NOC 8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers



Agricultural service contractors, who own and operate their own businesses, provide agricultural services such as livestock and poultry breeding, soil preparation, crop planting, crop spraying, cultivating or harvesting. Farm supervisors supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers. Specialized livestock workers carry out feeding, health and breeding programs on dairy, beef, sheep, poultry, hog and other livestock farms.

Main Duties

Agricultural service contractors perform some or all the following duties:

  • Provide agricultural livestock services such as artificial insemination, spraying or shearing of livestock or disinfecting pens, barns or poultry houses
  • Provide agricultural crop services such as plowing, irrigating, cultivating, spraying or harvesting
  • Assist in the development and implementation of farm safety and bio-security procedures
  • Hire and train workers
  • Negotiate the terms of services to be provided
  • Maintain financial and operational records
  • May participate in the provision of services or in the operation of machinery and equipment.

Farm supervisors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Co-ordinate and supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers
  • Supervise and oversee breeding and other livestock-related programs
  • Supervise and oversee growing and other crop-related operations
  • Develop work schedules and establish procedures
  • Ensure farm safety and bio-security procedures are followed
  • Maintain quality control and production records
  • May perform general farm duties.

Farm supervisors may specialize in areas such as dairy, poultry, swine, beef, sheep, equine, fruit, vegetable, mixed or other specialty farming.

Specialized livestock workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Formulate feeding programs
  • Implement pasture or pen breeding programs
  • Follow safety and bio-security procedures
  • Recognize and treat certain livestock health problems
  • Maintain livestock performance records
  • Select livestock for sale
  • Train horses
  • Perform general farm duties
  • May supervise general farm workers.

Specialized livestock workers usually specialize in one type of farm animal such as beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry or swine.

Employment Requirements

  • Agricultural service contractors usually require a university degree, college diploma or industry courses in agricultural studies and several years of experience related to the service offered.
  • Contractors providing certain services, such as artificial insemination and pesticide application, may require training certificates and provincial licensing.
  • Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers may require a college certificate or other specialized training in agriculture or livestock husbandry.
  • A course or certificate in first aid may be required.

