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

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

Agricultural service contractors 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, swine and other livestock farms. Contractors may be self-employed.


Index of titles

Example titles

Aerial crop dusting service contractor

Agriculture foreman/woman

Animal farm foreman/woman

Animal husbandry foreman/woman

Apple orchard foreman/woman

Artificial insemination service contractor

Artificial inseminator

Beef cattle herdsperson

Caponizing service contractor

Cattle feedlot foreman/woman

Cattle herdsperson

Cattle ranch foreman/woman

Contractor – agricultural service

Corral boss

Crop dusting contractor

Crop dusting service contractor

Crop harvesting contractor

Crop harvesting service contractor

Custom combine contractor

Custom combine operator

Custom harvester

Dairy farm foreman/woman

Dairy farm workers foreman/woman

Dairy herdsperson

Dehorning service contractor

Dressage and stunt horse trainer

Egg grading station manager

Farm boss

Farm business foreman/woman

Farm foreman/woman

Farm irrigating system contractor

Farm machinery custom operator

Farm operation foreman/woman

Farm operation supervisor

Farm produce grading service contractor

Farm produce packing service contractor

Farm supervisor

Farm workers supervisor

Feedlot foreman/woman

Feedlot herd attendant

Fertilization service contractor – agriculture

Field crop and vegetable workers foreman/woman

Field crop foreman/woman

Field-grown crop foreman/woman

Field-grown crop workers foreman/woman

Fruit farm foreman/woman

Fruit farm workers foreman/woman

Grain crop foreman/woman

Grain custom harvester

Hatchery foreman/woman

Hatchery workers foreman/woman

Herd attendant

Herd superintendent



Hog farm foreman/woman

Hog farm supervisor

Hog farm workers supervisor

Hog operation supervisor

Hop farm foreman/woman

Horse stable foreman/woman

Horse trainer

Irrigation supervisor – agriculture

Livery stable foreman/woman

Livestock attendant

Livestock breeding service contractor

Livestock exchange contractor

Livestock farm workers foreman/woman

Livestock foreman/woman

Livestock raising foreman/woman

Maple products foreman/woman – 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/woman

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


Soil preparation contractor

Soil-testing service contractor

Stable boss

Stockyard and herdsmen foreman/woman

Sugarbush operation foreman/woman

Swine herdsperson

Tobacco farm foreman/woman

Tobacco farming workers foreman/woman

Turkey farm foreman/woman

Turkey farming workers foreman/woman

Vegetable farm foreman/woman

Vegetable farm workers foreman/woman

Vineyard foreman/woman

Vineyard workers foreman/woman

Weed control service contractor – agriculture

Wool shearing contractor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Agricultural service contractors

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

Co-ordinate, assign and supervise the work of general farm workers and harvesting labourers

Supervise and oversee breeding and other livestock-related programs

Supervise, monitor and enforce procedures to maintain animal and crop health and welfare

Supervise and oversee growing and other crop-related operations

Supervise maintenance of infrastructure, equipment, and supplies

Develop work schedules and establish procedures

Ensure farm safety, food safety and security and bio-security procedures are followed

Maintain quality control and production records

May perform general farm duties.

Specialized livestock workers

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.

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

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.


General farm workers (8431)

Harvesting labourers (8611)

Managers in agriculture (0821)

Managers in horticulture (0822)

Pest controllers and fumigators (7444)

Pet groomers and animal care workers (6563)