All things Haulage: David Gilmore


On this week’s All things Haulage series, Kevin speaks to 26-year-old Suckler farmer and lorry driver, David Gilmore, from the Lake county of Cavan.

All things Haulage: David Gilmore

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On this week’s All things Haulage series, Kevin speaks to 26-year-old Suckler farmer and lorry driver, David Gilmore, from the Lake county of Cavan.

David Gilmore hails from a strong agricultural heritage in the Bailieborough region of County Cavan. It is here that he and his father run a Suckler cow enterprise, with just over 40 head on approximately 200-acres, 24 of which is in forestry at the moment. These consist entirely of continental crossbreeds, such as Belgian blues which were reared from buckets.

Not only does David hail from a strong agricultural background, but his career positions to date have always involved farming in some shape or form. On his curriculum vitae, you will see that David had previous employment, working for a substantial tillage outfit in the UK, over 8,000-acres.

“I was four years over in Essex working on a Tillage farm…That was four years ago”, David explained.

This had David driving lorries on a daily basis, though it is not where his haulage career truly began.

How it all began:

Whilst living at home, David recognised early that there was simply not enough work for both himself and his father on the family’s Suckler operation. This encouraged him to explore other avenues and possible employment, leading to him acquiring his haulage licences.

“I got the rigid licence at 24-years old and I am 26 now.”, he explained.

“Before I was out in England I was in America driving lorries. I did the corn trail or the harvest trail as it is called. It’s what got me into the haulage and then I came home and spent the summer working in Agri gear before I went off to Essex”, he added.

Following a summer spent working in Essex, David returned to Irish shores by Christmas of the same year, even helping clear snow from Dublin airport during the bad weather. He now works in his native Cavan, driving for McCartney Contractors. He now works full-time for McCartney Contracts, hauling both sand, chickens and chicken litter, five-days a week and every second Saturday. He now juggles his hectic haulage career, with farming at home and he couldn’t be happier. HE even somehow has the time to run his own hedge cutting enterprise, with duties shared between him and his father.

“He (my father) might do three days hedge cutting during the week and I might do the Saturday,”, David explained.

David was always machinery mad as a youngster, which first encouraged him to get into contracting, to whet his appetite. This appetite soon grew, and his passion soon continued onto trucks.

“If I could describe what McCartney Contractors do it would be, if it can fit in a trailer then we’ll bring it,”, David laughed.

Truck:

David’s rig of choice is the Volvo FH version 3, due in part to McCartney’s running with a full fleet of Volvo’s.

Truck: Volvo

Model: FH Version 3

Year: 2012

Drawing Capacity: Up to 46 tonnes.

Future:

The future is slightly uncertain at the moment, as David admits it is only a matter of time before he takes over the family farm at home, though when he is unsure as of yet.

“I don’t know, about the farm, I have two brothers as well,”, he said.

He says the dream would be to get his own truck on the road at some stage, though he is unsure as of yet, whether it is achievable in the short-term. He said he is fully aware of the extra work connected to owning one’s own truck and in turn, setting up your own business.

“I would love to have my own truck, no doubt about it, but I don’t know whether it is feasible. I was tempted about two weeks ago when I was out in England working, but it just doesn’t suit me to be in the UK full-time driving a lorry.”, David told ThatFarming’s Kevin.

“Especially with the farm at home. If I was able to have my own lorry and do 3-4 days a week in it and then farm at home, but you must be fulltime at one or the other. What I am at now, suits me very well,”, David stated.

With regards the Suckler farm at home, he said it is a “wait and see sort of job”. He hopes at some stage, he will be able to implement some changes, but he is not rushing his father out of the hot seat anytime soon.

“I have to decide am I going to continue driving or go into Suckling,”, said David.

Why he loves haulage:

David’s enthusiasm for both haulage and agriculture is abundant, in fact, as is his thirst for life.

“I am just driving and machinery mad. I love going out early and driving on a quiet road. I just love it to be fair”, he said.

“There are days where I wouldn’t care if I got paid to do it…I am just happy to be out and doing it. There are the bad days too where you don’t want to be out. But if I worked in a shop from 9-5, l wouldn’t know what to do for the rest of the day”, said David.

A true character and a man who loves not only his job but trives on a hard day’s work and challenges. It is hard to imagine anything fazing the Cavan man, but at only 26, it’s hard not to imagine him behind the wheel of a lorry.

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