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Milk truck drivers
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Mshb    Posted 02-01-2005 at 16:25:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any Milk Truck drivers out there? Whats your thought of it as a carere? Is it eazy to get a job doing this in a dairy area? Whats pay like? Hours?

Mudcat49    Posted 02-02-2005 at 04:07:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Southeast Milk in Okeechobee Florida is hiring. They are just down the road from me.

dig    Posted 02-01-2005 at 18:29:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many years ago I had a brother in law that drove milk truck. He made enough to buy a couple of acres and a house. I think he lasted about 5 years doing it. You have to go out every day. Doesn't matter what the weather is. Doesn't matter that it's New Years and you were at a party until 5 am. Milk has to be picked up every day. If you're sick you have to have arranged for a relief driver.

I don't remember his hours, but I think it was oh-dark-thirty (as Fawteen is fond of saying) to late afternoon. Some days he'd make his run then have to take the semi from the transfer station in SW WI to Davenport, Iowa. He wouldn't get back until very late at night.

Bernie in MA    Posted 02-01-2005 at 18:01:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
My stepson started driving a couple months ago. He gets paid by the load, so if he has to wait to unload he doesn't get paid for that time. He's pretty much his own boss, but there are some farms that he has to arrive at by 5AM. When the weather's nasty it can be a real long day. He's the relief driver so his days off are very irregular. He likes to gab anyway, and with farmers especially, so he's a lot happier than when he was hauling truck tires.

Patria    Posted 02-01-2005 at 18:13:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very hard work under those weather conditions, but seems like he's happy.

Mshb    Posted 02-01-2005 at 16:26:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Colecting not home delivery.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 02-02-2005 at 08:40:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, they were ALL referring to Pick-up from the farms.
The reason for the pre-5 a.m. pickup has to do with milking schedulels. You can't pull milk while milk is still going in the tank. You have to do pick-up between milkings.

You don't seem real familiar with this...Sure you want to try it? You even have to smell cow manure...

Pitch    Posted 02-01-2005 at 20:38:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did it 30 years ago. Not something I would do again. Long hours miserable pay. Weather and road conditions don't matter, some places you gotta wonder if any thought at all went into when you see where you gotto get that tanker into sometimes. Best of all stopping on an icey road with a load with no baffles slamming into the bulkhead. ain't no such thing as an emergency maneuver. However if you need a job to get some driving exxperience it's a good start. If you can drive an unbaffled tanker you can operate most anything.

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