SKILLS – Farm Work

Most farm kids I know just go about their business, doing chores at home, without realising that the things they do look FABULOUS on their resume....

Tell your story…

Have you got Farming Skills?

To understand YOUR skills, you need to tell YOUR story a step by step outline of what YOU do. Remember to include in your story what other people think of you.

As an EXAMPLE here is Jack’s story:

What is your farm story Jack?

  • My family owns a dairy farm and I help out.

What do you do?

  • I milk in the mornings and sometimes in the evening.

What do you do?

  • I go down the paddock and get the cows on the four-wheeler. We have a dog who helps. I bring them to the dairy and push them up.og who helps. I bring them to the dairy and push them up.

What happens next?

  • Dad has set up the dairy, so we start milking, we feed in the bale, so it’s my job to make sure there is enough grain.

What next?

  • We milk all the cows, and wash down the shed and clean all the cups with really hot water.

What next?

  • The tanker comes at the end of milking, so I have to clean out the vat.

What next?

  • It depends on the season, but sometimes we have to feed calves, and other times we have to help with AI or herd testing. Sometimes I will do a bit of the irrigation for Dad too, depending on how close it is to the house.

What would your Dad say about you?

  • He would probably say that I am pretty reliable and good with the cows.


This is what Jack could write in his resume.



Jack, or one of his farming friends, might be able to write sentences like these in their resume or letter of application…

  • Able to work independently to milk cows and feed calves.
  • Responsible for shifting electric fences, assisting with AI and bringing up cows for milking.
  • Punctual to work to begin milking at 3.30pm. Able to read and follow instructions left in the dairy.
  • Thorough and meticulous when cleaning the dairy at the end of each milking.
  • Able to identify cows whose milk should not go into the VAT.
  • Able to work in teams when fencing and hay carting.
  • Able to relay messages between owner and contractors who visit the farm.


Jack might also be able to use words or phrases like the following in his resume or letter of application… experienced in:

  • Working with Diary Cows / Beef Cattle / Chickens / Horses / Pigs / Goats / ?
  • Milking
  • Tractor Work
  • Motorbike
  • Fencing
  • Herd Testing
  • Herding Cattle
  • Cropping / Slashing
  • Irrigation
  • Hay Carting
  • Shearing / Crutching
  • Drenching

What else can you think of?


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