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Animal producers plan, organize and perform farming operations to breed and raise domesticated animals, poultry, insects and non-domesticated animals for the production of meat, dairy products, honey, skins, textiles and other products, or for use as working, sporting or recreational animals, for sale or delivery to wholesale buyers, marketing organizations or at markets.
Task performed usually include: monitoring market activity and conditions, determining kinds and amounts of products to produce and planning and coordinating production accordingly; raising, feeding and tending animals; preparing animals or animal products for market; monitoring and examining animals to detect illness, injury or disease, and to check physical condition such as rate of weight gain; performing duties related to animal reproduction such as breeding, artificial insemination and helping with animal births; renting or investing in, and maintaining and cleaning, buildings, machinery, equipment and structures; storing and carrying out some processing of produce; promoting and marketing products, arranging the sale, purchase and transportation of stock, produce and supplies, and maintaining and evaluating records of activities and transactions; training and supervising workers in animal care procedures, maintenance duties and health and safety precautions, and hiring and discharging workers and contractors.
Occupations in this minor group are classified into the following unit groups:
6121 Livestock and Dairy Producers
6122 Poultry Producers
6123 Apiarists and Sericulturists
6129 Animal Producers Not Elsewhere Classified