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Livestock Buyer



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
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