Why You Should Use A Professional Livestock Agent

If you have livestock for sale, using a professional agent is a smart move. Livestock agents arrange the buying and selling of cattle, as well as giving you advice on cattle, farming supplies and stock market trends. Their knowledge of farm management and cattle, combined with your local knowledge of your own situation, will create a bigger picture and provide all the necessary information you need to make the right decisions.

Employing the services of a professional agent when you have livestock for sale means you will be saved from a lot of tedious paper work including the organising of import and export licences, documentation, freight and insurance, health testing and inspections. The whole process of selling your cattle, whether it be domestically or internationally, will be more efficient when you use the expertise of an experienced professional livestock agent.

Livestock agents are skilled in assessing the value of your cattle. They will visit your farm to assess the weight and condition of the animals you have ready for sale. They can also buy and sell on your behalf on farms and through the auction process and arrange transport of animals to and from the farm. That leaves you plenty of time to get on with the business of keeping your business running smoothly.

A professional livestock agent is someone you can rely on to be hard working, honest, friendly, patient and confident in the role. Their wide range of experience on a variety of farms and at numerous stock sales means they have a good overview of the situation and can offer down to earth advice. The livestock agent wants to keep the farmer happy, so you will be assured of their commitment and full attention. When you phone to say you have some livestock for sale, the agent will arrange a time to come to your farm, have a look at the animals and discuss the selling options with you. This could include selling at auction, selling privately or selling to the meat works. You will receive an approximate price, and it’s up to you whether to accept that or try for something more. Your professional livestock agent will get you the best possible deal.

It makes sense to let a professional do the job for you. They have the experience, the contacts and an ear to the ground. Having a professional livestock agent on your team is a great way to do business.

John Kelly Livestock Ltd is a privately owned livestock Company based in Taranaki. JKL specialises in Dairy Livestock and associated trading. JKL also provide procurement facilities for bobby calves, cull cows and all species of prime cattle.

stratiout.eu.org | Choosing Livestock Record Keeping Software

Livestock management software, also referred to as ranch management or herd management software, is used to describe any software that assists in the management of livestock operations on farms or ranches. Basically, any operational, budgeting or financial aspect of your livestock or herd operation falls into this category. The key building block of this category of software is livestock record keeping software, for managing animal records on the farm or ranch.

Whether you are running a cattle ranch in the USA, a dairy farm in New Zealand or a plantation in South America, there is software specifically tailored to your operation. Within livestock farming alone (ignoring the supply chain and related agri-businesses) there are record keeping software products for management of cattle, dairy, sheep, horses, pigs, goats, alpacas, wildlife (such as deer) and the like. All of this software allows primary producers easily to monitor their livestock ranch operations and save precious resources.

This software runs on both desktop PC’s and servers, and even extends to portable wireless handheld devices. This allows you to move freely about your farm while updating information directly into the back end system. You can record livestock transfers, paddock grazing information, scan electronic IDs (EID) for animals and the like- without even having to turn you PC or write anything down. And what’s more, the devices are designed for rugged farm environments.

When considering alternative software solutions, it is important to work out which features you most need. Examples of key features for livestock record keeping include:

Recording mating and conceptions
Management of calving birth records
Analysing and tracking progeny
Slaughter and carcass recording and analysing
Semen and embryo inventories
Storing livestock purchases and sales
Full tracking of individual and group animals (herds / mobs)
Electronic ID (EID, NLIS and animal tags) integrated into the software
Artificial insemination (AI) and group servings
Breed association integration
Weigh scale integration
…and many more