If you need to transport livestock but don't have the time or resources available to do it yourself, uShip is an excellent resource. We’ll help you find out how to ship livestock, help you get shipping rates from livestock transporters, and give you some tips along the way. Whether you're bringing your cattle to market, have already sold your livestock or need assistance transporting your animals to a show, uShip can help you find livestock shipping services quickly and within your budget. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help.
Thousands of independent transporters with specialized experience in livestock transport are on the uShip marketplace, waiting to bid on your shipment. Create your shipment listing with details of your livestock and the needs for transport. Shippers who specialize in livestock transport will then give you shipping rates as they bid for your business. You’re able to talk to the transporters directly and review their profile to make sure you’re using the best livestock transportation service.
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There are a few things you need to keep in mind when creating a livestock transport listing through uShip; be sure to detail the exact number, size and weight of your animals so that transporters can give you an accurate quote and determine if their trailers meet your needs. You’ll also need to indicate any special accommodations your animals will need during the journey. Such as a separate stall or regularly scheduled stops.
Once you have completed your shipment listing, transporters who specialize in moving livestock will send you rates. The rates will come in as bids to win your shipment, so you know you’re getting the best livestock shipping rates around. As the bids come in, ask the transporters questions about their services, and talk to them directly. This will give you a good idea of who they are. We also suggest reviewing their carrier profile.
Every livestock shipping company on uShip has their own carrier profile with their safety records, transport history and customer rated feedback all in one place. Check out these profiles to see what kinds of livestock they have shipped in the past and what their previous customers had to say about their shipping experience. Many transporters add photos of their trailers, so you know what your livestock will be transported in. By talking to the transporters and investigating their profiles, you can feel confident in choosing the best livestock transport company for your needs.
After you have chosen your transportation company, contact them directly with any concerns, questions, or additional details regarding your livestock transport. Work with them to nail down pick up and delivery details, and give them any additional contact information for third parties involved. At pick up, we suggest inspecting the trailer. Trailers will need to be clean, free of jagged edges and ideally have grooves in the floor for improved traction. Have payment ready at the agreed upon time, and please let us know if you have any trouble communicating with your service provider.
The cost to transport livestock is dependent on a few factors, including: distance, time, price of gas, and the size of the shipment. On average, livestock transport costs $1.35 per mile for shorter distances and $0.86 per mile for longer distances. Take a look at our cost to transport livestock page to get an up-close look at the livestock transport process before you begin your listing. There, you’ll see previous livestock shipments completed through the uShip marketplace, and get a better idea of how we work.