A number of men and women work in the livestock business as licensed dealers, farmers and ranchers. This is a very large and important business to get involved with. After all, there are food distributors all over the United States that need meat products like poultry, bacon, beef, and ham to sell in their markets. When you work in this field, you may end up working primarily on a ranch or farm, and dealing with agriculture and animals. Some of these animals or livestock may include cattle, pigs, horses, llamas, and sheep.
There is typically some experience required for those who work in this business. You will most likely need to know how to handle large cows, horses, and pigs. You may also have to work with goats, chickens, and other animals at times. It just depends on the farm or ranch you work at, and the livestock they deal with for cattle and livestock auctions. It is important to raise the animals properly with the right feed and shelter. This way they grow to a good size, and are prepared for sale to various buyers. You may have to use a tractor-trailer for the collection and delivery of livestock to each auction event. This way brokers for major food distribution company locations can purchase them. Breeding cattle, pigs, sheep and chickens on a ranch or farm can be quite challenging at times.
When you work in this market as a livestock dealer, you can expect to deal with a variety of farm animals, as well as numerous brokers on a regular basis. It is important to have the necessary communication skills in order to work with this wide variety of clientele.