Steve’s Livestock Transport is honored with a 2016 Pork Industry Award at the Manitoba Pork AGM

Steve’s Livestock Transport Ltd.

Pork Industry Award 2016: Presented in recognition of continuous pursuit and exceptional implementation of cutting-edge technologies to ensure the highest standard of animal care and biosecurity in Manitoba’s livestock transport industry.

Steve’s Livestock Transport is being honoured this evening because this company never stops raising the bar for humane animal handling, safe transport and on-time delivery in the North American livestock transportation industry. Simply put, this company has dedicated itself to creating value for their customers and ensuring the success of the livestock industry.

In the years since Steve’s Livestock Transport began in 1987, the company has expanded to become the largest commercial livestock transportation fleet in North America. Their locations in Manitoba and Alberta also host their commercial washing and large equipment repair service facilities.

Steve’s has been a key industry partner over the last several years in reducing the risk of spreading viruses, in particular PEDv. Steve’s has developed and maintained strict disease risk management protocols to provide safe and humane transport of livestock in a bio-secure environment. Without access to Steve’s, our industry likely would have been devastated by these nasty bugs.

Steve’s continually pursues innovative methods to improve livestock transport, investing millions of dollars into new technology and renovations at their facilities, including the introduction of undercarriage washing and industrial-strength baking bays for livestock trailers. The company has developed a water loading trailer and a system that mists animals with water on hot days while also pushing hot air out of the trailer. As well, in conjunction with Wilson Trailer Company of Sioux City, Iowa, Steve’s has developed and is testing a hydraulic lift deck livestock trailer designed to reduce animal stress and lessen the risk of injury during loading and transporting, which ultimately improves meat quality. In fact, this ground-breaking trailer won Steve’s Livestock Transportation the 2016 Aherne Prize for Innovation at the Banff Pork Seminar in January.

Manitoba pork producers pride themselves on providing humane and respectful treatment of the animals in their care, resulting in a high-quality, environmentally sustainable food supply. We simply could not achieve this goal without an industry partner like Steve’s Livestock Transport. Please join me in thanking and congratulating Steve Brandt, who is accepting this award on behalf of the company.

 

Presented to Steve’s Livestock Transport Ltd. by Mike Teillet, Manager of Sustainable Development, at the Manitoba Pork Annual Banquet, April 13, 2016

 

 

 

 

Steve’s Livestock Transport Acquires Free Eagle Driver Education

As an organization, Steve’s Livestock Transport group of companies is always looking for opportunities to grow and expand our business units. We are excited to announce that we have purchased Free Eagle Driver Education Ltd effective today with the intent of them joining our school, United Transportation Driver Training (UTDT) and operating as one entity! We look forward to continuing to support the transportation industry by providing exceptional Class 1 training to those wanting to enter the industry or to enhance their skills

Steve’s Livestock Transport wins prize for innovative trailer design.

We are excited to have received one of two Aherne Innovator Prize awards at the 2016 Banff Pork Seminar! See the article at Meristem Land & Science by clicking here.

Keeping it clean

BLUMENORT, Man. – Steve Brandt started off with a single truck nearly 30 years ago and since then has built the business to the point where he claims on his Web site that his company has become “the largest commercial livestock carrier in North America,” moving some 2,500 heads of cattle and 150,000 pigs each week.

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Steve’s Livestock Transport Partners with Wilson Trailer Company to Invent “Game Changing” Hydraulic Lift Deck

STEVE’S LIVESTOCK TRANSPORT PARTNERS WITH WILSON TRAILER COMPANY TO INVENT “GAME CHANGING” HYDRAULIC LIFT DECK

Revolutionary system will reduce animal stress and lessen risk of injury during loading and transporting

Blumenort, Manitoba – Steve’s Livestock Transport has collaborated with Wilson Trailer Company of Sioux City, Iowa to develop an all-aluminum hydraulic lift deck system designed to reduce animal fatigue, stress and injury while moving livestock.

“We consider this to be a game changer for our industry. As livestock will no longer need to use a ramp when entering or exiting a trailer, it will reduce stress on the animals and contribute to improved meat quality,” says Steve Brandt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Steve’s Livestock Transport. “Because animal handling is a top priority for us, we knew we had to find a better solution to ensure the health and safety of the herds and we believe this hydraulic lift system is the future of moving livestock.”

Debuting this week at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, the system has been in development for two years. Essentially working as an elevator, the powerful hydraulic lift cylinder and stainless steel cabling system raises two full-length decks into their locked positions and produces up to three floors of continuous load space. The deck settings can handle three layers of hogs, two layers of sows or one layer of cattle.

In addition, the North American-built trailer features superior ventilation and is equipped with heavy-duty gates with full-width hinges to contain and keep loads separated. It is easier to wash out and because steps have been taken to eliminate areas where contamination can occur, it is more bio-secure.

