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Livestock Hauler

 

Overview

A livestock hauler safely and efficiently delivers livestock from a farm to market or processing plant with animal welfare being the foremost concern.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Drive livestock to and from market/slaughter house to farm
  • Observe all government and company regulations at all times
  • Responsible for any and all needed maintenance on tractor or trailer to be taken care of by the garage or maintenance personnel
  • Pre-trip the truck (tires, fuel, oil) and check the load before leaving
  • Monitor the livestock’s conditions on the trip and take appropriate action
  • Help load and unload truck
  • Accurately complete delivery forms and forward the documentation for timely processing
  • Post-trip the truck (wash, fuel, tires)
  • Comply with all DOT rules and regulations as well as biosecurity requirements set by company
  • Maintain an excellent safety record

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma plus CDL certification is required.

 

To pursue a career as a Livestock Hauler:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on sciences like animal science and biology, Spanish, and mathematics. You must also be willing to work flexible hours.

 

Where can I work?

Food and livestock production companies employ livestock haulers.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a livestock hauler will be great over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • United Truck Drivers Association
  • Women in Trucking Association
  • American Trucking Association