Stock and Station Agent
Stock and station agents advise and represent farmers and graziers in business transactions such as the buying and selling of livestock, wool, fertiliser, farming and grazing land, equipment and merchandise.
Stock and station agents may perform the following tasks:
- study market trends and prices
- arrange transport of stock to saleyards
- take prospective buyers to inspect properties for sale
- assist in selecting livestock, and commercial and stud stock
- value livestock and advise on different marketing options for stock
- arrange the penning and auction of livestock
- arrange clearing sales of machinery and plant equipment no longer required
- advise and assist clients in the management of agricultural or pastoral companies, stock or farming problems
- conduct sales of wool on behalf of clients, usually on a commission basis
- sell a wide range of agricultural products including chemicals used in farming and grazing enterprises
- write reports on business transactions
- arrange finance for the buying of livestock or property
- act as agents for insurance companies
- arrange private sales between sellers and buyers.
Stock and station agents may specialise in livestock buying and/or selling, auctioneering, property and merchandise sales, arranging finance and insurance, pastoral inspections, and stud stock or wool. They may be classified as grain merchants, wool buyers or wool merchants.
Stock and station agents usually travel a lot by car, work long hours and are often required to contact clients during the evening.
- interest in the rural industry
- initiative and self-motivation
- good organisational skills
- good communication skills.
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