General Farm Labours- responsibilities
General farm labourers work for farmers on crop farms producing fruits and vegetables, or on livestock and specialty farms that raise animals for the meat and poultry markets.
Work on the farm involves helping with the many routine jobs of farming. Planting, cultivating and harvesting crops; using, repairing and maintaining farm machinery and buildings; and raising livestock and poultry, is hard, physical work.
On crop farms, general laborers work at jobs such as digging by hand or by machine, picking rocks from the fields, clearing land, ploughing, planting by hand or by tractor, transplanting, weeding, pruning, hoeing, fertilizing, watering, harvesting, storing and packing produce for market delivery.
Working with livestock involves making sure the animals are well cared for. Daily jobs can include feeding and looking after animals, milking, cleaning stables, barns, barnyards and pens and preparing animals for shipping.
Farm labourers work long hard hours. They must be strong physically, enjoy working outdoors, able to follow instructions and work independently, and have common sense in good measure in order to work safely.
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