Livestock Truck Recovery.

A question for those who run, or have run their own stock truck. What arrangements do you have in place, to recover your truck, or more importantly any livestock that you may have on board, in the event of a breakdown that can't be fixed at the side of the road?
Tia.
 

Montexy

Member
No truck but use the stock trailer and this is something I've been thinking about lately, ok if you are in your area but travel a bit further afield where Neighbours or mates can't help you out and you can run into a problem. AA won't be much use either if it's a trailer problem. At the moment I just keep my fingers crossed which is not really good enough I know.
 
No truck but use the stock trailer and this is something I've been thinking about lately, ok if you are in your area but travel a bit further afield where Neighbours or mates can't help you out and you can run into a problem. AA won't be much use either if it's a trailer problem. At the moment I just keep my fingers crossed which is not really good enough I know.
Absolutely this! I've run a succession of trucks for a long time now, and although well maintained, sh!t happens sometimes. Several times i have rescued friends and neighbours who have had trailer/lorry issues en route to market. Rock up, back- to- back with their vehicle and swap the stock over and the jobs a good'un. Not so easy away from home territory, out of normal working hours on a dual carriageway or motorway. Is it possible to insure against these contingencies?
 
Absolutely this! I've run a succession of trucks for a long time now, and although well maintained, sh!t happens sometimes. Several times i have rescued friends and neighbours who have had trailer/lorry issues en route to market. Rock up, back- to- back with their vehicle and swap the stock over and the jobs a good'un. Not so easy away from home territory, out of normal working hours on a dual carriageway or motorway. Is it possible to insure against these contingencies?
Yes wifey's got it, very good too or at least it has been when she's had to use it, I'll find out the details when she awake.
 

Hfd Cattle

Member
Location
Hereford
I had livestock recovery insurance when I had my lorry and used to go miles and miles . Used it once on the M5 . It was a major operation to transfer the livestock as the 3 lanes on the motor way had to be closed to allow the lorry to turn around and back up to my truck . I wanted the breakdown truck to pull me into the nearest services ( about 2 miles)but he refused saying he couldn't move me with the cattle on . I'm glad I had the insurance as the cost would have been horrific. Unfortunately I can't remember who I was insured with as it was back in the late 80's .
 
No truck but use the stock trailer and this is something I've been thinking about lately, ok if you are in your area but travel a bit further afield where Neighbours or mates can't help you out and you can run into a problem. AA won't be much use either if it's a trailer problem. At the moment I just keep my fingers crossed which is not really good enough I know.
i have read the small print for the AA RAC Green flag, and none of them would tow livestock. I think they would recover your trailer if it was empty , I may be wrong though.
looking forward to Mrs Belowaverage waking up as I would be very interested in finding out about breakdown cover for livestock transport.
 

ford7000

Member
hi,i work as a aa,rac etc contractor and no way are we allowed to move anything with animals on board.the owner has to sort out the animal side of things.not even tow to a place of safety.not even allowed to have a pet in the cab,they have to stay in the vehicle.that has caused a few tantrums.:rolleyes::LOL:
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
A question for those who run, or have run their own stock truck. What arrangements do you have in place, to recover your truck, or more importantly any livestock that you may have on board, in the event of a breakdown that can't be fixed at the side of the road?
Tia.
Strange one. Never thought about it myself. Never happened. Often have 3 vehicles transporting livestock at same time in spring and autumn.
 

JP1

Member
Livestock Farmer
There was a company based in Dorset that tried to offer a livestock transport backload brokerage service. It was set up by a guy utilising his wife's horse transporter breakdown recovery brokerage - LGV recovery and emergency horse carrying assistance.

The business closed
 
Yesterdays quiet word obviously worked, she's up and about this morning, let's hope I've nipped this turning up in the pit to start putting cups on at 7.10am and 7.15am in the bud.
Said Mr BA as he lay in bed listening to Mrs BA milk the last of the cows outside. He then had a quick look at the oooooh thread before wondering what Mrs BA would make him for his breakfast when she came in.
 

Paddington

Member
Location
Soggy Shropshire
Deviating slightly from theOP I seem to remember a question from my animal transport test where you had found an injured animal in your trailer en route, who is your first point of call ? The possible answers were a) a local vet b) the police or c) trading standards.
My first thought was, if you were miles from home how would you know where the nearest vet was ? Alright if you have a smartphone and have a signal you can Google it, but some of the people taking the test with me at the time had never used a PC before. Similarly trading standards, who carries their number ? If you rang the police could they not give you a local vets number ?
The correct answer was a local vet, of course. ;)
Think when I was with GEM recovery I raised this point. They used local recovery trucks, could not transport livestock, what you would need to do was find a local farmer who could look after your animals until you could return to recover them. They did not know anything about movement restrictions.:rolleyes:
 

johnspeehs

Member
Location
Co Antrim
No truck but use the stock trailer and this is something I've been thinking about lately, ok if you are in your area but travel a bit further afield where Neighbours or mates can't help you out and you can run into a problem. AA won't be much use either if it's a trailer problem. At the moment I just keep my fingers crossed which is not really good enough I know.
Maybe we could have an alert system for Tff members , I'm sure most would help if they could, should something happen near them.:unsure:
 

Netherfield

Member
Location
West Yorkshire
We'd one broke down on a slip road coming on to the M62, police closed the slip road while another one came back to back, 12 fat heifers walked across no problems, they did say they wouldn't have done it had it been on the motorway, there was talk of having to shoot all the beasts in that scenario.

Poultry could be different case though, a truck dealer towed one on a spectacle lift from Peterborough to West Yorkshire without problems.
 

Montexy

Member
I contacted www.horsebox-rescue.com they have quoted me £57 per year for full roadside assistance and will ship livestock back home for you if they cannot get you started in your vehicle or trailer repaired. They will liaise with Police or Highways Agency if need be. They handle any livestock not just horses but the exception is pigs.
Think I might give them a go for piece of mind.
 

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