I WANT TO HAUL LIVESTOCK...WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW
Posted Sat, Sep 04 2010 01:20 AM CST
KRISTI WILSON
Posts: 7

Well if you want make any money you need good dependable drivers that know the business as far as cattle hauling goes. you need to check refrences because if they are as good as they say they are than they would not be looking. for a job. ( Keep good drivers they are few and far between. ) dont let anyone discourage you. There will be alot of people try and do that on here. remember it is like all things in life listen to the old timers in the business they know what they are talking about. You can make good money but you will have to wait for it so make sure that you have operating funds so if you have to wait 6-8wks for your money than you can still run. your d / h miles are going to be about 30 % - 50 % that is why the pay is so much more. just talk to people and get the facts before you go head over hills for this. ( and keep those flatbeds just in case.)

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Posted Sat, Sep 04 2010 02:01 AM CST
TRVIS TODD
Posts: 3

Are you saying thats not what they are making,,,,are you a livestock hauler?

 

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Posted Sat, Sep 04 2010 05:51 AM CST
JIM SWEETS
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I've been at it for 16 years through ups and downs and better and worse and what I have found is you will make a living.  Of course some will argue that during Jan, Feb, and March you park but the other 9 months are ok.  You need to realize this is a hurry up go go go business and cows shit, piss and kick which can be a lot different than other trucking.  Oh and our trailers are about 60000 new and seem to turn over lots more than other trailers so insurance is more expensive.  Also cattle unfortunately die in transit.  Doesn't just cost you an animal also in lots of places a disposal.  I've got 5 drivers that have all been with me for ten years or more and they will tell you it is a hard life on families but they still wouldn't do anything else.  Now for the 30,000 per month, that would mean you would have to run about 20,000 miles per month since we average about 50% loaded miles and about 3.00 per mile less any dispatch fees you incurr.  Pretty hard to do with cow business as we run hard and only average about half that.  However, should you decide on the cow business and you buy new or great trailers and then need to sell them on the cheap let some of us know as we are always looking. 

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Posted Sat, Sep 04 2010 11:31 AM CST
TRVIS TODD
Posts: 3

i'VE BEEN A DRIVER FOR 20 YEARS AND NEVER FIGURED TO HAUL LIVESTOCK....ITS ALL BEEN FLATBEAD OR DRY VAN OR SIDE LOAD.  I SEE THESE DRIVERS ARE MAKING PRETTY GOOD MONEY WITH 3.40 A MILE. 

WHAT ARE THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THIS TYPE OF HAUL...PIGS AND CATTLE!  CAN I REALLY MAKE 30K A MONTH???  THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE IN ADVANCE!

I AM AN OWNER OPERATOR WITH THREE TRUCKS ( I NEED DRIVERS BY THE WAY)  I AM NOT GREEDY AND WILL PAY YOU BETTER THAN 99.99 OF WHAT COMPANYS WILL.     CONTACT ME AT 720-327-5744   EMAIL ME AT TFINGUZ1@AOL.COM

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Posted Sat, Sep 04 2010 11:51 AM CST

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30K a month? Sign me up ! Where are those 30 K hauling lanes at?

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Posted Sun, Sep 05 2010 04:45 AM CST
TRVIS TODD
Posts: 3

Thank you for your insight on hauling cattle....i really appreciate you educating me on the ups and downs.  Good luck to you guys in the future and if you have any suggestions you can give to me please fill free to leave them!  God Bless!  Travis 

 

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