What is that?
Ever see a rather large truck and wondered, what is that? Well, IPPA is here to unravel the mystery of these large trucks. Photos courtesy of DeKalb County Farm Bureau.
LIVESTOCK TRAILER WITH MULTI-LEVELS
Large livestock trailers are well-suited for transporting large loads of hogs to the farm or to market. This multi-level trailer is sometimes called a pot-belly or double-decker trailer allowing for multiple levels of livestock. It may hold as many as 180 market hogs. The side skins of the aluminum trailer feature hole punches and slots for ventilation and animal comfort.
Manure tankers haul liquid manure to crop fields and inject the manure into the soil through a tillage attachment that places the nutrients at the best level for crop uptake. Liquid flows at a constant controlled rate from the tank to the injector so that the nutrients match the next crop’s needs for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Flotation tires on the tanker minimize soil compaction. Tanker sizes range from 3,000 to over 12,000 gallons, and the larger sizes have steerable axles.
GOOSENECK LIVESTOCK TRAILER
Pickup trucks typically pull gooseneck or bumper-hitch livestock trailers to haul pigs. In most cases, piglets are transported from birthing centers to finishing barns in stock trailers. These aluminum trailers are ventilated at the top for air movement. Some gooseneck trailers have double decks and can haul about 600 piglets.
GRAIN TRAILER WITH HOPPER BOTTOM
The most popular grain trailer has a hopper bottom, located underneath the trailer and used for unloading grain. During harvest, grain is loaded into the trailer when it’s full the truck hauls the grain to the farm or elevator. There, the hopper bottom is opened and releases grain into a pit, which is then moved into bins for storage. The semi-truck and trailer weighs about 80,000 pounds when it’s filled with grain.