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Livestock Purchasing Manager

Overview: Livestock Purchasing Managers buy and/or sell livestock such as cattle, hogs and chickens at stockyards for owners. They appraise and sort the livestock according to quality, determine price, request bids from buyers & make sales. They purchase young livestock & breeders for farmers.
Duties: They perform the role of a marketing broker for owners and breeders of livestock. They determine the optimum time to sell and asking price for each type of livestock.

They arrange transportation and care of livestock at stockyards and holding pens. They classify the livestock according to quality, and requests bids from buyers and make the sales.

They estimate the near future market demands based on supply and demand and consumer preferences. Purchase young animals and breeders for their client farmers.

Analyze trends in consumers' preferences for different kinds of meat including trends toward exotic meats such as buffalo and venison. They look for opportunities to sell to foreign markets.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of Livestock Purchasing Agents will experience little or no growth through 2018 due to consolidation of agricultural industries, automation, offshoring and outsourcing.
Salary Range (National Average): $29,000 to $36,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate or bachelor's degree in animal science and business administration is the usual educational background required to qualify for an entry position in this occupation. Additional courses in marketing, business contracts, statistics and computer applications will strengthen your qualifications.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.