A relatively new LBRCA member and a young livestock and rural transporter, Adam Manwaring recommends that other new drivers “just get in and have a go – Learn from older drivers.”
Adam started out driving trucks with Ross Smith from Wagga when he was 19. He had a rigid license and grew up on a farm – so he had a background with livestock.
For Adam, a typical day on the job involves the Wagga sales on Sundays and Wednesdays, with farm to farm, abattoir runs and truck maintenance in between.
What does Adam see as the best thing about livestock transport?
“Every day is different. Every load and every place is different. I like meeting and dealing with farmers and I enjoy keeping my clients happy.” “It’s an amazing community. You can pull up anywhere and drivers will help you. Starting out, I got help from the Dawson’s in Wagga and the Warner’s in West Wyalong.”
Best truck stop: “You get a decent feed at Jerilderie BP (Albury).”
The LBRCA has taken a big focus on the Livestock Loading Scheme this year and aims to increase council sign up to support the scheme. As a smaller operator, Adam isn’t directly affected by the scheme, but sees the importance of it.
“Personally, I’ve got a small truck so it doesn’t affect me. But overall it has helped others – It means that the larger vehicles have a bit of lee way. A bit of wet weather can make the difference between legal and not.”
Like many livestock operators, Adam’s biggest frustration is around stock preparation. “Getting clients to understand and commit to curfewing animals. You start the day with a clean truck and the abattoirs/saleyards wonder why the animals are dirty on arrival. “
The worst road Adam drives on is “probably the 4.6m bi-pass from Wagga to Cootamundra”.
Adam is concerned about safety and protecting drivers when onsite at facilities. “I’d like to see yard standards and ramps improved across the board to make it safer to load and unload. We’ve now got some guidelines to improve facilities – we just have to get the message out there and keep asking people to improve them.”
When asked about advice he would give other drivers, Adam says, “for new drivers – just get in and have a go. Learn from older drivers.”
“For other drivers – the LBRCA is there to give support and advice. It helps me to keep up with what’s going on elsewhere in the industry. It’s good that someone else can keep on top of the politics and technical stuff – it makes my job easier. My fiancé and I went to the LBRCA Conference in Jindabyne – we had a great time. Being new it was good to meet other people you might only talk to on the phone.”