Brandt points out that the new system is also of great benefit to drivers, especially considering the aging population within the trucking industry.

“Loading and unloading livestock trailers is physically demanding work. This new trailer design will make the job easier and less taxing on the body, enabling drivers to truck longer and hopefully, attracting a wider range of drivers to join the industry,” Brandt says, adding that his company will be putting the prototype to the test over the coming months, making any necessary design adjustments to the system before Wilson is expected to begin full production.

Steve’s is committed to driving change in the industry by pursuing innovation. Most recently, the company invested to expand and improve biosecurity measures at its truck washing facilities. This included introducing undercarriage washing and Canada’s first industrial-strength baking bays for livestock trailers. Capable of reaching and holding temperatures at 71°C (160°F), the baking bays effectively kill such bio-hazards as parasites and diseases, the final step in extensive sanitation protocol for transport.

Since 1987, Steve’s Livestock Transport (www.slt.ca) has grown into the largest commercial livestock carrier in North America. We are a leader in the transportation industry, transporting more than 2,500 head of cattle and 150,000 pigs throughout Canada and the United States every week. Our group of companies includes Blue Water Wash, Bison View Trailers, Dawson Road Transfer and United Transportation Driver Training.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Candace Bartel, Vice-President of Operations

Steve’s Livestock Transport

candace.bartel@slt.ca or 204-326-6380

SLT’s Delmer Thiessen wins MTA Excellence Award

We are very pleased to announce that Delmer Thiessen, a driver with Steve’s Livestock, has been chosen for the Manitoba Trucking Association and Custom Truck Sales Inc/Kenworth Truck Company Industry Excellence Award! This annual award recognizes drivers who epitomize excellence in the trucking industry. These drivers have demonstrated a commitment to the trucking industry, safety, customer service and professionalism. Delmer will receive his award at this year’s Truck Driving Championship Dinner and Awards Banquet in June.

Government Invests in Innovative Project to Support Biosecurity

Blumenort – A Manitoba company will receive $825,000 to expand and redevelop its truck washing facilities to improve biosecurity in the agricultural sector, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn and Member of Parliament Ted Falk, on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today.

“Biosecurity is critical to the long-term health of the livestock industry, and these facilities will be the first of their kind in North America,” said Minister Kostyshyn. “This investment supports a Manitoba company making innovative changes that will benefit the provincial economy and the agricultural sector over the long term.”

The funding will allow Blue Water Wash to upgrade both its Blumenort and Brandon facilities. Blumenort will add five state-of-the-art drive-through washing bays, a baking bay and an undercarriage washing system and Brandon will add a baking bay. These upgrades are expected to create 20 new jobs and respond to a growing demand for these specialized services.

“Canadian livestock producers work hard to provide high-quality products for consumers, while at the same time maintaining the highest standards in food safety, animal care and environmental protection,” said MP Falk. “Vigilance in biosecurity is key to reducing the spread of harmful diseases that can negatively impact the Canadian agricultural sector.”

The wash bays ensure even the most hard-to-reach areas of trucks can be washed and sanitized in an environment that is safe for employees. The baking bay can reach temperatures of 71ºC (160ºF) to sanitize vehicles, trailers and other equipment, which is the final step in an extensive sanitization protocol for transport.

“Our company is committed to being a leader in biosecurity, and the Growing Forward 2 program allows us to implement changes we wouldn’t be able to implement ourselves,” said Rick Peters, spokesperson for Blue Water Wash. “Our new facilities will help us stay competitive in the global market and promote responsible practices in livestock transportation.”

Blue Water Wash is an affiliated company of Steve’s Livestock Transport Ltd. Prior to the expansion, the facility in Blumenort featured four washbays and two dry bays, which has helped reduce the risk of spreading viruses, bacteria, weed seeds and fungi. The company washes livestock trailers for more than 430 farm sites every week in its Blumenort and Brandon facilities and has seen demand for these services increase by 40 per cent annually. For more information about the company, visit www.bluewaterwash.ca.

Government funding is sourced from Growing Forward 2’s Growing Value program, which provides financial assistance to existing agri-businesses to adapt to market forces and environmental considerations, and to increase competitiveness in domestic and international markets.

The federal and provincial governments are investing $176 million in Manitoba under Growing Forward 2, a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial policy framework to advance the agriculture industry, helping producers and processors become more innovative and competitive in world markets.

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New AB Blue Water Wash Location Opening Soon

Blue Water Wash Red Deer location is currently under construction and set to open Spring 2015!  This new shop offers 6 wash bays in a convenient location in the Queens Business Park, 7968-75th Avenue Red Deer.

Blue Water Wash