08-14-2008, 07:08 AM
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LOL I understand.... you are looking for options. It's like if you said you wanted to work in medicine... what besides the doctor or nurse.( PA, PT tech, X ray tech, respiratory tech, business admin, etc...)
Wellllllllllllllll ... I would go to school with an eye on a degree in animal sciences. From their you can specialize in a smaller niche as you learn about them. I was just thinking, on a dairy farm alone you have ( in no particular order)
--The Owner - hands full of business stuff, legislative bills, co op meetings, meetings, milking, a jack of all trades.
--accountant - payroll, taxes,bills,etc
--herdsman - over all animal operation and health
--milkers ( they also do other chores on the farm)
--feeder - the person who works with the nutritionist, mixes and puts out all feeds and keeps animals conditioned.
---nutritionist - an 'outside consultant-' who comes in weekly to discuss condition of growing and silo-ed crops, takes samples to determine stuff like moisture,protein,carbs, etc. is directly responsible for the crop-to-milk costs.
--mechanics - at least one. A lot of machinery is used daily, not to mention the big bang of planting season or harvesting season.
--calf feeders - feed the unweaned calves, and are responsible for all young animal care - food, shelter etc. report to herdsman.
-- artificial insemination breeders ( unless the farm does it themselves.) come to your farm and selectively breed the animals the herdsman says is in heat.
People you see...
- - seed salespeople
--assorted gov. People checking the soil, crops,
-- machinery salespeople
-- mechanical specialists
And that's just off the top of my head without being done my first cup of coffee yet.