John and Jan Jackson have spent the last 30 years of their lives dedicated to helping today's stockyards meet tomorrow's challenges. What started as an idea to help good people run their sale barns more efficiently, has blossemed into a collaboration with over 100 sale barns across this great country of ours. Market Systems is THE name in stockyard industry when it comes to livestock software. Since 1984, Market Systems has continually raised the bar by innovating each phase of the sale barn process.
It all began in 1974, when John started Century Data Services; offering his expertise to large conglomerates like IBM and NCR. In 1982 John sold his company and moved to Orange Brook, South Carolina to live a simpler, quieter life. After his move he was offered the job of Fiance Director for Orangeburg County, and settled down with his wife Jan in 1983. While they both craved the simple life, they decided to shake things up a bit when they discovered a gap in the stockyard industry. Sale barns were filled with employees (sometimes as many as 12 clerks in one office) and weren't run as efficiently as they could have been. With the help of Jan, John set out to write an office program to oragnize cattle, their sellers and their buyers in a way not thought possible before. In 1986, Market Systems was born. John and Jan's goal was to help sale barn owners, their sellers and buyers save time, money and energy by installing computer terminals and software that transformed a sale barn from a messy, confusiong operation, to an efficient, well oiled machine.
Market Systems was the first software program approved by P&S (Packers and Stockyards Division) for stockyard use. Other innovations include the first scale interface, the touch screens for clerks, the first penning program & recieving system, and the first fully intergrated buyer interface. Market Systems was also the first to use clip viewer to track sales with video and the first to utilize the use of a live feed. But what stockyards are still talking about, is our ring control module that allows your system to full communicate between the office, the auctioneer, the clerk and the penner.
John and Jan didn't use a fancy marketing campaign to grow their company, they relied on handshakes, their reputations and good word-of-mouth to become a staple of the stockyard industry. By 1990 they had over 25+ stockyards, and by 2018 they had well over 100 and growing every year. The Jacksons continue to dedicate themselves to sale barns across the country with their hands on approach and have always been ready to take on any challenge an stockyard has to offer.