LIVESTOCK HAULING TRAINING?
Posted Thu, Mar 31 2011 11:45 AM CST
ERIC LOHAN
NONE
HOLIDAY, FL

Posts: 5
I have many years of OTR reefer experience. I would like to learn to haul livestock. The only way to learn the in's and out's is to do it or ride along. Any info would be helpful?
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Posted Sun, Apr 03 2011 11:53 AM CST
MATTHEW NEESE
BAR N CATTLE CO
NEW BOSTON, TX
903-280-0905

Posts: 2
Why do you want to haul cows? If you do not understand bovines you could get killed or hurt! If you want to learn, get a job on a ranch, feedlot or dairy first then transport them to market. Just a thought! REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE
Posted Mon, Apr 04 2011 12:44 PM CST
BOBBY WEST
WEST CATTLE CO.
LOWELL, OH
740-517-3423

Posts: 37
Originally Posted by: MATTHEW NEESE
Quote: "Why do you want to haul cows? If you do not understand bovines you could get killed or hurt! If you want to learn, get a job on a ranch, feedlot or dairy first then transport them to market. Just a thought!"

I know that if you want to be one of the GOOD cattle haulers you need to take a job working around livestock first. I agree with this post. When I quit cowboyin' and had no over the road experience the man that hired me said" Its easier to train a cowboy to drive truck than to turn a truck driver into a cattle hauler". He would rarely hire someone unless they had farm/ranch background.
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Posted Fri, Apr 08 2011 12:32 PM CST
RICH FRANK
FRANK LIVESTOCK TRANS
BILLINGS, MT
509-520-8477

Posts: 4
boy you all surprise me-to be a good livestock trucker 1st- be a driver that is smooth -2nd
know livestock -3rd be a mechanic-4th have some general knowledge about the business
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Posted Sun, Apr 10 2011 06:23 PM CST
TOM FREEMAN
B C FREEMAN TRUCKING LLC
SPRING CREEK, NV
775-934-1488

Posts: 16
if you want to haul livestock, thats great. I applaud you. I have been on ranches and hauling cows for 40 years. Many of the guys and gals who haul have little experience with cows. I have been on large Nevada ranches for years, handling thousands of cows on thousands of acres. I have been hauling cows since the early 70's. I can say, many of the drivers I have met, I would not want hauling my cows.

If you want to haul cows get in touch with someone, who has grown up with cows. They know a cow has one speed, slow. If you can learn that, loading and unloading will be a piece of cake. The hot shot is all too often used. A cow must see where she is going before you start hitting with the juice. Plus, learn to check your load often and slow down. Cows are not dry freight, they move and can go down and stay down.

Also, most ranchers, feedlot personal, farmers, want to see a professional, not a dirty unkept person. Keep you truck clean and polished, be curteous and you will do well.

If you have questions email me and I will help you all I can.
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Posted Mon, Apr 11 2011 10:41 AM CST
BOBBY WEST
WEST CATTLE CO.
LOWELL, OH
740-517-3423

Posts: 37
Originally Posted by: TOM FREEMAN
Quote: "if you want to haul livestock, thats great. I applaud you. I have been on ranches and hauling cows for 40 years. Many of the guys and gals who haul have little experience with cows. I have been on large Nevada ranches for years, handling thousands of cows on thousands of acres. I have been hauling cows since the early 70's. I can say, many of the drivers I have met, I would not want hauling my cows. If you want to haul cows get in touch with someone, who has grown up with cows. They know a cow has one speed, slow. If you can learn that, loading and unloading will be a piece of cake. The hot shot is all too often used. A cow must see where she is going before you start hitting with the juice. Plus, learn to check your load often and slow down. Cows are not dry freight, they move and can go down and stay down. Also, most ranchers, feedlot personal, farmers, want to see a professional, not a dirty unkept person. Keep you truck clean and polished, be curteous and you will do well. If you have questions email me and I will help you all I can."

Good advice Tom...an example of a quiet professional.
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