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“THERE ARE A LOT OF BIG TRUCKING COMPANIES IN THE WORLD. I DON’T THINK


COMPANIES IN THE WORLD.”


THERE’S A LOT OF BIG LIVESTOCK TRUCKING


BY STEVE BRAWNER Contributing Writer


Growing up, Mike Maloley worked in the


meat department at his father’s grocery store. Now, he’s working a little earlier in the supply chain. Maloley is the owner of MRK, Inc., a


Lexington-based livestock and feed hauler and truck wash operator. Te carrier’s trucks haul cattle and other livestock, mostly to a local Tyson Foods plant in Lexington, as well as distillers grains and liquid feed syrup to feed yards. Considering the trucks haul 35-40 cows per trailer, there are days when MRK transports 1,000 head. Tat’s a lot of hamburger.


“Tere’ve been times that we’ve had 60 to


80 loads on the books for the day,” he said. “My guys may haul three and four loads a day by themselves, and we may be hiring 20 trucks to help us.” Maloley takes pride in his work. Nebraska


may be the Cornhusker State, but beef is the state’s largest industry with $6.5 billion in sales and an average of 2.3 million head being fed at any one time, according to the Nebraska Beef Council. Te state led the nation with about 6.6 million head slaughtered in 2015. “Here in the rural Midwest,” he said, “we’re


feeding the world population with what we do. We may not think about that every day when we’re trying to get those cattle to the plants.


We’re helping feed the world whether it’s hauling feed to the feed yard so the cattle can eat, or we’re hauling the cattle to the plants or washing out the trucks so that they can go get the next load. “We provide a service in the ag and


livestock industry. We don’t have a product we’re selling. We try to be there on time, our guys work hard every day, and we do the best we can do to accommodate our customers. Tat’s what our business model has always been.” Te company owns 23 trucks and 35


trailers and hires another 10 owner-operators who pull its trailers. He said that most livestock carriers are small like him.


Continues 12 NEBRASKA TRUCKER — ISSUE 2, 2016 — www.nebtrucking.com


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