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82030 - Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors

Agricultural service contractors provide agricultural services such as livestock and poultry breeding, soil preparation, crop planting, crop spraying, cultivating or harvesting. Farm supervisors supervise the work of specialized livestock workers, farm machinery operators, livestock labourers, aquaculture labourers and harvesting labourers. They operate their own business or may be employed by farms and agricultural enterprises.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • artificial insemination service contractor
    • crop harvesting service contractor
    • farm foreman/woman
    • farm supervisor
    • feedlot foreman/woman
    • hog operation supervisor
    • livestock breeding service contractor
    • poultry farm foreman/woman
    • ranch foreman/woman
    • vegetable farm foreman/woman

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Harvesting labourers (See 85101 Harvesting labourers)
    • Livestock labourers (See 85100 Livestock labourers)
    • Managers in agriculture (See 80020 Managers in agriculture)
    • Managers in horticulture (See 80021 Managers in horticulture)
    • Pest controllers and fumigators (See 73202 Pest controllers and fumigators)
    • Pet groomers and animal care workers (See 65220 Pet groomers and animal care workers)
    • Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators (See 84120 Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    Agricultural service contractors

    • Provide agricultural livestock services such as artificial insemination, spraying or shearing of livestock or disinfecting pens, barns or poultry houses
    • Provide agricultural crop services such as plowing, irrigating, cultivating, spraying or harvesting
    • Assist in the development and implementation of farm safety and bio-security procedures
    • Hire and train workers
    • Negotiate the terms of services to be provided
    • Maintain financial and operational records
    • May participate in the provision of services or in the operation of machinery and equipment
    • May operate and repair digital technology and communication tools and equipment, such as robotic milking systems and global positioning systems (GPS).

    Farm supervisors

    • Coordinate, assign and supervise the work of specialized livestock workers, farm machinery operators, livestock labourers and harvesting labourers
    • Supervise and oversee breeding and other livestock-related programs
    • Supervise, monitor and enforce procedures to maintain animal and crop health and welfare
    • Supervise and oversee growing and other crop-related operations
    • Supervise maintenance of infrastructure, equipment, and supplies
    • Develop work schedules and establish procedures
    • Ensure farm safety, food safety and security and bio-security procedures are followed
    • Maintain quality control and production records
    • May perform general farm duties.
    • May operate and repair digital technology and communication tools and equipment, such as robotic milking systems and global positioning systems (GPS).

    Farm supervisors may specialize in areas such as dairy, poultry, swine, beef, sheep, equine, fruit, vegetable, mixed or other specialty farming.

  • Employment requirements

    • Agricultural service contractors usually require a university degree, college diploma or industry courses in agricultural studies and several years of experience related to the service offered.
    • Contractors providing certain services, such as artificial insemination and pesticide application, may require training certificates and provincial licensing.
    • Farm supervisors may require a college certificate or other specialized training in agriculture or livestock husbandry.
    • A course or certificate in first aid may be required.
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