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The Pivotal Role of Specialized Equipment in Poultry Transportation

May 13, 2024

The Pivotal Role of Specialized Equipment in Poultry Transportation

Explore Lew Thompson & Son's specialized poultry transportation solutions.

Explore Lew Thompson & Son's specialized poultry transportation solutions.

In the complex world of logistics and transportation, the movement of poultry and related products poses unique challenges that demand specialized solutions. At Lew Thompson & Son Trucking, a Covenant Logistics Group company, we understand that the key to ensuring the safe, efficient, and humane transportation of poultry lies in utilizing a fleet of specialized equipment designed specifically for this purpose. Lew Thompson stands distinctly ahead in this arena, offering a robust suite of specialized equipment designed explicitly for poultry transportation. Our dedication to maintaining a top-notch fleet underscores our position as a trusted and reliable partner in the poultry logistics industry. 

Availability and Access to Specialized Equipment for Comprehensive Poultry Transport Solutions

Our commitment to top-tier logistics solutions for poultry transport is evidenced through our continuous investment in an extensive fleet that includes the latest models of Peterbilts, equipped with advanced features to ensure the safe, efficient, and humane transport of poultry.

As it stands today, we have over 400 late-model Peterbilt tractors, over 500 specialized trailers, and we are adding to that total every month.

  • Live-Haul Trailers: Engineered for the transportation of live birds, these trailers are equipped with ventilation systems that ensure a stable and comfortable environment, reducing stress on the animals during transit.
Lew Thompson & Son Live Haul Trailers
  • Feed Trailers: These are crucial for delivering feed to poultry farms, featuring mechanisms that allow for precise unloading, ensuring that the essential nutrition reaches our feathered cargo efficiently.
Lew Thompson & Son Feed Trailer
  • Walking-Floor Trailers for Bedding: Essential for transporting bedding materials, these trailers facilitate easy loading and unloading, promoting cleanliness and comfort for the poultry at the farms.
  • Smithway Egg Transportation Trailers: This innovative trailer type is at the forefront of industry standards, utilizing advanced technology and engineering to ensure that eggs, one of the most fragile commodities in the food supply chain, are transported under optimal conditions to minimize damage and preserve their quality from farm to distributor.
  • Reefer Trailers for Cold Goods Transport: To maintain the freshness and quality of perishable poultry goods, our reefer trailers offer temperature-controlled environments that are critical for food safety.
Lew Thompson & Son Reefer Trailer
  • Dry Vans: Used for transporting packaged poultry products, these vans provide a secure and dry environment, safeguarding the goods until they reach their destination.

These specialized vehicles are not just tools; they are a testament to Lew Thompson’s commitment to excellence, and they are sometimes hard to come by. That’s why it’s important to choose a transportation partner with the right equipment on hand, and access to more when you need it. 

Advantages of Specialized Poultry Transportation

The use of specialized equipment for poultry transportation offers numerous benefits over traditional hauling methods:

  • Humane Treatment: Our live-haul trailers are designed to minimize stress and discomfort for the animals, ensuring their well-being throughout the journey.
  • Reduced Mortality Rates: By providing an optimal travel environment, we significantly lower the risk of mortality among the transported poultry.
  • Preservation of Quality: Our reefer trailers play a vital role in maintaining the cold chain for perishable goods, ensuring that poultry products reach consumers in the best possible condition.
  • Environmental Efficiency: Lew Thompson is committed to eco-friendly practices. Our modern fleet is designed for maximum fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, reflecting our dedication to sustainability. 

Lew Thompson has leveraged its specialized fleet to deliver exceptional service to our clients for over 40 years. For instance, our live-haul trailers have been instrumental in supporting large-scale poultry farms by ensuring the timely and stress-free delivery of thousands of birds. Similarly, our reefer trailers have facilitated the seamless transport of chilled poultry products across the United States, preserving their freshness and quality from farm to table. 


At Lew Thompson, our specialized equipment is more than just the means to transport poultry; it's the backbone of our promise to provide best-in-class service to our clients every day. By investing in a fleet that caters specifically to the nuances of poultry transportation, we not only ensure the safe and humane handling of our cargo but also uphold our commitment to quality, reliability, and environmental stewardship. Contact us today to learn how our innovative logistics solutions can support your business needs.

Lew Thompson & Son Trucking, a Covenant Logistics Group company, is your partner in reliable and efficient poultry logistics solutions.