A livestock appraiser is responsible for determining and advising clients on the market value of livestock that will be insured or sold. Job responsibilities of a livestock appraiser include examining livestock, determining the market value of the livestock, providing supporting documentation for the market value given, writing reports outlining the evaluation of the livestock, working with clients to determine the reason for the appraisal, and maintaining records of appraisals completed.
A bachelor's degree in economics, agribusiness, or a related field is generally required to be a livestock appraiser. Helpful job skills include good communication skills, report writing ability, ability to work under a deadline, strong time management skills, good organizational skills, ability to think critically, knowledge of the industry, and attention to detail. The future job market outlook for a livestock appraiser is good.