All Titles

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  • animal farm foreman/womananimal farm foreman, animal farm forewoman, livestock foreman, livestock forewoman
  • animal husbandry foreman/womananimal husbandry foreman, animal husbandry forewoman
  • apple orchard foreman/womanapple orchard foreman, apple orchard forewoman, foreman, apple orchard, forewoman, apple orchard
  • artificial insemination service contractor
  • artificial inseminator
  • beef cattle herdsperson
  • caponizing service contractor
  • cattle feedlot foreman/womancattle feedlot foreman, cattle feedlot forewoman
  • cattle herdsperson
  • cattle ranch foreman/womancattle ranch foreman, cattle ranch forewoman
  • contractor – agricultural service
  • contractor, artificial insemination service
  • contractor, crop harvesting service
  • contractor, farm produce packing service
  • contractor, fertilization service – agriculture
  • contractor, weed control service – agriculture
  • corral boss
  • crop dusting contractor
  • crop dusting service contractor
  • crop harvesting contractor
  • crop harvesting service contractor
  • custom combine contractor
  • custom combine operator
  • custom harvester
  • custom operator, farm machinery
  • dairy farm foreman/womandairy farm foreman, dairy farm forewoman
  • dairy farm workers foreman/womandairy farm workers foreman, dairy farm workers forewoman, foreman, dairy farm workers, forewoman, dairy farm workers
  • dairy herdsperson
  • dehorning service contractor
  • dressage and stunt horse trainer
  • egg grading station manager
  • farm boss
  • farm business foreman/womanfarm business foreman, farm business forewoman
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  • farm irrigating system contractor
  • farm operation foreman/womanfarm operation foreman, farm operation forewoman
  • farm operation supervisor
  • farm produce grading service contractor
  • farm produce packing service contractor
  • farm supervisor
  • farm workers supervisor
  • feedlot foreman/womanfeedlot foreman, feedlot forewoman, foreman, feedlot, forewoman, feedlot
  • feedlot herd attendant
  • fertilization service contractor – agriculture
  • field crop and vegetable workers foreman/womanfield crop and vegetable workers foreman, field crop and vegetable workers forewoman, foreman, field crop and vegetable workers, forewoman, field crop and vegetable workers
  • field crop foreman/womanfield crop foreman, field crop forewoman
  • field-grown crop foreman/womanfield-grown crop foreman, field-grown crop forewoman
  • field-grown crop workers foreman/womanfield-grown crop workers foreman, field-grown crop workers forewoman
  • foreman/woman, apple orchard
  • foreman/woman, dairy farm workers
  • foreman/woman, farm
  • foreman/woman, feedlot
  • foreman/woman, field crop and vegetable workers
  • foreman/woman, fruit farmforeman, fruit farm, forewoman, fruit farm, fruit farm foreman, fruit farm forewoman
  • foreman/woman, fruit farm workersforeman, fruit farm workers, forewoman, fruit farm workers, fruit farm workers foreman, fruit farm workers forewoman
  • foreman/woman, hatchery workersforeman, hatchery workers, forewoman, hatchery workers, hatchery workers foreman, hatchery workers forewoman
  • foreman/woman, livestock farm workersforeman, livestock farm workers, forewoman, livestock farm workers, livestock farm workers foreman, livestock farm workers forewoman
  • foreman/woman, orchardforeman, orchard, forewoman, orchard, orchard foreman, orchard forewoman
  • foreman/woman, poultry farm workersforeman, poultry farm workers, forewoman, poultry farm workers, poultry farm workers foreman, poultry farm workers forewoman
  • foreman/woman, ranchforeman, ranch, forewoman, ranch, ranch foreman, ranch forewoman
  • foreman/woman, vegetable farm workersforeman, vegetable farm workers, forewoman, vegetable farm workers, vegetable farm workers foreman, vegetable farm workers forewoman
  • foreman/woman, vineyardforeman, vineyard, forewoman, vineyard, vineyard foreman, vineyard forewoman
  • fruit farm foreman/woman
  • fruit farm workers foreman/woman
  • grain crop foreman/womangrain crop foreman, grain crop forewoman
  • grain custom harvester
  • hatchery foreman/womanhatchery foreman, hatchery forewoman
  • hatchery workers foreman/woman
  • herd attendantherdsman, herdswoman
  • herd attendant, feedlot
  • herd superintendent
  • herdsman/woman
  • herdsperson
  • hog farm foreman/womanhog farm foreman, hog farm forewoman
  • hog farm supervisor
  • hog farm workers supervisor
  • hog operation supervisor
  • hop farm foreman/womanhop farm foreman, hop farm forewoman
  • horse stable foreman/womanhorse stable foreman, horse stable forewoman
  • horse trainer
  • irrigation supervisor – agriculture
  • livery stable foreman/womanlivery stable foreman, livery stable forewoman
  • livestock attendant
  • livestock breeding service contractor
  • livestock exchange contractor
  • livestock farm workers foreman/woman
  • livestock foreman/woman
  • livestock raising foreman/womanlivestock raising foreman, livestock raising forewoman
  • maple products foreman/woman – agriculturemaple products foreman – agriculture, maple products forewoman – agriculture
  • milking services contractor
  • mink farm supervisor
  • mink ranch supervisor
  • orchard foreman/woman
  • pasture-managing supervisor
  • planting and cultivation contractor
  • pork production technician
  • pork production technician apprentice
  • poultry farm foreman/womanpoultry farm foreman, poultry farm forewoman
  • poultry farm workers foreman/woman
  • poultry operation supervisor
  • poultry-hatching services contractor
  • racehorse trainer
  • ranch foreman/woman
  • seed cleaning service contractor
  • seeding contractor
  • sheep handler
  • sheep herdsperson
  • sheep shearing contractor
  • shepherd
  • soil preparation contractor
  • soil-testing service contractor
  • stable boss
  • station manager, egg grading
  • stockyard and herdsmen foreman/womanstockyard and herdsmen foreman, stockyard and herdsmen forewoman
  • sugarbush operation foreman/womansugarbush operation foreman, sugarbush operation forewoman
  • supervisor, hog farm workers
  • swine herdsperson
  • tobacco farm foreman/womantobacco farm foreman, tobacco farm forewoman
  • tobacco farming workers foreman/womantobacco farming workers foreman, tobacco farming workers forewoman
  • trainer, horse
  • trainer, racehorses
  • turkey farm foreman/womanturkey farm foreman, turkey farm forewoman
  • turkey farming workers foreman/womanturkey farming workers foreman, turkey farming workers forewoman
  • vegetable farm foreman/womanvegetable farm foreman, vegetable farm forewoman
  • vegetable farm workers foreman/woman
  • vineyard foreman/woman
  • vineyard workers foreman/womanvineyard workers foreman, vineyard workers forewoman
  • weed control service contractor – agriculture
  • wool shearing contractor


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