A bull hauler is a truck driver that transports livestock from one place to another, usually from the farm to the slaughterhouse. Bull hauler trucking jobs can be a very dangerous job unless you know how to handle animals properly.
The most stressful part of a bull hauler’s job, both for him and the animals, is loading and unloading the trailer. You should load the animals quietly and at a leisurely pace. It’s very easy to spook an animal and his panic is usually picked up by the rest of the herd. It can take up to a half hour for the animal to calm down enough to be loaded; the more you rush, the longer loading will generally take. You should be patient and gentle with your cargo at all times. Remember, your freight is alive and capable of doing lots of damage should they decide to stampede!
It’s important for a bull hauler to avoid stressing his cargo. Stress will affect the taste, texture and appearance of the meat. Bruising or other injuries are also unacceptable so be sure that your cargo is not crammed into a trailer that is too small.
It’s important to inspect your trailer before you leave the terminal. The bottom of the trailer should be solid and have cross boards in place to prevent the animals from slipping. There should be ample ventilation to prevent the livestock from becoming overheated.
Driving a truck hauling livestock takes a sure touch and a gentle foot on the accelerator. Slow but smooth starts and stops will prevent panic in the trailer while sudden stops and jerky acceleration will cause the animals to stumble, fall or become injured. Remember, it’s very important that your cargo arrives in good shape.
A bull hauler makes about $39,000 a year on average depending on the company for which he is driving. Drivers who are familiar with animals and prove to be sensitive to their needs will find themselves in high-demand. Any bull hauler can tell you that you need some common sense to haul such loads; you should never approach an animal from behind or make sudden moves or you might find yourself with a serious injury.
Runs are usually relatively short because of the problem of feeding and watering the animals. Livestock farms will usually adjust the animals’ food and water a few days before transport to limit waste products and digestive stress for the animals. Regardless, you’ll probably have a mess to clean up after you deliver your cargo and it’s best to get it done as soon as possible while it’s soft enough to spray out with a hose.