Having a CDL myself I’ve come to make friends with some interesting folks in the trucking industry over the years. Of all of the truckers I’ve ever met though I’d say cattle haulers are the most interesting. Let me just say, they’re a rare breed.
It takes a special kind of truck driver to haul livestock. I’ve went on many runs with my good friend, John Welton from Moorefield, WV, hauling cattle from the sale barns in Zanesville, Ohio to the JBS packing plant in Sauderton, PA and, let me tell you, these trips are not for the faint of heart.
Cattle haulers must get the cattle to their final destination in a timely manner, all the while making sure to keep the cattle’s welfare in mind. Hauling cattle is serious business and the men and women that haul these animals across the country to feedyards and slaughterhouses play a vital role in making sure our nation’s cattle get from the ranch to the dinner plate. I came upon this article from Cattle Today and I think it gives an interesting perspective into what the job of a cattle hauler involves and some of the issues facing this segment of both the beef and trucking industries.
by Clifford Mitchell
Livestock transportation has made many strides over the years. From the trail drives of the days of old, to the rail car and finally, modernized hauling rigs that took advantage of this country’s vast highway system to get from point A to point B.
No matter what era, from the Trail Boss to the modern day cattle hauler, these ramrods are a rare breed. Although the business of livestock transportation has changed vastly through the years, the kindred spirits who claim to be masters of the trail could be the same men through the ages. Today, it’s still a business where a man’s word is his bond and firms depend on a third party to get their product to town in a reasonable amount of time.
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