Do you want to work as a livestock transporter?
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UPDATED: 9 March 2022
What is a Livestock Transporter?
A livestock transporter makes use of exceptional skills in driving heavy load trucks to transport different kinds of farm animals from one place to another.
Farm animals may need to be transported to places where they are for example held for auction, grading, slaughter or left for grazing.
What does a Livestock Transporter do?
The Livestock Transporter career can be found in the following career categories:
- Farming and Livestock Management
What does a Livestock Transporter focus on?
The primary focus of a livestock transporter is to work out the best way to transport a group of farm animals, and ensure that the actual transport with the vehicle is done effectively to ensure that the animals remain safe.
What are the daily tasks of a Livestock Transporter?
- Discuss brief with clients
- Prepare driving schedule
- Inspect truck and loading equipment
- Assist staff to load the animal on the truck
- Navigate and transport the animal to the delivery point
- Ensure that the animal is unloaded safely without being hurt
- Administration and filing
The working environment of a Livestock Transporter?
Where does a Livestock Transporter work?
Transporters work mostly outdoors, with work scheduled via an office setting.
Places of Employment –
Most livestock transporters work for transport companies, or directly for large farms. Some may start their own transport businesses.
What is the average annual salary of a Livestock Transporter?
As most transporters are self employed, their income is based on obtaining contracts. On average the income per year is around $60,000. This will differ from country to country.
What difficulties can a Livestock Transporter face?
The most difficult part of the job is the physical labour that will be required to load the animals. Transporters will also work extremely long hours, of which most will be driving a heavy vehicle.
Future growth and Possibilities
The industry is competitive, but does grow every year, especially in transporting farm animals to auction houses.
Which Skills are required by a Livestock Transporter?
The skills required for a career as a livestock transporter can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Good business knowledge
- Excellent driving skills
- Basic customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Excellent computer literacy
Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?
The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
What will I need to Study to become a Livestock Transporter?
To become a Livestock Transporter doesn’t require formal educational training, but some do further their studies through College. You will definitely need a special driver’s license to drive large vehicles.
If you do think of going to college, a diploma in business management, logistics, transport or animal management will be ideal.
Short Courses –
Short Courses are essential, especially when you do make use large vehicles to transport animals.
The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.
Possible Career Preparation Paths
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
Possible Combined Career Paths
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):
Stepping Stone Career
Being a livestock transporter can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).
You can begin as an intern driver after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.
Some of the possible paths:
Training and apprenticeship
Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a driver will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.
In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.
Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior transporter or expert.
Join the Livestock Transporters Group to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:
Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations
Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.
Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.
Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.
Where can I study further?
All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.
See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards transportation.
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