So you wanna haul livestock?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Jake The Bullhauler, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. Jake The Bullhauler

    Jake The Bullhauler Light Load Member

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    I've seen several threads from guys wanting go get into livestock hauling. I am not gonna tell y'all how to go about this, rather I will describe my day to day activities hauling cattle in TX. Hopefully this will help make ur mind up.

    Monday morning in winnsboro with kill cows to San Angelo. 39 cows 2 bulls. 52,000 lbs. Total weight was 86,000 full of fuel. Ran to San Angelo. 385 miles. Unload and come back to weatherford. Mess around weatherford for about an hour and get a call from a broke down truck south of Shreveport. I'm the closest available truck so I leave weatherford at 8:45 Monday evening, get to the relay station truck stop where he's at at 12:30. Back up to his trailer and run his cattle onto me. 90 head 45,000 lbs. Leave the relay station at 1 am. Cattle are goin to Clinton Oklahoma. Stop at the 533 in canton and take a 20 min nap then proceed on to Iowa park. Stop at Iowa park, fuel, check cattle, and get a sweet tea. Leave Iowa park and get to Clinton at 9:30 am. 500 miles total. Unloaded by 10 and sitting at the 108 truck stop by 10:30. Sleep til 4:45 pm and go to okc and get a big steak at cattleman's and head back to gilmer. Arrived in gilmer at 11:15 last night and will load at about 9 am for San Angelo again.

    Please if you are goin to criticize me on how hard I run don't waste the typing. I know what I can take and still be safe. I am just trying to help the guys that think they want to do this really understand what happens.
     
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  3. Tonythetruckerdude

    Tonythetruckerdude Crusty Deer Slayer

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    Thanks for letting the truth be told man, that is what folks need to know. Sometimes those that think they want to get into trucking do so with stars in their eyes and clouds under-foot. Some aspects of trucking are way, way different than others...right or wrong it is what it is..but when a question is asked... well then the truth must come out. I may not agree with running like that , But I'm not the one doing it..I'm sure if I were put into your shoes my outlook would change or I would decide to move on. Thanks again for stating the facts , and not sugar-coating it!
     
  4. windsmith

    windsmith Road Train Member

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    I really feel as if the government needs to step back from their cookie cutter, one size fits all HOS regulations. Let the drivers decide when they can drive, and when they need rest. Yes, there should be a cap on duty and driving hours per 24 hour period, but this should only be a guideline and not a hard regulation. There should be a lifetime disqualification for ANY at-fault collision involving injury or death for drivers that choose to operate outside that guideline. There should also be stiff penalties for companies that retaliate against a driver for refusing to operate outside that guideline.
     
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  5. Tonythetruckerdude

    Tonythetruckerdude Crusty Deer Slayer

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    Only problem with that windsmith...... is there would be soooo many rookie drivers that "think" they know when they're safe when in all actuality they don't. It takes a long, time and lots of experience to get to that level, now that being said....those laws are there not just for the drivers that are supposed to obey them , they are there to help insure the driving public's safety. It's true trucking is way , way over-regulated , and some changes are needed...but to have an "honor" system would be a big mistake. Enough guys/girl that drive and have driven for years break those rules everyday...We are all guilty of doing it many times in our driving career's for many reasons. You are correct about having stiff penalties especially for those involved in fatalities...on the drivers side and the shippers/receivers side. That would be a huge deterrent for drivers to make sure that they toe the line...but even then there will always be those that don't, people are gonna be people...nobody can regulate that.
     
  6. DThompsonNGI

    DThompsonNGI Light Load Member

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    Spot on there guys, it's not for every one and it's not a easy job hauling livestock. When those cows get to movin around you got your hands full driving. I've never pulled a bull rack but, have several family members and friends that have and have heard lots of stories.

    "There should be a lifetime disqualification for ANY at-fault collision involving injury or death for drivers that choose to operate outside that guideline"

    Windsmith, Remember your famous words there bud. A good lawyer can turn a not your fault accident into being your fault in a heart beat. Not busting your chops or any thing but, there are certain things you haul that you have to run illegal if your going to make any money because of getting hung up loading and unloading. You don't always bump a dock or drop and hook or have a day and a half to run 600 miles because of a appointment time set late in the afternoon the next day. I read several of your post and you contribute some good info on here, keep up the good work and most of all be safe.
     
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  7. Logan76

    Logan76 Crusty In Training

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    Are you going to update this daily?
     
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  8. Sequoia

    Sequoia Road Train Member

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    Could you describe a little bit about the loading and unloading process?
     
  9. Njnoob

    Njnoob Light Load Member

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    Just, PLEASE, don't contribute to hauling horses to slaughter.
     
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  10. HwyPrsnr

    HwyPrsnr Medium Load Member

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    Better yet...Ask him to explain "Resting the load". U have to be able to think fast and know what u r doing in hauling a Bullwagon. Hats off to them all.
     
  11. MJ1657

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    I'm hoping he does. Very interesting
     
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