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Pig Advisor

Position Overview

It is the job of a pig advisor to give pig producers advice and recommendations on proper nutrition practices, which will result in optimum production. They do this by providing technical assistance and support to the producers. They advise farmers on a variety of different agriculture products and train clients on the goods that are offered in the market. Along with the pig producers, pig advisors also need to develop relationships with pre-mixers and feed mills. They usually work with a wide range of customers, sometimes spanning internationally. Their job is to create effective production techniques for farmers, and in turn grow the swine market.

Pig Advisor Duties

  • Act as the point of contact for any product or technical questions/concerns
  • Travel internationally for a variety of clients
  • Represent their company at exhibitions and conferences; sometimes public speaking is required
  • Assist sales manager in developing the business and explore new products with current clients
  • Advise clients on different products, providing appropriate recommendations
  • Display a working knowledge of animal nutrition and the difference in each product offering
  • Manage key accounts
  • Train sales team

Typical Employers

  • Feed mills
  • Large scale pig farmers
  • Consulting firms
  • Feed manufacturers

Required Education and Training

At minimum, applicants should have sales experience. They are encouraged to have a degree in nutrition, agriculture science, agriculture business, or animal science. Candidates with experience relating to pig production or pig management will have a competitive advantage. Additionally, a working knowledge of pig feeding, and an already developed swine network will be beneficial. Pig advisors typically travel extensively in their role, and therefore need a valid driver's license.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Good at organizing and planning
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Can work well individually
  • Self-motivated
  • Solid business knowledge
  • Knowledge and passion for the swine industry
  • Flexible with work hours and travel

Average Salary

The average salary for a pig advisor is £58,700. This can vary, depending on the individual's experience level and background education. Entry level pig advisors may make about £32,000 and highly experienced pig advisors make upwards of £100,000.