Who Here Has Experience Driving A Cattle Truck Or Hauling Other Stock?

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BK's Comment
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Try hauling pigs and then do the double deck trailer washout.

I think JBS Carriers Is a big cattle hauling company out of Greeley, CO. Maybe the biggest company of it’s sort.

Old School's Comment
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Trucking involves work. If you want to avoid work and sacrifice you'd be better doing something where livestock and trucks are not involved.

PackRat's Comment
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Who knew Todd was into cattle?

Kind of makes me wonder too, after reading all that.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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My thought is that the 1000 mile hauls were not to a slaughterhouse. Maybe transporting breeding stock, etc., not in a semi trailer, but in a smaller trailer pulled by a heavy duty pick up.

Laura, how close is my guess and is there a prize for that? Lol

Bruce, LOL both correct and incorrect. I hauled dairy breeding stock from Oklahoma and Texas to Idaho. I also hauled Boer and Boer cross meat goats from MT and WY to Texas to a goat sales ring for slaughter. The price down there made the trip worthwhile for me and everyone else that shipped with me. I used a friend's gooseneck trailer for those trips.

I did not unload the goats....too many to worry about. Most goats tend to lay down on a trip, tho there are some that stand the whole way. I stopped several times to stretch and water them. Prices got better up north and I stopped. Plus I got known for having meat cross kids that grew out well. Since I also allowed butchering on my property, I sold directly to my customers.



Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rob T.'s Comment
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If home daily is what you're looking for a quick search on indeed.com will show you several LTL companies hiring for apprentices that will help you get your CDL.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Davy A.'s Comment
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The bit about German shepherds.....ugh. usually Aussie shepherds, border collies, although they don't herd cows as well as sheep. Catahoula and Australian cattle dogs.

David Bacon's Comment
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Being a librarian requires work too. Some people do it because they enjoy peace and quiet (shhhh! while people are trying to read books) as well as a lot of home time. That said, some drivers, I feel, are going to favor certain companies, certain ranges of driving (local, regional , over the road) working and living in certain parts of the nation (South Dakota is cool without all the crime and big-city hoopla) , certain pay levels and benefits and certain load and trailer types (hogs vs logs vs tankers vs goats vs cows vs produce vs sand vs grain vs hay vs dry vans vs vs flatbeds vs reefers vs stock trailers vs intermodal hauling and so on). It's a matter of what floats one's personal boat and figuring that out. Certainly, each and every one of these types of truck is going to have its own pros and cons. There might be a reason somebody here hates intermodal but loves stock hauling. One man's ***** cat might be another man's tiger. Somebody in this biz might be a home body who doesn't like to get his clothes and hands dirty. I personally hate hanging around for a long time in a vehicle that is not rolling. I used to be a mechanic by trade. I don't mind putting my coveralls on if I have to lie down in the grease or oil. Surgical gloves keep hands clean. Could local linehaul or intermodal be the right kind of trucking for that clinically-clean home person if a somewhat meager pay level is no object? I don't think intermodal involves much load touching or laborious securement work. I don't think a stackable shipping container is going to kick you or horn-gore you like an angry cow. It certainly should not smell of manure or jiggle the truck around like a loaded milk tanker. I don't think intermodal is going to involve a lot of waiting around in a truck that isn't moving. Am I not correct on most or all of those counts? Money is not everything. One has to consider one's level of quality time and quality of life as well.

Oh, Davy A, on herding dogs. German Shepherds were originally bred to tend sheep and defend the herds against possible wolf attacks in Europe. Now they are mainly for police work, military canine work, companion dogs, leading the blind and for security. My brother uses figures of these shepherds on his model layout's ranch scenery because he doesn't have the more cow-worthy types as you mentioned above. The only other scale dog figures he has is black and white beagles, golden retrievers and Doberman pinschers. I once read in a dove hunting book that the best "dove retrieving" dog the author ever saw happed to be a German shepherd in Texas. Farmers and ranchers might also have this German shepherd breed mainly for security, their main purpose. I would say the best cattle dog to push stubborn bovines into a truck or elsewhere is the black mouth cur, Old Yeller types. Good hog dogs too, I've been told.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.


Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.


A refrigerated trailer.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davy A.'s Comment
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Ive used Rotties to herd stubborn cattle, They will get the job done, but can get a bit overzealous. Yes, GSDs will work, theyre smart and can definitely work stock if they are trained to, but I have yet to see a working farm running em. The kill drive is to high in them and many other breeds. Herding dogs are using their prey drive instincts, they stop short of killing though. Aussies and heelers make the best cattle dogs because they are tough and move them by biting. We used our border collies because that was what we had to work with, but they herd by space and eye contact, most cattle dont respond well to them until they learn to nip and bite, which then can ruin them for sheep.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Who knew Todd was into cattle?

Funny, I just started reading this thread and by his 3rd post I was thinking sounds an awful lot like Todd.

I see I wasn't alone!

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