There are thousands upon thousands of Americans who make their living either directly or tangentially with livestock, and many of these people work with them on a day-to-day basis. One of the main challenges of the live animal industry is transportation, and this has been the case for as long as people have farmed. Modern transportation across the USA is generally done through livestock trailers, and if you are considering investing in your first one, then there are a few things you need to consider. Here are the most important factors that you need to think about when buying a livestock trailer.
If you are going to be covering hundreds of miles in your livestock trailer in single trips, then you can't afford to be buying second-hand; you need a new or almost new trailer that has good warranties on it. You also need to consider whether or not you want a livestock trailer with an attached living quarter. Not only does this make transporting livestock easier because you have a place to stay and don't always have to rent a hotel, but it also allows you to be near enough to your livestock to hear any issues that might arise during the night.
Amount Of Livestock
Before you buy your livestock trailer, always make sure to really think about how many animals need to be in your trailer on each and every trip. Be brutally honest with yourself and check your own company's figures if you need concrete data to make this decision. You cannot save money by buying a smaller livestock trailer than you need as not only can this be dangerous, if you overfill it, but it is against the law and it takes a lot longer to deliver the same cargo. Each livestock trailer you look at will be rated for a certain number of animals per trip, and you need to abide by that like it is the golden rule.
Wheels And Ability
If you need your livestock trailers to be able to cover rougher ground, then you might need something more built for off-roading. Not all livestock trailers can handle an uneven surface like you find around many farms, so make sure that you investigate whether the suspension, tires, and body of the trailer can handle the strains it will be placed under on your property. On the other hand, if you are only driving on paved roads, then this is not an issue that you will encounter and virtually all trailers will be an option for you.Share
15 November 2022
Several months ago, my wonderful spouse decided we should sell one of our vehicles. At first I was worried about how we would both get around, but his main goal with this plan was to start utilizing more public transportation. Ultimately I agreed that this was a good plan, though I was still concerned with using public transit as I hadn't had many experiences with it in the past. This blog is all about the benefits and advantages of transportation besides your own personal vehicles. You actually might be surprised by how easy it is to use other transportation methods!