Livestock Buyer

 

Overview:

Livestock Buyers sell, buy, and select livestock for individuals and companies.

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Identify livestock acquisition opportunities on a daily basis and secure budgeted throughput levels by offering a range of pricing, hedging and service alternatives to growers in the designated region
  • Negotiate price with growers and suppliers
  • Prepare regular reports for analysis by management on competitor activity, purchasing trends and complaints/queries concerning products
  • Recommend solutions to problems involved in the preparation of contracts and negotiations with customers
  • Schedule transportation for animals
  • Advise growers regarding care and maintenance of livestock to ensure safe and efficient production
  • Visually inspect animals for carcass characteristics
  • Stay up-to-date regarding market conditions and animal supply
  • Transfer information to the scale house coordinators for price reporting and scheduling purposes
  • Ensure USDA and Packers & Stockyard Administration regulatory guidelines are being met

 

What education and training is required?

An associates or bachelor’s degree in animal science, agricultural business or marketing.

 

To pursue a career as a Livestock Buyer:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, a focus on sciences such as animal science and biology, and mathematics.

 

Typical Employers: 

Employed by food production companies, contract growers with integrated production facilities, auctioneer companies, or you may be self-employed.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Livestock buyers is projected to be fair.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • American Poultry Association
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • National Pork Producers Council