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How can i hire a commercial hauler to bring me hay from a grower that cant ship?

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  • How can i hire a commercial hauler to bring me hay from a grower that cant ship?

    Has anyone done this? How did you find someone? My dad was a trucker and brought me hay from ohio to va a few times a year, but he passed away last year. Now I have a cheap source and no way to get it to me. I do have my own 53' semi trailer. Ideas??
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    My father-n-law is a private hauler, but with fuels prices being as awful as they are, he would most likely want a load of some sort going out to pick up, load to you, and a load from your area back to home, basically no empty trailer trips. He is based out of Delaware. PM me if you want me to look into it further with him, or pass along your number.

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    • #3
      Craigslist. Seriously, post an ad that you are looking for someone to deliver hay. Post it locally and in Ohio. You might find it much cheaper than using a shipping service, because people need jobs/money.

      If you supply the truck and pay the gas, you might only have to pay an hourly fee or job fee on top of it. Don't know how insurance works, though.
      "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."

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      • #4
        You might give uship.com a try -- you can post what you want hauled and get bids to do it. Also ask around if there are any big barns or feed stores around and they might have someone to recommend. And craigslist, as suggested above.

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        • #5
          I'll second uship.com - I've used it to ship a horse and a 30' sailboat and both trips went really well.
          www.kentuckysidesaddle.com

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          • #6
            USHIP? LOL Your lucky you got your horse AND your boat!!!

            Google the following

            Uship scams
            Uship Theft
            Uship illegal haulers

            There are THOUSANDS of listings from people that have been ripped off

            EVERY DAY horses disappear from that site.

            Uship is a NEUTRAL VENUE....This means that when something goes wrong you are on your own...They do NOTHING to help or assist.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HoofaSchmigetty View Post
              USHIP? LOL Your lucky you got your horse AND your boat!!!

              Google the following

              Uship scams
              Uship Theft
              Uship illegal haulers

              There are THOUSANDS of listings from people that have been ripped off

              EVERY DAY horses disappear from that site.

              Uship is a NEUTRAL VENUE....This means that when something goes wrong you are on your own...They do NOTHING to help or assist.
              Like any sort of listing service, uship can be abused. Just because craigslist is used for lots of scams doesn't mean that every ad on there is a scam. Similarly, ebay is used for many transactions that are legit, but a few scams do pass through there and you have to be smart about dealing on it as well.

              When I used uship, I was able to check out the providers that contacted me -- I didn't just pick the lowest price but checked references, etc. Like anything, a bit of care and caution is advised, but I don't think you should condemn everyone on uship just because there have been problems with some.

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              • #8
                I also had a great experience with Uship having two carriages shipped. The key to it and to Ebay is to check the references of the shippers/sellers.

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                  Originally posted by mpsbarnmanager View Post
                  Has anyone done this? How did you find someone? My dad was a trucker and brought me hay from ohio to va a few times a year, but he passed away last year. Now I have a cheap source and no way to get it to me. I do have my own 53' semi trailer. Ideas??
                  uship.com

                  but um...nobody is gonna wanna pull your trailer for you

                  Tamara
                  Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                  I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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