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What is your future? Do you dream of owning your own business? Maybe you are the creative type, eager to make your mark with graphic design? Or perhaps you get excited by the idea of a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Would you be surprised to learn that all of those  (and more!) are career options within the agri-food sector?  Careers in agriculture and food are incredibly diverse… and they aren’t all on the farm.

The agriculture and food sector is at the leading edge of research and innovation to address global challenges. There are endless opportunities which will allow you to make a difference: feed the growing population, protect the environment, care for animals, or help people.

So go ahead…take a look through these profiles of real Canadians working in agriculture and food. You may just get a glimpse of what your future can hold.

Cattle Marketer

Cattle Marketer

Alan spends most of his days talking with cattle producers, either on the ranch or over the phone.. These conversations focus on co-ordinating the logistics for moving cattle from producers to buyers, establishing contracts and arranging financial analysis. 

As Alan Jackson pulls to the side of the road to take a call from a cattle producer, he knows it’s part of being responsive to clients’ needs. Alan is a Cattle Buyer with JGL Cattle and gets calls from across Canada and the United States from ranchers and feedlots seeking to buy and sell cattle. 

Alan spends most of his days talking with cattle producers either on the ranch or over the phone. These conversations focus on co-ordinating the logistics for moving cattle from producers to buyers, establishing contracts and arranging financial analysis. It’s complex and demanding work, but Alan still manages to find time to manage his own herd of cattle and spend time with his young family. Alan has found a career with great opportunity, which offers him a great blend of hands-on outside work and time in the office with his co-workers, mentors and friends.

On the job training prepared Alan for this exciting and fast-paced life, although he admits some schooling in Agribusiness or inventory management would have been a great asset. Instead, he learned from some of the industry’s best by showing a strong work ethic, keeping his ears open and being an enthusiastic student of the experienced in this niche area.

Although the skills required to become a Cattle Buyer may be somewhat specialized, there are uncharted opportunities for a career in the livestock sector, as Alan has seen JGL Cattle grow exponentially in just a few short years.

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