Richard Neary has a background steeped in agricultural heritage, hailing from a dairy and beef farm.
He comes from the Modeshill area of Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary, where his family run a dairy operation of 220 cows for milking. They farm roughly just over 400-acres, meaning it is not only dairy farming they participate in.
They also keep, at any one time, approximately 200 beef cattle, of all breeds. They keep mostly cull cows, which are mainly grazed. Any heifer calves born on the farm are contract reared. If that were not all, Richard’s father is also an agent for the local factory and has kept that position for over 35years now.
Richard Neary Livestock Ltd offer livestock haulage services for farmers in the local area. They haul cattle to and from factories, farms and marts. It may be hard to believe but the haulage operation was first set up by Richard’s father, Michael, over 35 years ago! Then Richard got the taste for a career in haulage and the rest, as they say, is history.
“We offer haulage services for farmers,”, Richard informed Kevin.
“If there are big numbers, we get Damian Mc Geogh of DMG haulage in…He supplies a great service,”, Richard added.
The team is made up of Richard and two other part-time drivers, John and Mark.
“John Cuddihy is with us since my dad started 35 years ago and Mark Hayden just started with us about 6 months ago”, Richard told Kevin of ThatsFarming.
Make: Scania 310 – 2008 (with 2017 body)
Details: 32Ft body
Quantity: Can fit on average 20 beef cattle, factory fit.
The team also use a land cruiser for any of the smaller loads they may have. It has a tri-axle trailer, making it perfect for the smaller jobs.
Why he loves haulage:
The Neary’s love what they do, as they simply love providing a good service. Richard says they are aware of the hardships facing farmers finishing cattle, with margins very tight, so they try to get the best deal they can for them.
“We love supplying a great service to farmers”, Richard said.
“We know it is a tough business finishing cattle, so we try to get them the best deal possible,”, he added.
Advice to others:
When asked what advice he would give those looking to dip their feet in the haulage game, Richard was full of helpful tips. He warned those interested, that the hours are long and lack routine, meaning your sole focus remains on the road.
He said starting off means a lot of driving has to be done by yourself, making the first year a tough outing. He also advised that sourcing good drivers is a challenge to any hauler in the industry, warning those looking to set up a business, to not have plans reliant on sourcing drivers.
“The hours are long, and lack routine, and because of this, drivers are very hard to get.”, Richard explained.
“For someone setting up, I think they need to do a lot of the driving themselves to start with,” , he added.
Richard admits the future is slightly uncertain at the moment. One thing he would like to revisit is maybe trying to obtain a milk collection contract, something he tried to do before.
“We tried a few years ago to obtain a milk collection, which would have meant purchasing an artic, but we didn’t get the job,”, he explained to Kevin.
“I would like to try that again though,”, he added.
As Richard is a new-ish entrant to dairy, having gotten into it in 2012, he hasn’t enough time to focus solely on the haulage side of things.
“I have expanded rapidly in dairying, I was a new entrant in 2011, so I might just not have a lot of time for haulage,” he admitted.
That though does not spell the end for Richard Neary Livestock ltd in the haulage game, as although his dairy enterprise is keeping him busy, nothing will keep Richard Neary off the open road, doing what he does best.