Livestock Hauler

Livestock Hauler

A livestock hauler safely and efficiently delivers livestock from a farm to market or processing plant with animal welfare being the foremost concern. They are responsible for any and all needed maintenance on the tractor or trailer to be taken care of by the garage or maintenance personnel. Additionally, they must accurately complete delivery forms and forward the documentation for timeline processing. A willingness to work flexible hours is important.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Drive livestock to and from market/slaughter house to farm
  • Observe all regulations at all times
  • Be responsible for maintenance on equipment
  • Conduct a pre-trip inspection of the truck (tires, fuel, oil)
  • Check the load before leaving
  • Monitor the livestock’s conditions on the trip
  • Help load and unload truck
  • Complete delivery forms
  • Conduct a post-trip inspection of the truck (wash, fuel, tires)
  • Comply with all Department of Transportation rules and regulations
  • Maintain an excellent safety record
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on sciences like animal science and biology, Spanish and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A high school diploma plus a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) certification is required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Food and livestock production companies employ livestock haulers.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • United Truck Drivers Association
  • Women in Trucking Association
  • American Trucking Association  
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$36,000
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