- Apr 19, 2007
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- Gulf Coast of South Texas
I wouldn't want to get in a wreck hauling cattle for money with out a commercial vehicle policy. 😬
I did it for a year,wasn't so much dealing with people.it was access and facilities ..from fording the river.,to being pulled out of a lot with a bull dozer ..stockyard sold hogs during that period too..nothing more aggravating,make cattle look like a breeze..Your post made me laugh out loud
People, access, AND facilities...I did it for a year,wasn't so much dealing with people.it was access and facilities ..from fording the river.,to being pulled out of a lot with a bull dozer ..stockyard sold hogs during that period too..nothing more aggravating,make cattle look like a breeze..
You might consider an inventory of potential customers within a reasonable distance to you to see if it warrants hanging your shingle.Interesting thread.....pondering if I was going to haul cattle at the sale barn with just a small 6x16...nominally 2 to 4 bigger cows or 6 small ones....what would I charge? I would do a run for $100. minimum flat fee good for 1 to 30 miles max. anything over 30 miles would be $3. per mile extra. That said...who in here thinks that's a good rate? Would you use my small scale service?
$2./ mile won't pay for my equipment wear and tear...it has to be $3.
I pay $20 flat fee for hauling (1 to a full load) about 25 miles. Sale barn does it as a service. For my part, I feel obligated to have them ready to load when he gets there. Usually, loading takes only a few minutes.
After loading we BS about politics, weather, cattle, family etc. for as long as he wants, usually 10-15 mins. He is one of the owners. A win-win for both of us. There are closer sale yards but this kind of service cannot be beat. I find it hard to get my trailer out for that.
Customer service, a lost art.
Snd diesel wasn’t over $5 a gallonI have been averaging about 30 loads a year for B. And I don't count any time that I have cows included in the move. I don't charge him anything. We take it out in trade. I get a lot of free pasture. And my few cattle marketed along with his hundreds. And I have never got a bill when a semi load goes out of here full of my cows.
Some years ago over on the coast there was a guy who hauled from the sale to my place and back. He charged $25 a trip, one cow or a trailer load. When he raised the price to $50, I bought a trailer.