Livestock Buyer

Livestock Buyer

A livestock buyer will oversee and participate in the buying, selling and selection of livestock for companies and individuals. They 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.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Identify livestock acquisition opportunities
  • Secure budgeted throughput levels by offering a range of service alternatives
  • Negotiate price with growers and suppliers
  • Prepare regular reports for analysis by management
  • Recommend solutions to problems involved in the preparation of contracts
  • Schedule transportation for animals
  • Advise growers regarding care of livestock to ensure safe and efficient production
  • Inspect animals for carcass characteristics
  • Stay up-to-date regarding market conditions and animal supply
  • Transfer information to the scale house coordinators
  • Ensure regulatory guidelines are being met
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics and a focus on sciences such as animal science and biology.
Education/Training Required: 
An associate or bachelor’s degree in animal science, agricultural business or marketing.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Livestock buyers may be employed by food production companies, contract growers with integrated production facilities, auctioneer companies or may be self-employed.
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 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$43,529
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