Livestock consultants provide support and facilitation for livestock related activities by coordinating with NGOs to implement training programs. These individuals need to be highly qualified as a lot depends on them regarding the health and wellbeing of livestock and eventually, the produce. Livestock consultants need to possess a degree in livestock management – if you have a major in pasture economy, you may be considered a great fit. You can even apply for a livestock consultant position if you have a degree in natural resource management or environmental management.
As a livestock consultant, you will have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders which means that you will only be considered if you have an extensive record of accomplishments and experience in preparation of initiatives, relevant to livestock management. Additionally, you will need to be knowledgeable of the social and environmental factors and issues related to natural resources. Yes, it is tough work and requires vast participatory approaches to natural resource management.
Many livestock consultants are stationed outside the United States of America which is why they need to be able to understand and work in different cultural and economic conditions. Good interpersonal skills are a necessity in this work as is the ability to speak the language of the country where you will be stationed – if applicable.
Some of the duties of a livestock consultant include:
Livestock Consultant Job Description
• Analyze and review project materials pertaining to current state and improvement directions of pastures
• Physically visit project areas to finalize formulation of project related problems especially in arid areas
• Discuss and approve activities related to continuation of projects and implementation of best practices
• Ascertain that meaningful monitoring of impacts of livestock activities in undertaken in sync with set monitoring mechanisms
• Review existing national materials and plans regarding the development of national strategy for livestock
• Revise draft concepts of national strategy for pasture use management in arid regions
• Prepare detailed work plans for consultancy, outlining methodologies to be used
• Gather all relevant information from communities and local authorities for use in livestock management strategies
• Present preliminary findings to the management at the end of each field day
• Prepare and present methodology, tools and work plans prior to each consultancy phase
• Review project documents, strategies and progress reports and brainstorm ideas with the project team
• Provide guidance on how to improve data on pasture livestock development
• Strategize and implement effective dissemination of project scopes and directives
• Review project processes and provide suggestions for improvements and augmentations