SEMI LiveStock Trailer Advice

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by agricon, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. agricon

    agricon Bobtail Member

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    We are a hog farm looking at starting to do our own hog hauling as we have gotten big enough to haul a load every day of the week, 5 triple deck loads a week, (1 every week day). Plus we have an extra free truck (KW900L) that only works 2 days a week on weekends moving feed that I would like to put to work during the week. Up until now we have had the trucking done by another company with a triple deck pot (2 full decks plus the belly deck)


    Question is what trailers to look at, looking at cheapest haul $ per hog, trailer capacity is not really important cause I can always fill a trailer or hire it done for any extra loads. The bottom line is cheapest $ per hog shipped and get my spare truck running through the week, so we are looking at fuel and man hours really plus the extra variable costs from running extra Miles.


    My first intention was to get a new triple deck in which can hold on avg 215-220 hogs here but from my understanding from others is that they are a hard pull, and I was suggested to look at double deck 53 foot with horizontally slated sides which can hold 180-190 because apparently the extra fuel efficiency will make the trucking cost = per hog to a triple deck plus there are rumours that the CFIA wants to ban belly decks because of heat stress in the summer and getting airflow through 3 decks esp in the bottom belly is challenging to reduce stress (less stress = better meat quality)

    I have no experience hauling livestock with semis so I am looking for people with experience with the different trailer styles that could share and compare fuel costs and other costs between the two types of trailers. BTW Its a 7 hours of driving round trip 6 of which are interstate.
     
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  3. HaulnHorses

    HaulnHorses Light Load Member

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    What do you pay out right now for that 7hr round trip?
     
  4. agricon

    agricon Bobtail Member

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    $7 a hog is the going rate
     
  5. socal

    socal Medium Load Member

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    You could call this outfit and ask how they spec their trailers. Gurney Trucking in Utah. They have a decent sized fleet hauling hogs from Utah to Farmer johns In Vernon Ca.
    http://www.gurneytrucking.com/index.html
     
  6. Kw900a

    Kw900a Light Load Member

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    we use all straight deck trailers meaning it has a top and bottom. it's 53ft. I wouldn't go less then that. mine has 7 big pens n the dog box. depending size of pigs we can get 160 on it and that's at 325 lb per pig. easier to wash out. and basically a van trailer. been seeing alot more outside guys hauling into our plant with straight decks from Ohio IL n Indiana. our company is doing away with pots and triple decks due to stress on pigs etc. so hope this helps anymore ? I'll try to answer.
     
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