To Martin Conroy, a career in haulage is simply living the dream. He operates from near to Gorey in his native Wexford.
Martin and the Conroy’s come from a strong agricultural heritage, with Martin and his brother being fourth generation farmers, if not more! His brother still farms the home farm to this day, with beef, Sucklers and a flock of sheep, all cross-breeds.
“I was reared on a farm…a mixed farm, with tillage, beef, Sucklers and sheep.”, he said.
They also have their own tillage lands, which is all farmed by his brother at the moment. Here he farms approximately 180-acres.
“He is carrying on the same sort of farming (which the family always were),”, Martin explained.
“We’re definitely fourth or even fifth generation farmers,”, he laughed.
How it all began:
Martin set up Martin Conroy haulage himself back in 1995, which means they celebrate their 23rd year of business this year. He says, while other lads were interested in sports and other past times, Martin’s interest was firmly on trucks, machinery and farming.
“I was interested in lorries and diggers and that,” he joked.
“It was always something I wanted to do,” he added.
He was aged 31 or 32 when he first got into haulage in his own right, having previously worked driving for a haulier. It wasn’t until then that Martin took the chance on himself and needless to say it has been all uphill from there.
Martin’s team consists of himself and one other full-time driver on the road. They also have sporadic drivers, which are called in when work is overloaded. Martin tends to hire out another truck in these incidents, to help meet demand. He acknowledged the full-time driver he has at the moment, although young, is a top driver and says he could not manage without him.
“We are only small, it is just myself and another lad fulltime, It’s a five to six-day week. We hire people in and hire lorries whenever we need them,”, said Martin.
“I have a very good man there with me, he is only young, but we are very lucky here in the south-east we can source good straw and hay,” he adds.
The team offer a range of haulage services, from Lime haulage for the council to hay, straw, silage and fodder beet haulage. Martin informed t
ThatsFarming that he would not have gotten into a career in haulage, had it not been connected to agriculture in some shape or form.
“We draw a lot of straw…We are also at the building side of things as well as the farming,” he added.
Martin Conroy haulage transport produces not only in Leinster but all across the country. The team haul bales of any type or size, such as 4x4 round bales, 8x4x3 and 8x4x4 square bales.
On any given normal day, there are two trucks on the road full-time. The first of which is a Mercedes
“I’m driving a Hino and I have a 2017 Mercedes Actros 530,”, Martin informed Kevin.
Make: Mercedes Actros
Horse Power: 530
Drawing capacity: 46 tonnes.
The Hino 8x4 meanwhile, has 410- bhp, whilst it can legally draw up to 21 tonnes of hay or 32 tonnes overall.
With regards to future plans, Martin is quite content where things are at the moment. He says the plan for 2018 is to continue on their upward trajectory, whilst only upgrading and spending on the fleet, when necessary. He did add that they will be looking to get new trailers over the next 12 months.
"We have no plans to upgrade, we are happy as we are. We can always hire people and trucks when we are busy and I like doing it that way," said Martin.
"If we are upgrading, the only thing we may upgrade is one of the diggers. The lorry we have is only one year old. I have to get a new bale trailer...but that would be about it,", he explained to ThatsFarming's Kevin.
Martin has two daughters, with neither looking to get into haulage, not that Martin minds, as he aims to be driving as long as he possibly can.
"I want to keep going as long as I can,", John joked.
Why he loves what he does:
To some the long hours can be hard, to others sourcing drivers is a pain, but to Martin, he enjoys every single aspect of his job. There was not one thing he could list as a downfall and says he just loves being out on the road and meeting new people.
“I just love it, I wouldn’t like to do anything else,” Martin explained.
He also loves continually having an involvement in agriculture, whether that’s dealing with farmers or delivering to farmers.
“I love meeting new people and wheeling and dealing with people. I wouldn’t change anything, nor would I want to change anything,”, Martin stated.
As well as being an avid truck fanatic, Martin simply enjoys every aspect of the job. His desire to continue his haulage empire is abundant and his passion for the job is more than evident upon speaking to him. To some haulage is a career, to Martin, it is his passion.
Martin also lists the comradery between fellow hauliers as another positive to his career choice and says it is a vital part of the parcel.
“The type of haulage we are at, we are not gone far from farming, we are still very in touch with farmers. We actually also draw a lot of lime for farmers for Roadstone,” said Martin.
“I probably wouldn’t be as into haulage, if I wasn’t involved in the agricultural end of it,” he added.
He also thoroughly enjoys seeing as much of his beloved Ireland as possible.
When asked what advice he would give to his former self or those looking to get into a career in haulage, Martin kept his advice simple and to the point.
"I would tell them to not be afraid to take the chance, don't be regretting if it crosses your mind then do it,", he advised.
"the easiest thing in the world is doing nothing, anybody can do that. Take the chance on yourself and don't have any regrets...Try it anyway and have no regrets." he continued.
Martin's love for the haulage game is as clear as day and his passion for what he does, infectious. Not only is he a keen farming enthusiast, but he also enjoys the odd truck. It is not often one gets to talk to someone with such energy for what they do on a daily basis, though with Martin this is what you have. He may only be in business just over 22 years, but Martin will be going for at least another 22 years, or twice that if he is allowed!
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