ANY ADVICE FOR A BEGINNER BULL HAULER WOULD BE APPRECIATED!
Posted Sat, Aug 13 2011 05:55 AM CST
JOE S
SIMON TRUCKING
COMFREY, MN

Posts: 3
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Posted Sun, Aug 14 2011 03:47 AM CST
LEE Y
BBB
SAN SABA, TX

Posts: 23
well not sure of what you know or don't know, but first thing comes to my mind to tell ya is you don't have to burn the hide off cattle with your dumass stick when loading, and you don't even need to get it out of the side box when unloading, you own them as long as their on your truck, so treat'em as if those we're your kids ridin back there, you don't need to run 100 mph, stay away from the dope an dope heads,keep your logbook up to date pullin a pot is auotmatic red flag to be stopped in certain area's. don't eat the poop,! and last but not least never approach a bull from the front a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction, lol. it can be a lot of fun but there is some agrravation the comes with it to, over weight majority of the the time, any you really have to be on your toes with your driving habbits because these brat drivers out there today coudn't care anyless about you an your load of LIVESOCK, your just a obstacle in their path. REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE
Posted Sun, Aug 14 2011 02:36 PM CST
CHRIS VON DRISKA
C&P FARMS
WAPAKONETA, OH

Posts: 1
this sould go with out saying ,but protect your body . you don't need to be a bad ass not afraid anything kind of person to do this job, just resepct the fact that these animals can kill you at lease hurt you. when loading always know your escape route if you need to get out of a pen quick ! don't act like a freight hauler,take off slow and slow down easy go around curves and ramps slow ,cow trailers will turn over easier then you think .i've been hauling livestock for 32 years and i've been hurt more times then i want to remember. the longer you do the job the better you can read the animals ,but then you know everything or so you think,then you get hurt, i know from experience. just be careful and have a good time hauling livestock, it can be fun at times. REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE
Posted Mon, Aug 15 2011 11:01 AM CST
TOM FREEMAN
B C FREEMAN TRUCKING LLC
SPRING CREEK, NV
775-934-1488

Posts: 16
Give me a call. I have been hauling cattle for over 30 years. My number is 775-934-1488. I will call you back if I am out of area for service. Tom REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE
Posted Mon, Aug 15 2011 05:41 PM CST
KENNY KAY
CUSTOM CATTLE COMPANY, INC.
HALLSVILLE, TX
903-720-2324

Posts: 55
Learn to accept the loses, they are going to happen! Be prepared by having the proper insurance you will need trucking any livestock. Learn the difference between healthy animals and non healthy animals. Never assume you know everything there is to know, because you won't. You've heard this before, but there are no dumb question, only people who are affaird to ask them. Not sure what your wanting to know, but one of the best pieces of advice i could give you is this, know your nitch. Another words what exactly it is you want to do in this business. For example, if your Company is one that hauls all types livestock and exotics too, having the right trailer will more than once pay for itself. Your reputation is everything in this business, so keep it on the up and up. Be honest, dependable, and trustworthy when dealing with ranchers, farmers, shippers, breeders and dispatchers. To be up front here, you will meet alot that aren't. You'll learn alot about who not to work for just by being silent and listening. Keep those companies in the side view mirror at all times. Learn to build a network of other Livestock transporters around you who you can trust. You never know when you might need their help when you get in a bind. Learn to be very business savvy, because this business is very up and down. Learn to run "lean" so that you make your business more efficient and effective. REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE
Posted Mon, Aug 15 2011 09:43 PM CST
JOE S
SIMON TRUCKING
COMFREY, MN

Posts: 3

Cant say thanks enuff for the advice! Ive hauled everything but livestock and I think its going to be my nitch. Dad was bullhauler and grandpa had a smaller feedlot of 2000 head. I cant say I have no experience with cattle but by all means prolly not what i should have to haul cattle. I like to think i have pretty good common sense when it comes to driving truck. I no my limits and from riding along with dad i no that hauling cattle aint like pulling another loads. You just dont shut the door or tighten a binder. Haulin cattle/livestock is in a class of its own in my opinion. Either you have what it takes or you just cant hack it. I no what its like to be that guy first starting out something new. I always try to help first timers if i see they need help and i can lend a hand. Ive read some of the other post of a few topics and some are really agianst beginners esp bullhaulers. I no im gonna be that beginner. Im hoping ill catch on quick. But any help on loading the trailer would be most helpful. Gonna be pulling a 53' spread or tripple. Thanks agian!

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Posted Tue, Aug 16 2011 04:10 PM CST
JASON CWACH
LONG RANGE TRUCKING
YANKTON, SD

Posts: 2
Dress the part too if you can. Don't wear sweat pants and flip flops when you get out to load or unload. Ya don't need to go all cowboy with the button down shirt and Wranglers but pants and decent tennis shoes would be a better option. When you need to sleep, then sleep. Don't push your luck. Stay away from the dope. It was said before but it can not be said enough. There ain't no shame if it ain't for you. It takes a special kinda person to do this job. If it is for you then congrats. Probably be addicted like most everyone eles. REPLY REPLY WITH QUOTE
Posted Fri, Sep 02 2011 11:56 PM CST
JOSH OMMEN
OMMEN TRUCKING
HARMONY, MN
507-458-5815

Posts: 1
Originally Posted by: JASON CWACH
Quote: "Dress the part too if you can. Don't wear sweat pants and flip flops when you get out to load or unload. Ya don't need to go all cowboy with the button down shirt and Wranglers but pants and decent tennis shoes would be a better option. When you need to sleep, then sleep. Don't push your luck. Stay away from the dope. It was said before but it can not be said enough. There ain't no shame if it ain't for you. It takes a special kinda person to do this job. If it is for you then congrats. Probably be addicted like most everyone eles."

Are you kidding me dress the part?
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Posted Sat, Sep 03 2011 09:07 AM CST
BOBBY WEST
WEST CATTLE CO.
LOWELL, OH
740-517-3423

Posts: 37
Originally Posted by: JOSH OMMEN
Quote: "Are you kidding me dress the part?"

First impression is the lasting impression. I know several cattle buyers that will automatically disqualify you if you come in looking like some baggy pants freighthauler. Dress like a professional and be treated like one. That was the rule of thumb when I was a working cowboy going up to the foreman looking for a job and still applies now that I've hauled cattle for the last 14 years.
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Posted Sat, Sep 17 2011 09:33 PM CST
FRANK POER
NOT WORKING
DECATUR, TX
817-821-0931

Posts: 43
well i guess i dont dress the part then sleeveless button down shirt wranglers and lace up cowboy boots that aint been tied since i bought them lol.but i do wear mud boots in the trailer lacers are easyer to slip off the them pull on boots

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