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Pig Farmer

Pig Farmer
ANZSCO Code: 121318 / Group B

A Pig Farmer plans, organizes, controls, coordinates and performs farming operations to breed and raise pigs for meat and breeding stock.

Occupation description

A Pig Farmer plans, organizes, controls, coordinates and performs farming operations to breed and raise pigs for meat and breeding stock.

Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Pig Breeder
  • Pig Farm Manager

Occupations in ANSZCO Unit Group 1213 Livestock Farmers are closely related.

Pig Farmer is a VETASSESS Group B occupation

This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher.

*If employment is prior to the completion of the qualification at the required level, an applicant must have at least one year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level within the last five years. The remaining five years of pre-qualifying period may be within the last ten years.

A positive assessment of both qualification level and employment duration is required for a positive Skills Assessment Outcome.


Group B Previous

* Additional qualifications in a highly relevant field of study include those comparable to the following levels: 

  • AQF Diploma 
  • AQF Advanced Diploma
  • AQF Associate Degree or AQF Graduate Diploma

*** Bachelor degree or higher degree includes: 

  • AQF Master Degree or AQF Doctoral Degree

** Highly relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week) 


minimum years of employment highly relevant to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment. 

minimum 4 years of relevant employment required – Three years of relevant employment (can be outside the last 5-year period) in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment within the last five years before applying.

Qualification and Employment Criteria

AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree*

*This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.

Highly relevant fields of study include:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science & Husbandry
  • Biology
  • Pig Breeding
  • Pork Production
  • Veterinary Science


Highly relevant tasks include:

  • Breeding and raising livestock to produce meat.
  • Monitoring and maintaining the health and condition of livestock.
  • Providing pastures, feed and fodder to maintain appropriate nutritional levels.
  • Moving livestock to optimize feeding opportunities.
  • Organizing and conducting farming operations such as catching, drenching and milking livestock, sterilizing machines, and collecting, grading and packaging produce.
  • Directing and overseeing general farming activities such as maintaining pens, sheds and cages, fertilizing, controlling pests and weeds, and growing fodder.
  • Maintaining fences, equipment and water supply systems.
  • Organizing the sale, purchase and transportation of livestock and produce.
  • Maintaining and evaluating records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly.
  • Managing business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management.
  • May select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

Employment information

A Pig Farmer is involved in all on-farm operations for the business. This includes animal health, facilities, maintenance, staffing, supply chain, processing and administration.

Although an applicant may not be fully responsible for the financial and capital workings of a producer, they should be involved and knowledgeable in this area.

Positions which predominately involve tasks such as feeding livestock or animals will not be considered under this occupation. These are covered elsewhere under ANZSCO Unit Groups 8412, 8415 and 8416 which include Crop Farm Workers, Livestock Farm Workers and Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers.

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