JM Pastoral to move livestock with Fuso Fighter
Tamworth livestock hauler Mckyla Hull of JM Pastoral has hit the road in a new Fuso Fighter complete with a fresh stock crate.
Mrs Hull selected a quality livestock crate from JM Welding, a company she owns with husband John.
Despite her unique position, Mrs Hull waited for her build slot like other JM Welding customers but was thrilled with the result when it was ready to hit the road after six months. “No jumping the queue for me. I had to wait in line like everybody else,” she says. “But it was worth the wait and it was so nice when it was finished,” she adds.
Mrs Hull loves truck driving, which probably should not come as a surprise. Her father Darren drove a livestock truck and Mrs Hull and her brother spent a lot of time washing it, as well as going for the occasional ride-along. Now, her ‘mostly-retired’ father comes along sometimes and shares driving duties with Mrs Hull to make sure she doesn’t run out of hours on her logbook.
“Dad loves that I ended up driving a livestock truck,” Mrs Hull says.
Given the livestock industry has been so traditionally male-dominated, it is no small achievement. Mrs Hull and her husband buy and sell cattle, which accounts for some of her cargo, but most of the work for the JM Pastoral transport arm is moving cows, sheep and goats for others all over New South Wales.
Her old Fuso Fighter served Mrs Hull well, but it had recently notched up 800,000km and was ready to leave the road and take on a new role as a farm truck. “It was a great truck that never let me down and it also went like a scolded cat which was nice. We didn’t have to touch the engine or gearbox or even change a clutch, but given its mileage I didn’t want to take the chance that it would give up out in some really remote location,” she explains.
Mrs Hull didn’t hesitate to head into JT Fossey in Tamworth to buy a new Fuso Fighter. Partly because she knew how reliable the Fighter is, but also because her family has known salesman, John Saint, for decades. “John is such a great guy and we have always had fantastic service from the guys at JT Fossey, they are always keen to help,” she says.
Mrs Hull chose a 1627 Fighter, which gets along using a 270hp/784Nm 7.5-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel linked up to a nine-speed manual. Mrs Hull wants her gear as simple as possible so that if ever anything does go wrong, it can be fixed anywhere at any time.
The Fighter also comes with a manufacturer warranty that covers the truck for five years or 350,000km, whichever comes first.
The Fighter was fitted with a JM Welding 24-foot single deck anti-bruise stock crate that features in-floor drainage, a drop ramp and a rear-slide gate. It can carry around 80 to 100 sheep, 35 smaller cows (weighing approximately 200kg) or 18 large cows and Mrs Hull covers a lot of ground moving stock to all corners of the state. “One of the best things about my job is travelling to all these wonderful places. I just love it,” she says.