Farming & Livestock Finance (SIC 01470)

Trade and Stock Finance for Farming & Livestock

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What is Farming & Livestock Finance?

A substantial proportion of the meat and livestock products consumed in both developed and developing economies derives from trade across international borders. Despite the political complexity of tariff barriers between many major nations; strict customs procedures aimed at maintaining nations’ biosecurity, and practical complexities involved with transporting live animals and animal products across borders, export values for beef and other livestock products continue to grow with this demand. As the value and quantities of transactions grow, this trade is becoming increasingly hard to manage for a highly capitalised industry which is traditionally well exposed to cashflow issues.

Farming & Livestock Trade Finance

UK domestic demand for farming and livestock products tends to rest on the needs of a small group of large food producers, which in turn supply the supermarket-dominated retail market. Although some businesses are export focused, many UK livestock businesses are extremely sensitive to price fluctuations in dairy, beef, and other meat sectors, looking to capitalise on advantageous exchange rates to increase exports where practical and profitable. However, on a global scale, demand for meat and meat products has been underpinned by rising demand for poultry meat, which has consistently risen faster than the rate of global population growth in the last fifty years. Moreover, meat and dairy consumption is rising around the world, including in the advanced economies where much of it is produced.

Meeting the capital requirements of retail banks in order to obtain finance to invest in future growth can be hard for farming and livestock producers. Many tend to be highly capitalised due to their asset-dense business, which can prevent them from securing finance conventionally despite their dependable revenue streams from relationships with key buyers, and raising finance through equity sales is rarely an option for family-owned farms. Trade financiers can support these businesses by connecting them with a wide network of alternative sources of lending. These private sources can offer bespoke lending terms which better suit producers’ financial situation. Specifically, by offering drastically reduced capital requirements on their lending and more flexible repayment terms to grant producers the ability and time to transport and sell their receivables.

Products financed

Key farming & livestock products financed include:


  • Dairy cattle
  • Other cattle and buffaloes
  • Horses & equines
  • Sheep & goats
  • Swine/pigs
  • Poultry
  • Other animals


  • Mixed farming activity
  • Farm animal boarding & care
  • Support activities for animal production (other than farm animal boarding & care)
  • Support activities for crop production
Farming & Livestock Finance Requirements
  • Your business has dependable revenue streams underpinned by strong supplier relationships
  • Your business is creditworthy
  • You can demonstrate that finance will enable you to conduct a profitable transaction
How the transaction works

Businesses interested in trade finance submit a request for credit, just as they would for a regular bank loan. Having provided an overview of your business, your accounts receivable, and your future business expectations, and a full business plan detailing the venture you are seeking finance for, Trade Finance Global’s trade experts can assess your plans for operational risk to yourself and any financial backer. Upon completion, TFG can connect you with a network of private lenders who understand the venture you are undertaking and can offer terms that suit your needs. Once the finance is approved, TFG will also facilitate the transaction between buyer and seller. By ensuring quality receivables are shipped on time through use of bespoke trade finance tools such as letters of credit, TFG can mitigate the risks to all parties posed by an international transaction and maximise profits from potential investments.

What is the SIC Code for Trade in Farming & Livestock?

Businesses raising livestock are grouped under a series of eight SIC codes:

01410   Raising of dairy cattle
01420   Raising of other cattle and buffaloes
01430   Raising of horses and other equines
01440   Raising of camels and camelids
01450   Raising of sheep and  goats
01460   Raising of swine/pigs
01470   Raising of poultry
01490   Raising of other animals

Four other codes are reserved for businesses engaged in activities which support the farming and livestock trade:

01500   Mixed farming
01610   Support activities for crop production
01621   Farm animal boarding and care
01629   Support activities for animal production (other than farm animal boarding and care) n.e.c.

Separate information regarding sector-specific trade financing is also available for firms engaged in producing or trading Cereal, Crops and Oil Seeds; Spice, Aromatic, Drug and Pharmaceutical Crops; and Fruit.

Full tariff schedules for live animals and live animal products can be found on


Case Study

Livestock Farm, Farming & Livestock Finance

For our business, it was uncertainty over international buyers’ conduct that held us back from engaging in international ventures. It seemed crazy to assume the cost and legal risk of transporting valuable livestock to a buyer who might not pay or comply with their regulatory obligations. TFG were with us every step of the way; releasing the finance at the right times, giving us credit assurances that the buyer would pay, and monitoring the transaction itself as our livestock were transported to the buyer. Thank you TFG!!

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  •  Free up working capital to invest in your business
  •  Fast turnaround – get the finance you need quickly on terms that work for you
  •  Service new customers to grow revenues and profits

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About the Author

Deepesh Patel is Editorial Director at Trade Finance Global (TFG). In this role, Deepesh leads efforts in developing TFG’s brand, relationships and strategic direction in key markets, including the UK, US, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Deepesh regularly chairs and speaks at international industry events with the WTO, BCR, Excred, TXF, The Economist and Reuters, as well as industry associations including ICC, FCI, ITFA, ICISA and BAFT.

Deepesh is the host of the ‘Trade Finance Talks’ podcast and ‘Trade Finance Talks TV’. He is co-author of ‘Blockchain for Trade: A Reality Check’ with the ICC and the WTO, alongside other industry research.

In addition to his work at TFG, Deepesh is a Strategic Advisor for WOA, and works closely with ITFA. He also sits on the Fintech Working Group of the Standardised Trust.

Prior to TFG, Deepesh worked at Travelex where he was responsible for the cards business and the Travelex Money app in Europe, NAM, UK and Brazil. Deepesh is Chair of Governors and co-opted LA Governor of the Wyvern Federation, which has responsibility for 5 primary schools in South London.

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