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Working As A Farm Rancher

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $21,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Farm Rancher 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 Farm Rancher

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
$21,000
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$9,000
Min 10%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Southern Cross Underwriters
Highest Paying City
Hugoton, KS
Highest Paying State
Kansas
Avg Experience Level
8.5 years
How much does a Farm Rancher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Farm Rancher in the United States is $21,310 per year or $10 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $9,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $47,000.

Real Farm Rancher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals Meadow Lane Beef, LLC Louisburg, NC Jul 25, 2016 $31,762
Farming and Ranching Lindskov-Thiel Charolais Ranch Isabel, SD Jan 12, 2016 $28,801
Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch James & Sons Farming Hugoton, KS Jan 12, 2016 $28,801
Farm and Ranch Animals Maher Cattle, LLC Timber Lake, SD Jan 12, 2015 $28,362
Farm and Ranch Animals Joel Koskan Wood, SD Aug 12, 2015 $28,362
Farm Ranch Animal Nickolaus W. Heuchert Edinburg, ND Mar 12, 2015 $28,362
Farmworkers Farm & Ranch Randy Blunk Hardtner, KS Jan 22, 2015 $27,987
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultura Sonderegger, Mary Carter Marold or David Marold Warren, TX May 08, 2016 $25,000 -
$31,000
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch Lindy Farms of Ct. LLC. Somers, CT Nov 04, 2016 $24,501
Farm and Ranch Animal Berglings Honey Farm, LLC Butterfield, MN May 01, 2015 $24,126
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch Lindy Farms of Ct.LLC. Somers, CT Apr 17, 2015 $23,500
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Animals Felix Venegas Shearing Ozona, TX Oct 10, 2016 $23,270
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Animals Kuy Creek Cattle Company LLC Victoria, TX Apr 25, 2016 $23,270
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Animals James Jones Livestock Robert Lee, TX Feb 05, 2016 $23,270
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Animals JYW Victoria, TX Jan 12, 2015 $22,665
Farm and Ranch Animal Green Country Honey Crockett, TX Feb 01, 2015 $22,665
Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals Rutherford Ranch Pearsall, TX Apr 20, 2015 $22,665
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Animals Catarino Valenzuela Shearing Sonora, TX Jan 19, 2015 $22,665
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Animals Porter Ranch Fort Stockton, TX Jan 01, 2015 $22,665
Farmworkers Farm &Ranch Animal The Star Ranch Ozona, TX Jan 12, 2015 $22,665
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Animals Hillcountry Bluebonnet Ranch Headquarters Leakey, TX Jan 31, 2015 $22,665
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Animals High Lonesome Ranch TX Mar 09, 2015 $22,665
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Animals Kuy Creek Cattle Company LLC Victoria, TX Apr 27, 2015 $21,600
Farm and Ranch Animal Green Country Honey Pryor Creek, OK Jul 05, 2015 $21,600
Farmworkers Farm &Ranch Animal Jesse Venegas Ozona, TX Apr 27, 2015 $21,600
Farmworkers Farm and Ranch Animals Autumn Vista of Texas Detroit, TX Sep 10, 2015 $21,600
Farmworkers and Farm & Ranch Animals Pierce Ranch Ozona, TX Oct 01, 2015 $21,600
Farmworkers and Farm & Ranch Animals Owens Ranch TX Oct 26, 2015 $21,600
Farmworkers and Farm & Ranch Animals Tommy Owens Ranch Rankin, TX Apr 13, 2015 $21,600
Farmworkers, Farm & Ranch Doguet Rice Farm TX Apr 15, 2015 $21,600

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Top Skills for A Farm Rancher

  1. Cattle Grain
  2. Big Farm Equipment
  3. Heavy Equipment
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  • Fed cattle grain and silage.
  • Operated heavy equipment, fixed and maintain equipment, worked with little supervision.
  • Drive Farm Equipment- Process and gather cattle- Assist with fixing mechanical issues on various farm equipment
  • Assisted in Farming and Ranch activities.
  • changed dually tires on tractors, worked long hours and in all weather conditions.

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Top 10 Best States for Farm Ranchers

  1. New York
  2. District of Columbia
  3. New Jersey
  4. Delaware
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Connecticut
  7. Minnesota
  8. Alabama
  9. Colorado
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Farm Rancher Demographics

Gender

Male

70.7%

Female

22.7%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

69.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

6.4%

Asian

4.3%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

20.0%

Mandarin

20.0%

Japanese

20.0%

Chinese

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%
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Farm Rancher Education

Schools

Oklahoma State University

14.8%

Lake Area Technical Institute

7.4%

Texas A&M University

7.4%

University of North Dakota

7.4%

Bismarck State College

7.4%

Missouri State University

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

West Texas A&M University

3.7%

University of California - Santa Barbara

3.7%

North Central Texas College

3.7%

Kansas State University

3.7%

Florida College

3.7%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Walla Walla Community College

3.7%

Lake Region State College

3.7%

California State University - San Marcos

3.7%

Divers Institute of Technology

3.7%

Washington State University

3.7%

Lee College

3.7%

University of Kansas

3.7%
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Majors

Business

15.5%

Agricultural Business

13.8%

Automotive Technology

8.6%

Precision Metal Working

5.2%

Communication

5.2%

Education

5.2%

Management

3.4%

Psychology

3.4%

Finance

3.4%

Geology

3.4%

Photography

3.4%

Aviation

3.4%

Hospitality Management

3.4%

Real Estate

3.4%

Information Technology

3.4%

Nursing

3.4%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Agriculture

3.4%

Genetics

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

33.0%

Bachelors

33.0%

Associate

13.4%

Certificate

10.3%

Masters

6.2%

Doctorate

3.1%

License

1.0%
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