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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.|
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 Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.