Agriculture – Dairy/Swine Herdsperson

Agriculture Dairy Herdsperson
Agriculture Swine Herdsperson Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade

Trade Code 640D
Trade Code 640S
NOC 8253


  • Formulate a feeding program
  • Maintain livestock/swine performance records
  • Carry out a pasture or pen breeding program
  • Perform breeding/gestation, farrowing and finishing procedures
  • Recognize and treat certain livestock/swine health problems
  • Prepare and perform milking procedures
  • Perform manure management procedures
  • Operate and maintain barn mechanical and electrical systems
  • Operate and maintain farm mechanical systems
  • Perform general farm duties
  • Knowledge and application of requisite health and safety acts and regulations

Personal Qualities

  • You work both inside and outside and are exposed to animals and farm odours
  • You like working with animals
  • You are in good physical condition and like working hard
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are safety conscious

Career Opportunities

  • Herdspersons work for any establishment that is producing milk for dairy products or that raises pigs for pork products
  • Some herdspersons work for family farms while others work for corporate farming entities

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5,520 hourapprenticeship program is required

Training Availability

Apprenticeship Training

Kemptville College (University of Guelph)
830 Prescott Street
Kemptville ON KOG 1J0

Ridgetown College (University of Guelph)
120 Main Street East
Ridgetown ON N0P 2C0
519-674-1587 –>