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    Animal Breeders

    Breed animals, including cattle, goats, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, dogs, cats, or pet birds. Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require a knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.

    Adjust controls in order to maintain specific building temperatures required for animals' health and safety. Attach rubber collecting sheaths to genitals of tethered bull, and stimulate animal's organ in order to induce ejaculation. Confine roosters (pinioning) in order to collect semen in vial. Examine animals in order to detect symptoms of illness or injury. Examine semen microscopically in order to assess and record density and motility of gametes, and dilute semen with prescribed diluents according to formulas. Incubate eggs to induce hatching. Inject prepared animal semen into female animals for breeding purposes, by inserting nozzle of syringe into vagina and depressing syringe plunger. Inject semen into hens' oviducts or through holes in egg shells. Maintain logs of semen specimens used and animals bred. Measure specified amounts of semen into calibrated syringes, and insert syringes into inseminating guns. Observe animals in heat in order to detect approach of estrus, and exercise animals to induce or hasten estrus, if necessary. Package and label semen to be used for artificial insemination, recording information such as the date, source, quality, and concentration. Prepare containers of semen for freezing and storage or shipment, placing them in dry ice or liquid nitrogen. Record animal characteristics such as weights, growth patterns, and diets. Select animals to be bred, and semen specimens to be used, according to knowledge of animals, genealogies, traits, and desired offspring characteristics. Arrange for sale of animals and eggs to hospitals, research centers, pet shops, and food processing plants. Brand, tattoo, or tag animals in order to allow animal identification. Build hutches, pens, and fenced yards. Clip or shear hair on animals. Exhibit animals at shows. Feed and water animals, and clean and disinfect pens, cages, yards, and hutches. Kill animals, remove their pelts, and arrange for sale of pelts. Milk cows and goats. Perform procedures such as animal dehorning or castration. Place vaccines in drinking water, inject vaccines, or dust air with vaccine powder, in order to protect animals from diseases. Treat minor injuries and ailments, and contact veterinarians in order to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries.

    Biology -- Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    Equipment Selection -- Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. Judgment and Decision Making -- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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    Handling and Moving Objects -- Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People -- Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. Making Decisions and Solving Problems -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events -- Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.