Stock and Station Agent

Summary

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.

Duties & Tasks

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 with selecting livestock, as well as 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 that is no longer required
  • advise and assist clients with 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.

Working Conditions

Stock and station agents usually travel a lot by car, work long hours and are often required to contact clients during the evening.

Personal Requirements

  • interested in the rural industry
  • able to take initiative
  • self-motivation
  • good organisational skills
  • good communication skills.

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