If you plan on moving livestock in the future, or if you already do, there are a number of things you should know for the safety of your animals and for yourself. After all, livestock transportation can be a tricky business.
Here, we’re going to take a look at some of the things to keep in mind when transporting livestock. Some of the suggestions below will have to do with preparing your trailer, while others are simply things you should keep in mind or adhere to.
Traveling with a Livestock Trailer
Your full attention is required when driving with a trailer. Between you and the car in front of you, keep extra space. When pulling a full trailer, braking times increase. At all times, be aware of other drivers – you can’t, after all, hope to control them.
To ensure the safety and comfort of your animals, take turns and curves slowly at a safe speed. When possible, don’t travel in severe weather. Rather than during the hottest time of day (especially during the summer months), transport animals in the evening or early morning.
Before loading, always determine you have a properly working trailer. Then, and only then, can you load your livestock. During loading, try to predict and eliminate any possible distractions. Entering the trailer will be harder with an animal who is distracted. These can include people, noise, large set-ups, and random objects. Load larger animals first, when using a bumper pull trailer, placing them before (ahead of) the trailer axles.
At head height, use a slipknot to tie animals. Make sure the animal can view you as you exit and enter the trailer. Pay attention to where you are and where the animal is, so you don’t get pinned between the gate or trailer wall and the animal. Make sure all gates are latched and closed tightly.
Be Aware of Any and All Limitations
Here are at least two things you need to be sure of ahead of time:
- Your truck can handle the load of the trailer and livestock (weight of trailer, animals, and extra equipment/feed combined).
- The trailer is capable of handling the livestock you want to move.
Additionally, know your limits personally. This means whether or not you’re comfortable or sure of maneuvering and driving a livestock trailer. Practice on an empty trailer before loading it and make sure you are proficient before any animals enter that trailer. If you are not 100% comfortable, find someone else to do it. This is for your safety as well as that of the animals and other drivers.
Maintenance on a Basic Level
Make sure the following are working properly:
- Electric wiring connections
- Brakes, and other functions associated with basic or safe operation
Make sure all safety chains and latches between the trailer and truck are fastened securely. Make sure you have a clean, sturdy trailer floor. So no animal slippage occurs, make sure the floor has proper traction.
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