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The Intricate Process of Poultry Transportation: Lew Thompson and Son Trucking at the Helm

April 4, 2024

The Intricate Process of Poultry Transportation: Lew Thompson and Son Trucking at the Helm

Dive into the intricate world of poultry logistics with Lew Thompson—expertise, reliability, and commitment.

Dive into the intricate world of poultry logistics with Lew Thompson—expertise, reliability, and commitment.

Understanding the Poultry Lifecycle

With almost 40 years of experience, Lew Thompson and Son Trucking has provided reliable services to the poultry industry. We meet the USDA and FSIS service standards required, including making sure we have the right equipment, that each load is completed on time, always ensuring that we are a true partner.

Protecting Future Generations: Transporting Eggs

The transportation of eggs is a delicate operation. It requires precision, careful handling, and perfect timing to maintain the viability of the eggs. Lew Thompson excels in this intricate task, ensuring the safe journey of these fragile cargoes. With our specialized Smithway temperature-controlled trailers, we carefully control the temperature and humidity to ensure the eggs reach their destination in optimal condition, in addition to thorough quality checks ensuring all pallets are locked and braced properly.

Providing Comfortable Roosting: Transporting Bedding

Using walking floor, self-unloading trailers, we transport bedding to hatcheries to provide the hens with a suitable roosting place with dry vans. This not only ensures a comfortable environment but also plays a pivotal role in the birds' overall health and productivity. With our fleet of specialized trucks, trailers, and skilled drivers, we can ensure that the bedding materials are transported efficiently, safely, and on time.

Fragile Cargo Onboard: Moving the Baby Birds

Once the day-old birds are ready to leave the hatchery, we use specialized Smithway trailers to ensure that they stay the optimal temperature,and the correct level of humidity is maintained on the way to the farm. In the off chance that a malfunction occurs during transport, the trailers are equipped with generators that will kick on automatically to ensure the birds get there healthy and happy!

Feeding the Flock: Delivering Nutritious Feed

All birds need a balanced diet for healthy growth and top-quality egg production. A crucial part of poultry logistics involves delivering the right blend of feed promptly to hatcheries and farms. At Lew Thompson, our skilled teams make the timely feed delivery to the chickens a top priority.

From Farms to Factories: Live-Hauling Mature Chickens

One of the final stages involves transporting mature chickens to processing plants. This process needs to be efficient and timely to minimize stress on the birds, which is why having the right equipment on hand and buying power if needed is so crucial. Lew Thompson, known for their exceptional reliability and dedication, goes above and beyond to provide a seamless and stress-free journey for the birds, ensuring every feathered friend arrives at their destination comfortably and on time.

Ensuring Product Integrity from Start to Finish

Completing the loop of poultry transportation, Lew Thompson extends its expertise to the delivery of processed poultry products from plants to their final destinations, including grocery stores and distribution centers.This stage, critical for maintaining product integrity, demands precise temperature management and timely delivery to ensure the freshness and safety of the poultry products. Leveraging decades of experience, Lew Thompson deploys their advanced fleet of specialized reefers, ensuring that every package, whether it's destined for a local grocery shelf or a national distribution center, is delivered under optimal conditions. The right experience in handling these delicate stages is not just beneficial but essential, as it directly impacts the quality of the product that reaches the consumers.


Commitment to Safety in Poultry Transportation

Safety is paramount in the transportation of poultry, and at Lew Thompson, it is ingrained in every aspect of our operation. Leveraging years of experience and deep industry knowledge, we have developed and refined comprehensive safety protocols that are strictly followed to safeguard the well-being of the poultry throughout their journey.

Advanced Fleet Equipped for Safe Transport

Our specialized fleet is equipped with features designed to ensure the safety and comfort of poultry during transport like automated temperature and humidity control, backup generators for emergencies, specialized feed trailers, and more. We currently have over 500 pieces of specialized equipment operating, and the vehicles are routinely inspected and maintained to the highest standards, minimizing the risk of mechanical failures that could jeopardize the safety of the cargo.

Expertly Trained Personnel

At Lew Thompson, we understand that the human element plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety of poultry transport. Our drivers and logistics personnel undergo a rigorous two-week agricultural training program in animal welfare, safety protocols, and equipment handling ensuring they are well-versed in handling poultry with care and precision.

Compliance with Regulations and Standards

At Lew Thompson, we put safety and welfare first, bolstered by decades of experience and a profound knowledge of the intricacies involved in poultry logistics. Our comprehensive blend of  technology, expert personnel, and stringent safety measures ensure that we are perfectly positioned to handle your poultry transportation needs, providing a seamless and stress-free experience from start to finish.

Adhering to national and international regulations and standards is a non-negotiable aspect of our operation. We stay abreast of the latest guidelines in animal transport and welfare, ensuring that our practices not only meet but exceed the required standards. This commitment to compliance ensures that we remain at the forefront of industry best practices, offering our clients peace of mind that their poultry is in safe and knowledgeable hands.


The Vital Role of Experienced Truckers

Transporting poultry is a time-sensitive and crucial operation. Having an experienced and reliable transportation partner like Lew Thompson is essential to the successful transportation of poultry. The expertise, dedication, and understanding of the process contributes significantly to maintaining the birds' wellbeing throughout the journey.

As you can see, Lew Thompson plays a pivotal role in the end-to-end transportation of poultry. From transporting bedding to providing feed, handling eggs, and transporting mature chickens, their involvement ensures the successful and safe transportation of poultry. Their expertise, experience, and reliability position them as trusted partners in the poultry sector logistics industry.

Their commitment to excellence and unwavering focus on value-driven service underlines the importance of experienced and reliable logistics partners in the complex operation of poultry transportation. Trust Lew Thompson and Son Trucking to handle your poultry transportation needs with professionalism, precision, and care.