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Arable farmers may be involved in growing cereals (oats, barley and wheat), root crops (mainly potatoes) and in large scale vegetable production.

Conventional livestock farmers may raise dairy and beef cattle, sheep and pigs outdoors.

Intensive livestock farmers may raise poultry and possibly pigs indoors in units designed for this purpose. 

Mixed farmers combine livestock and arable farming. 

Farm managers are responsible for running a farm efficiently and profitably. 

People working in commercial horticulture grow products for sale, including salad crops, fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and pot plants, seeds and bulbs, and shrubs and trees for garden and park planting. 

Amenity horticulture involves developing facilities for enjoyment by the public and private individuals, including setting up and maintaining parks and public gardens, landscaping, maintaining roadsides, developing national collections, and planting within shopping centres and office blocks. 

Landscape architects are involved in conserving and developing the landscape.


For further information please see:

Lantra Trust  

(Head Office) Lantra House   Stoneleigh Park   Coventry   Warwickshire   CV8 2LG
Tel:  024 7669 6996      Fax:  024 7669 6732     Email: connect@lantra.co.uk

(Northern Ireland Regional Office) Unit C12   The Business Centre   80 - 82 Rainey Street    Magherafelt   BT45 5AJ
Tel: 028 7963 1304     Email: NI@lantra.co.uk
Website:  www.lantra.co.uk - Choose careers


Royal Horticultural Society  

Education Department    RHS Garden   Wisley   Woking   Surrey   GU23 6QB
Tel:  01483 224234     
Website:  www.rhs.org.uk - Choose learning then education then careers

General information on Northern Ireland based careers can be found on www.careersserviceni.com - Choose explore careers

Courses in agriculture, horticulture and associated areas, are available at a number of higher education institutions.  Please see the UCAS site www.ucas.ac.uk for more information - Choose students then courses

For information on modern apprenticeships, see the Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland) site www.etcni.org.uk - Choose careers then modern apprenticeships.


Other useful websites: 

Greenmount College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise www.cafre.ac.uk - Choose courses
Institute of Fisheries Managementwww.ifm.org.uk - Choose training / education then careers
Institute of Horticulture www.horticulture.org.uk - Choose education
Landscape Institute        www.l-i.org.uk - Choose be a landscape architect
Local Government Careers  www.lgcareers.com - Key in agriculture or horticulture to career description search
Royal Botanic Gardens        www.rbgkew.org.uk - Choose education
Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh     www.rbge.org.uk - Choose education