Picture this – you’ve put in the sweat and hard work, and now it’s time to connect your prized animals with the right buyer. In this episode of Farmer’s Inside Track, we explore strategies for new farmers to succeed in navigating livestock markets.
Juan de Beer, livestock marketer for Andre Kock en Seun auctioneers in Polokwane, Limpopo, shares his expertise on livestock markets. According to him, it all starts with research and knowing which market is right for you as a new farmer.
“To get yourself started in the sector or the livestock market you want to get into, there’s always research to be done,” he explains.
To gain knowledge about the livestock markets, let your curiosity run free when talking to commercial farmers and learn from them, De Beer advises.
In the episode, he also shares how livestock markets operate and what the requirements are. He explains direct livestock sales, sales to feedlots, abattoirs, and other markets where farmers can sell their livestock.
If you’re running a small-scale operation with, for example, 10 goats or 10 sheep, De Beer explains that there is a market for you too. He also advises why for small-scale farmers it is better to focus on goats and sheep, instead of cattle.
Catching up with a #SoilSista
This week’s episode also features #SoilSista Dlalisile Lenong. With a long-standing family history in Dennilton, Limpopo, Lenong found herself returning to her agricultural and sustainable roots. She is one of the remarkable farmers chosen for the 2023 Corteva Women Agripreneur programme, a year-long blended development initiative at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Entrepreneurship Development Academy (EDA).
In this episode, De Beer also discusses:
- Legal requirements for selling into various livestock markets;
- What farmers should always take into consideration regarding livestock markets; and more.
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