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Livestock Auctioneer



A livestock auctioneer sells animals at public auctions.


livestock auctioneer


What responsibilities will I have?

  • Must be familiar and knowledgeable of livestock animal terminology
  • Point out desirable qualities of livestock on sale including age, breed, weight, etc.
  • Auction animals off at public sales and auctions
  • Spot and signal bids from audience members
  • Declare winners of animals and direct them to purchase site
  • Maintain crowd control
  • Assign lot numbers to animals and direct handlers or pen riders where to send animals
  • Tag or mark animals for identification in sale ring
  • Complete various paperwork and recordkeeping tasks on sale animals


What education and training is required?

Livestock auctioneers would benefit from receiving an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in animal science, but it is not required. They must, however, be licensed by the state and attend auctioneering school programs which may take a week to several months to complete.

To pursue a career as a Livestock Auctioneer:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, anatomy, animal science, business courses, personal finance, and mathematics.


Where can I work?

Livestock auctioneers may work for sale barns or auction companies, but most are self-employed and often auction other products like farm equipment or real estate.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a livestock auctioneer will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Auctioneers Association
  • Certified Auctioneers Institute
  • Livestock Marketing Association