Livestock Agents/Buyers arrange the buying and selling of livestock for slaughter or farming. They also give farmers advice on livestock, farming supplies and livestock market trends.
If you enjoy working with people and animals, and have an interest in economics and maths, then a career as a livestock agent could be for you.
Livestock Agents may do some or all of the following and more: visit farms to asses the weight and condition of animals that may be ready for sale; telephone work, calling farmers and other clients; assess the value of livestock; draft prime stock for meat processing or export companies; advise farmers about market trends and new stock prices; act as an auctioneer at sales; arrange the sale, purchase or contracts of stock for fattening.
A stock agent will generally work very regular hours; around 40 a week. However, you will be on call in the evenings as this is when a lot of farmers make their phone calls
Chances of employment:
Employment in this industry helps if you align yourself with people. If have the right attitude companies such as PGG Wrightsons, CRT, ANZCO will put you through training internally.
The average wage for a Stock Agent can vary greatly, between $50,000 and $100,000+ a year plus benefits which may include a company vehicle and cellphone. Stock agents are often paid through a mixture of salary and commission.
NCEA Level 3 maths and english could be useful.
A tertiary qualification in agriculture, commerce or farm management could be useful but many of the skills are learnt on the job.