Do you want to work as a livestock appraiser?

READ: This page helps you to read about the career and the info you need to decide on whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.

RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.

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UPDATED: 10 March 2022

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What is a Livestock Appraiser?

A livestock appraiser helps farmers by determining the market value of their livestock.

The farmers can then use the estimated value or appraisal to:

  • insure the livestock
  • sell the livestock at a market price
  • secure a loan from a bank

What does a Livestock Appraiser do?

Career Categories

The Livestock Appraiser career can be found in the following career categories:

  • Farming and Livestock Management
  • Business

What does a Livestock Appraiser focus on?

The primary focus of a livestock appraiser is to determine the market value of livestock and write a report so that the farmer can use it in a commercial transaction.

What are the daily tasks of a Livestock Appraiser?

  • Discuss brief with clients
  • Inspect the physical characteristics of the animals
  • Estimate values based on existing numbers
  • Write the appraisal report
  • Communicate with farmers, banks and other role players
  • Administration and filing

The working environment of a Livestock Appraiser?

Where does a Livestock Appraiser work?

Environment –

Livestock Appraiser work mostly outdoors where they can see and evaluate the livestock. Administrative work will be done in an office setting.

Places of Employment –

Most livestock appraiser freelance, which means they have their own businesses. Some do rather work for a salary by being employed by large appraising firms, banks or insurance companies.

What is the average annual salary of a Livestock Appraiser?

As most Livestock Appraisers are self employed, their income is based on obtaining contracts. On average the income per year is around $60,000. This will differ from country to country.

What difficulties can a Livestock Appraiser face?

The most difficult part of the job is the amount of frequent travelling to the different farms. They will also work extremely long hours, including over weekends and holidays.

​Future growth and Possibilities

The industry is competitive, but does grow every year at around 14%. There will always be a good growth for appraisers who specialize in specific kinds of farm animals.

Which Skills are required by a Livestock Appraiser?

The skills required for a career as a livestock appraiser can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills

Career Skills

  • ​Good business knowledge
  • Excellent math kills
  • Customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Computer literacy
Career Skills

Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become a Livestock Appraiser?

Minimum Requirements

The minimum educational requirement will be a High School Certificate. Some countries and industries (if you do want to work for an established insurance of appraising company) will require higher studies of at least a College Diploma, or even Bachelor’s Degree.

Study Focus

This is a career where interns or those just starting out will require a huge amount of experience, on top of some basic studies.

Major –

If you do think of going to college, a diploma in business management, animal management, accounting or market appraising will be ideal.

Short Courses –

Short Courses are essential to sharpen skills in bookkeeping related subjects and animal physiology.

Study Duration

The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career

Being a livestock appraiser can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).

You can begin as an intern appraiser after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as an appraiser will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions can be offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior appraiser or expert.

Join the Livestock Appraisers Group to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Appraisals Qualification Boards do help interns to secure their certificates.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards livestock appraising.

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  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
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