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Livestock Management

Livestock management requires strong business sense and a firm understanding of how farms and ranches operate. If you enjoy working with animals and leading people, you might find a rewarding career in this field.

Inside Livestock Management

Livestock managers are responsible for running the business of poultry farms, dairy farms, cattle ranches or other livestock-related agribusinesses. They must keep accurate financial records, supervise workers and ensure proper care and feeding of animals. Managers on smaller farms may be responsible for doing some physical labor as well, like assisting with animal births or repairing machinery.

Education Information

In the past, many livestock managers gained the necessary skills by working on a farm or ranch. However, with modern technological advances being made so quickly within the field of agriculture, completing a postsecondary program may be necessary. According to a U.S. Department of Labor poll, 86% of agriculture managers hold a bachelor's degree in a field like animal husbandry, animal science or dairy science (www.onetonline.org). Classes in business, accounting and marketing are also useful in this career field. Learn more about relevant degree programs here.

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