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Finding a Stock Agent: A Guide

If you have recently moved out to the countryside to set yourself up as a farmer, it is vital that you make contact with a stock agent. Stock agents work closely with farmers and will often represent them during business negotiations and the sale or purchase of farm buildings, equipment or supplies. Without a stock agent, you may find that you have to spend a lot of time negotiating with suppliers and producers rather than dedicating yourself to your livestock or your land. Below is a guide which will help you to find a good stock agent.

Check the stock agent's qualifications

Before you sign on the dotted line and instruct a stock agent to represent you, you should check out their qualifications. You should be looking to see if the stock agent has completed an accredited course in property services or a related subject. The exact qualifications a stock agent holds may vary depending on the educational institution they attended. If you have any doubts about the suitability of a qualification, you should contact the school or college which awarded the certification.

Assess the stock agent's personal traits

However, being a stock agent isn't just about academic qualifications. A large part of what makes a successful stock agent are personal traits which provide the drive to get the job done. It is vital that you take the time to chat with a potential stock agent before you sign up with them so you can assess their personality. You should be looking to see if the stock agent holds a genuine interest in rural life and business. A stock agent will typically have to work long hours and will need to manage a number of clients which cover a wide geographical area. Ideally, a stock agent should also be self-motivated and have good organisational skills. If you have any doubts about a stock agent's personal traits, you should not hire them.

Ask your neighbours about the stock agent

It is likely that your neighbours on surrounding farms will have had dealings with most stock agents in the area. You should speak with your neighbours and ask them for recommendations. Your neighbours should be able to let you know which stock agents offer the best service and value for money.

If you would like to find out more about hiring a stock agent, you should make contact with your local agency today.