Livestock graders serve the purpose of assuring that accurate grades are placed on livestock or meat that is sold according to standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in animal science, meat science, agriculture, agribusiness or a related field is desired. Often, livestock graders must be certified by the United States Department of Agriculture.
To pursue a career as a Livestock Grader:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, anatomy, business courses, economics, government, and computer courses. It is also recommended that an aspiring livestock grader take part in livestock judging contests.
Where can I work?
Livestock graders are typically employed by government agencies like state Departments of Agriculture, but they find themselves working in environments like large farms or feedlots, processing plants, stockyards, sale barns or auctions.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a livestock grader will be fair over the next five years.
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