Bull haulers haul cattle not just bulls, lol. While some Only haul bulls, many haul other livestock as well. All livestock haulers are a special breed.
I don't want to drive teams, don't want a dog in the truck with me and most certainly don't want to haul live animals, lol.
But that is just me. A lot of truck drivers love it! ( I wrote that a few years ago. I now have a dog in the truck and I love it! Soooo )
Maybe you will too! Not a boring job. A large number of bull haulers grew up around the industry.
If you are patient, ambitious, love animals and making good money and lots of adventure you might make a good bull hauler or livestock hauler.
Hauling cattle is only part of what bull haulers do. Truckers who are hauling livestock don't waste much time. These animals need to cared for while be transported. If you are a driver who likes to goof off at truck stops, bull hauling is not for you.
It takes a special breed as with many specialize trucking jobs. Many of these drivers who haul cattle watched their fathers, uncles or close friends of the family haul cattle or they came up on a farm with cattle.
They don't mind the work and added pressure of managing live animals. They are paid well and they earn it. But they are passionate about the job. If you are going to do it just for the money, these guys and gals will tell you......you probably won't last.
When I started driving, a lot of bull haulers that I talked were pressured to drive illegally.(Sometimes directly and sometimes by default)
The objective is to get these animals alive to their destination as soon as possible.
I don't know
if they still have that extra pressure going on but obviously there is
extra challenge when hauling live animals across the country. It is truly a management situation.
They also have to check on them constantly and take certain precautions. I wish I could elaborate on their jobs more but I hadn't really conversed with a bull hauler on the specifics enough times for it to stick in my head to the point that I can relay it to you accurately. I just remember that they do have to stop.
We have some awesome bull haulers here, they will fill you in on life as a bull hauler below..
Can you give us a better description of what it is like to have this type of trucking job?
How is it different from pulling a dry van? What extra training will you need? How long does it take get get trained?
Did you go to a school to get training or did you learn on the job? Is there a school that provides the training for this type of job?
What extra responsibilities did you have pulling this type of freight?
How long did you do this type of trucking job for?
Did you like it? Was it difficult?
Was the extra work worth the money or did you get the same pay as when you pulled dry van?
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