adjustments and minor repairs to equipment.

Animal breeders use their knowledge of genetics and animal science to select and breed animals that will produce offspring with desired traits and characteristics. For example, they breed chickens that lay more eggs, pigs that produce leaner meat, and sheep with more desirable wool. Other animal breeders breed and raise cats, dogs, and other household pets.

To know which animals to breed and when to breed them, animal breeders keep detailed records. Breeders note animals’ health, size, and weight, as well as the amount and quality of the product they produce. Animal breeders also track the traits of animals’ offspring.

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How To Become A Breeder

Agricultural workers typically receive on-the-job training. A high school diploma is not needed for most jobs as an agricultural worker; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders.

Education and Training

Most agricultural workers do not need a high school diploma; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders. Some jobs as an animal breeder may require some postsecondary education.

Agricultural workers typically receive some short-term on-the-job training. Employers instruct them on how to use simple farming tools and more complex machinery while following appropriate safety procedures. More experienced workers also are expected to perform routine maintenance on the tools they use.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Agricultural workers need excellent hand–eye coordination to harvest crops and operate farm machinery.

Listening skills. Agricultural workers need to work well with others. Because they take instructions from farmers and other agricultural managers, effective listening is critical.

Physical stamina. Agricultural workers need to be able to perform laborious tasks repeatedly.

Physical strength. Agricultural workers must be strong enough to lift heavy objects, including tools and crops.

Mechanical skills. Agricultural workers must be able to operate complex farm machinery. They also occasionally do routine maintenance on the machinery.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Animal breeders sometimes need previous work experience interacting with livestock. Ranch workers may transition into animal breeding after they become more familiar with animals and learn how to handle them.

Advancement

Agricultural workers may advance to crew leader or other supervisory positions. The ability to speak both English and Spanish is helpful for agricultural supervisors.

Some agricultural workers aspire to become farmers, ranchers, or agricultural managers or to own their own farms and ranches. Knowledge of produce and livestock may provide an excellent background for becoming buyers or purchasing agents of farm products. Those who earn a college degree in agricultural science could become agricultural or food scientists.

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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$52,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$128,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bayer
Highest Paying City
Evansville, IN
Highest Paying State
Pennsylvania
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Breeder make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Breeder in the United States is $82,354 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $128,000.

Real Breeder Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Spring Hybrid Wheat Breeder Bayer Cropscience LP Sabin, MN Mar 10, 2016 $134,582
Spring Hybrid Wheat Breeder Bayer Cropscience LP Sabin, MN Aug 09, 2016 $133,250
Spring Hybrid Wheat Breeder Bayer Cropscience LP Sabin, MN Nov 24, 2015 $130,000
Spring Hybrid Wheat Breeder Bayer Cropscience LP Fargo, ND Dec 08, 2014 $130,000
Wheat Breeder Limagrain Cereal Seeds LLC Waitsburg, WA Jan 10, 2014 $111,165
Wheat Breeder Limagrain Cereal Seeds LLC Waitsburg, WA Oct 01, 2014 $111,165
Line Development Breeder Monsanto Company Evansville, IN Oct 01, 2011 $110,000
Wheat Breeder Limagrain Cereal Seeds, LLC Waitsburg, WA Oct 01, 2011 $105,000
Hard Red Spring Wheat Breeder Monsanto Company Filer, ID Apr 15, 2015 $102,500
Trait Integration Breeder Monsanto Company Chesterfield, MO Aug 19, 2015 $95,966
Breeder Monsanto Company Woodland, CA Jan 05, 2015 $95,758
Discovery Breeder Monsanto Company Williamsburg, IA Oct 23, 2014 $95,742
Line Development Breeder Monsanto Company Gothenburg, NE Mar 10, 2011 $95,090
Trait Integration Breeder Monsanto Company Chesterfield, MO Aug 17, 2014 $94,070
Line Development Breeder Monsanto Company Lubbock, TX May 09, 2014 $93,636
Strategic Trait Breeder Monsanto Company MS Jan 09, 2014 $93,636
Line Development Breeder Monsanto Company Lebanon, IN Aug 17, 2014 $92,025
Commercial Breeder Monsanto Company Leesburg, GA Feb 13, 2012 $91,566
Onion Pre-Breeder Nunhems USA, Inc. Brooks, OR Sep 16, 2013 $90,500
Onion Pre-Breeder Nunhems USA, Inc. Salem, OR Sep 16, 2013 $90,500
Breeder Monsanto Company Huxley, IA Sep 06, 2012 $89,142
Breeder Bayer Cropscience LP Marion, AR Nov 21, 2016 $88,000
Soybean Breeder Monsanto Company Harrisburg, SD Oct 01, 2011 $87,000
Strategic Trait Breeder Monsanto Company Lubbock, TX May 09, 2011 $86,700
Breeder II Nunhems USA, Inc. Acampo, CA Sep 10, 2015 $85,000
Breeder II Nunhems USA, Inc. Acampo, CA Sep 11, 2015 $85,000
Discovery Breeder Monsanto Company Stanton, MN Aug 26, 2014 $81,600 -
$99,700
South American Popcorn Breeder The Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association, Inc. IN Nov 01, 2014 $80,050

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Top Skills for A Breeder

  1. AKC
  2. Customer Service
  3. General Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cared for and tended to multiple AKC Chihuahua dogs/puppies.
  • Executed sales, customer service, bookkeeping, and invoicing/billing.
  • Planned, scheduled, and coordinated general maintenance, major repairs, and remodeling for residential property.
  • Recognized with the 2014 Operational Excellence Award, Monsanto for outstanding contributions.
  • Plan to take my animal career further.

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Top 10 Best States for Breeders

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Delaware
  3. West Virginia
  4. Virginia
  5. Maryland
  6. Connecticut
  7. Ohio
  8. Rhode Island
  9. North Carolina
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Breeder Demographics

Gender

Male

53.6%

Female

35.8%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4%

Portuguese

14.3%

German

7.1%

Somali

7.1%
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Breeder Education

Schools

Iowa Central Community College

9.1%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

9.1%

Texas A&M University

9.1%

University of Florida

6.1%

University of California - Davis

6.1%

Parkland College

6.1%

Tennessee State University

6.1%

Everest University Online - Tampa

6.1%

Charleston Southern University

6.1%

The Academy

6.1%

Rose State College

3.0%

Brown University

3.0%

University of Northern Colorado

3.0%

Vatterott College - Quincy

3.0%

Daytona State College

3.0%

Washington State University

3.0%

Southside Virginia Community College

3.0%

University of New England

3.0%

Des Moines Area Community College

3.0%

University of Memphis

3.0%
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Majors

Business

17.1%

Plant Sciences

11.7%

Biology

8.1%

General Studies

8.1%

Animal Science

6.3%

Criminal Justice

6.3%

Nursing

5.4%

Psychology

4.5%

Genetics

3.6%

Agricultural Business

3.6%

Veterinary Medicine

2.7%

Medical Assisting Services

2.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.7%

Elementary Education

2.7%

Automotive Technology

2.7%

Botany

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Agriculture

2.7%

Management

1.8%

Fine Arts

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

40.9%

Bachelors

22.8%

Associate

12.9%

Doctorate

8.2%

Masters

7.0%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

2.9%
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