Straight truck for cattle

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Re: Straight truck for cattle

Postby Stocker Steve » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:51 am

[quote="TennesseeTuxedo"Heck of a rig. You're doing alright for a guy living in a van down by the river.[/quote]

One ton pickups are popular here, but you have to run a semi to be a BTO. Haul hay and haul by product and haul grain all winter, and the winters are long.

The low input guys haul hay with a tractor with two or three tandem axel racks behind it. Works OK if you are somewhat close, and avoids overheating your pickup tranny.
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Re: Straight truck for cattle

Postby Chocolate Cow2 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:26 pm

That Pete is 39 years old. It was sitting on a lot with a bunch of junk cars. I finally got the guy to budge on it and made a quick dash to the bank as he would only take cash. My other half stayed with the truck because the seller couldn't be trusted to not sabotage the truck. I counted out hundred dollar bills on the hood of my pickup. Then we had to get batteries. The truck needed some mechanical TLC. But it had a new re-manufactured Cummins in it. When a new Ford or Dodge pickup is $50-70 thousand, my $6,000 Pete makes me happy.
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Re: Straight truck for cattle

Postby cfpinz » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:22 am

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:Image



Looks like the Flint Hills. Where was that picture taken?
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Re: Straight truck for cattle

Postby Chocolate Cow2 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:21 pm

West of Salina. About 170 miles northwest of the Flint Hills.
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Re: Straight truck for cattle

Postby cfpinz » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:45 am

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:West of Salina. About 170 miles northwest of the Flint Hills.


If my memory serves me correctly, there's a beautiful place along I-70 just West of Salina on the South side of the road with some red Gelbvieh looking cows. House sits on top of a hill about a mile from the road, with very little around it. Gorgeous place.
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Re: Straight truck for cattle

Postby hillbilly beef man » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:47 pm

There is a reason that straight trucks went out of favor. We had a 1980 F-350 351 4 speed 2wd with a 12 ft bed when I was growing up. On a couple of places we owned we had a wood or concrete ramp. Using a truck was not bad at those places. At the leased farms with no ramps we had to get creative. I have put down square bales for them to step up on, I have piled up dirt, I have even dug holes for the rear tires to drop into to get the truck low enough to load. I have even stacked up locust fence posts for a ramp. None of these tricks worked espically well.

With a trailer loading is a piece of cake anywhere regardless of facilities. The only advantage the truck had over a trailer was it did go better in mud, but that is what the tow hooks on the front of pickups are for.
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Re: Straight truck for cattle

Postby farmerjan » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:54 pm

We had a 1953 Dodge 2 ton truck with a floor starter that I used to haul all the pigs and calves in. Probably a 12 foot bed with racks.... Loved to drive that truck. But you had to have a loading ramp that you could back up to and with so many places that we rent, a trailer and portable corral panels makes it much easier to just set up a pen and get them in. See some of the old loading ramps at some of the pastures but mostly they have fallen into disrepair. Our closest stockyard has 2 trailer docks, one on the lower side and one on the upper side; but they only use one, partly due to the way they run cattle out of the ring and pen them and shortage of help. I remember when I first moved to Va 35 yrs ago, I was one of only 2 or 3 that used a horse trailer (mine was a 4 horse that had been converted to haul oxen) and only a very occasional farmer had a trailer. They had trucks that the sides would come off, or drop the top part of the racks down the side, so the truck could be used for other hauling jobs. There are still several with straight trucks that haul cattle from the bigger farms, and all the semis load out of the docks still.
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Re: Straight truck for cattle

Postby northcreek » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:47 pm

When I was a kid we would haul in the back of a 65 ford 1/2 ton truck if we just had a few to haul. If we had several we had a guy that would haul them in a larger truck with a wooden cage built. I feel like our cattle are a lot larger than they used to be too.
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