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Herdsperson needed in Canada by Philipsen Farm Ltd

Your job as a herdsperson involves looking after the livestock on a farm. This means responsibility for ensuring all of the animals are properly nourished and that the farm complies with health and welfare laws. You’ll also be responsible for achieving all output targets for growth and milking etc.

Job details

  •  Location: Lacombe, AB
  •  Salary: $16.58 to $25.00HOUR hourly for 40 to 50 hours per week
  •  Terms of employment: Permanent employment
    Full time
  •  Evening, Night, Weekend, Shift, Early Morning
  •  Start date: Starts as soon as possible
  •  Benefits: Long term benefits
  •  Vacancies: 2 vacancies

A dairy herdsman is responsible for the daily care and management of dairy cattle. They are chiefly concerned with maintaining the health of the dairy herd and ensuring that milk production quotas are met.

Dairy Herdsman Duties & Responsibilities

To ensure herd health, a dairy herdsman typically performs the following tasks:

  • Monitors the health of all animals on the premises and notes any behavioral changes
  • Milks, waters, and feeds cattle two or three times a day
  • Treats minor injuries or illnesses as they occur
  • Trims hooves
  • Gives vaccinations and other injections
  • Assists with calving
  • Performs artificial insemination
  • Maintains comprehensive health and production records
  • Works closely with the veterinarian during examinations

The herdsman must also be qualified to operate milking machines and other equipment, troubleshooting any mechanical problems or other issues as they arise. The milking parlor must be kept clean and up to the standards required by the dairy inspector.

The herdsman must also manage dairy employees and other staff members, ensuring that all tasks are completed properly and in a timely fashion. Additional duties may include transporting animals to and from auctions, raising hay or other forages, providing basic farm maintenance, or any additional duties assigned by the farm owner.

Job requirements




College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma from a program of 1 year to 2 years
or equivalent experience

  • Agriculture, General


1 year to less than 2 years

Specific Skills
Monitoring animal health
Equipment and Machinery Experience
Tractor; Storage and silage system; Milking system (automated); Feeding and watering system; Automated manure handling or storage system
Additional Skills
Perform general farm duties; Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment; Maintain work records and logs
Area of Specialization
Dairy cattle
Type of Farm Operations
Dairy; Other grain farming
Security and Safety
Driver’s validity licence check
Transportation/Travel Information
Own transportation; Valid driver’s licence
Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities
Fast-paced environment; Physically demanding; Attention to detail
Ability to Supervise
3-4 people
Work Location Information
Rural area
Agricultural Service Contractors Specific Skills
Provide agricultural livestock services such as artificial insemination, spraying or shearing of livestock or disinfecting pens, barns or poultry houses
Farm Supervisors Specific Skills
Maintain quality control and production records; Supervise and oversee breeding and other livestock-related programs
Specialized Livestock Workers Specific Skills
Recognize and treat certain livestock health problems; Calving; Feed inventory; Handling animals; Farm animal grooming
Personal Suitability
Team player; Excellent oral communication; Excellent written communication; Organized
Long term benefits
Group insurance benefits
Screening questions
Do you have previous experience in this field of employment?


Long term benefits

Group insurance benefits

This employer promotes equal employment opportunities for all job applicants, including those self-identifying as a member of these groups: Newcomers to Canada

Who can apply to this job?

The employer accepts applications from:

  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
  • Other candidates with or without a valid Canadian work permit.

How to apply

By email

How-to-apply instructions

Here is what you must include when submitting your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Highest level of education and name of institution where it was completed

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