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Career and Education Opportunities for Livestock Farmers in Grand Prairie, Texas

If you want to be a livestock farmer, the Grand Prairie, Texas area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 19,180 working livestock farmers in Texas; this should grow 19% to about 22,780 working livestock farmers in the state by 2016. Livestock farmers generally attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, and bees.

The income of a livestock farmer is about $7 hourly or $16,170 annually on average in Texas. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $10 per hour or $21,070 per year on average. Incomes for livestock farmers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Farming in Texas, and not quite as good as the overall Farming category nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Grand Prairie where you can study to be a livestock farmer, among seventy-four schools of higher education total in the Grand Prairie area. Given that the most common education level for livestock farmers is less than a high school diploma, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a livestock farmer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Livestock Farmer

Livestock Farmer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, livestock farmers attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, and bees. They also attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, and honey.

Livestock farmers feed and water livestock; and monitor food and water supplies. Finally, livestock farmers move machinery or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts.

Every day, livestock farmers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to control objects and devices with precise control. It is also important that they maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements.

It is important for livestock farmers to clean stalls and machinery, using disinfectant solutions and/or pumps. They are often called upon to inspect and repair equipment, machinery and fences. They also examine animals to uncover illness or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain. They are sometimes expected to drive trucks and other machinery to distribute feed to animals. Somewhat less frequently, livestock farmers are also expected to groom and/or castrate animals; dock ears and tails; and/or shear coats to collect hair.

Livestock farmers sometimes are asked to order food for animals, and manage its delivery. and maintain growth and cost records. And finally, they sometimes have to segregate animals in line with weight and physical condition.

Like many other jobs, livestock farmers must be reliable and have exceptional integrity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Grand Prairie include:

  • Farm Labor Contractor. Recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Livestock Farmer Training

Richland College - Dallas, TX

Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75243-2199. Richland College is a large college located in Dallas, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,917 students. Richland College has 2 areas of study related to Livestock Farmer. They are:

  • Ornamental Horticulture, one to two year and associate's degree which graduated one and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Plant Nursery Operations and Management, associate's degree.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Grand Prairie, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas photo by Lothar1976

Grand Prairie is situated in Dallas County, Texas. It has a population of over 160,641, which has grown by 26.1% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Grand Prairie, 90, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Grand Prairie are priced at $174,200 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, five hundred forty-four new homes were built in Grand Prairie, down from 1,058 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Grand Prairie are educational services, health care, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, transportation equipment, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 27 minutes. More than 19.3% of Grand Prairie residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 5.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Grand Prairie is 8.7%, which is greater than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of Grand Prairie residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 55.1%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, Celestial Church of Christ and Saint Andrew Church are some of the churches located in Grand Prairie. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Grand Prairie is home to Kennedy Middle School Football Stadium and Hendrix Park. Visitors to Grand Prairie can choose from Blue Sky Hospitality, Amerisuites and Comfort Inn for temporary stays in the area.