‘Yellowstone’ TV: Is the Livestock Agent Job Featured in the Show the Same in Real Life?

by Will Shepard
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Yellowstone is an incredibly accurate show that depicts a lot of things beautifully. One thing however is questionable about the show and needs some dissecting. The job in question is the Livestock Agent in the show.

There are a couple of questions that arise about the Livestock Agents. First, how accurate is this job being portrayed in the show versus real life? Second, are they actually deputized by the county sheriff? And thirdly, are they allowed to carry guns and participate in law enforcement operations?

All of these questions are valuable things about the Livestock Agent job that will make Yellowstone more credible. Getting details like this correct can make a show go from great to excellent.

The Accuracy of Livestock Agent Job In “Yellowstone”

Livestock Agents have a lot on their plate on a day to day, week to week, and month to month basis. They focus on buying and selling farm animals on behalf of clients. This means that they are the middle man for buyers and sellers.

Additionally, they are often the party responsible for putting the auctions together. These auctions can be for a client or a group of interested people. Some of them specialize in certain types of livestock, while others tackle a broader range of animals.

As for the second question, are Livestock Agents are given authority by a county sheriff? The job is given authority by state officials but not by the county sheriff.

But, as they are law enforcement agents, they are allowed to carry guns while they are on duty. This means that if they need to, they are well within the law to discharge their weapon in the line of duty. They go through extensive training to become a Livestock Agent. Along with guns, they also are given patrol cars to carry out their job.

So, while the Livestock Agent Job on Yellowstone isn’t perfect, the job is portrayed well enough. For viewing pleasure it makes sense that the job isn’t exactly right, but the show is about as close as you can get.

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