Carrying on the business
IT'S a seven-day working week work for Alan and Tanya Maloney of Maloney Livestock Carriers in Casino.
Often hitting the road before dawn and finishing after dark, the Maloneys are carrying on the business founded by Mr Maloney's father 34 years ago.
With two trucks on the road, Mr Maloney and his driver Paul Creighton attend sales at Lismore on Saturday and Casino on Friday as well as the weekly export sales in Lismore on Tuesdays and Casino on Wednesday.
Mr Maloney has seen it all in the industry and is the perfect position to talk about changes in the cattle business over the years.
"I started in the business when fuel was 85 cents a litre and now it's $1.52, which is a huge impost," Mr Maloney said.
Day to day he works with cattle producers who are at the mercy of market forces.
He often has to absorb rising costs to serve his loyal customers, many of whom have been with his business for 40 years.
"The industry has been up for the last five years but has been going down with lower money for cattle," he said.
"You have to be very flexible to be in this business and you have to deliver a good service."
One of the emerging factors Mr Maloney sees in the cattle industry is animal welfare.
"Animal welfare plays a big part in the transport of cattle all the way down the supply chain, including trading, loading and delivery," he said.
"Our driver Paul Creighton is an exceptional operator in that respect because he is so caring of the animals.
"It's in everyone's interest that has a duty of care for these animals to get them to market in the best possible condition.
"We check them prior to loading and if they are not fit we don't load them.
"Everyone in the cattle industry wants the best for the cattle; it's not in anyone's interest to have cattle injured."