A fleet of fifteen new Panus tri-axle trailers is carting live chickens from farms to Turosi’s processing plant in Geelong.
Formed from the merger of OSI International Foods (Aust) and Turi Foods twelve months ago, Turosi Pty Ltd operate chicken processing plants out of Thomastown, Geelong and Broadmeadows in Victoria and Eagle Farm in Queensland, along with their various farming operations in Victoria.
Though Turosi had originally considered refurbishing its existing fleet of 13 tandem axle trailers, Panus undertook a cost-value analysis for the client and discovered that it would be more cost effective to replace the fleet with new trailers with a greater carrying capacity.
With six new 45ft flat top trailers already in stock and almost ready to go, Panus was enlisted to supply the new live chicken haulage fleet.
“We are now carrying close to 14 tonne of live chicken weight per trailer. The additional carrying capacity with the new trailers over our previous ones represents an increase of about one tonne per load,” explains Don Heath, Operations Manager for the Geelong processing facility.
“Typically, we do 23 loads a day across the fleet. In this industry every kilo counts, so when you are doing these many loads in a day, the cost savings add up very quickly.”
As the trailers needed to be suitable for carrying live chicken modules, Turosi required Panus to develop a suitable headboard and rear board for each of the trailers that enabled air-flow throughout the trailer.
“Panus was able to fabricate these according to our specifications and meet very strict animal welfare guidelines for the haulage of live chickens “explains Don.
He adds that Panus was very accommodating to the company’s needs.
“They were able to deliver within the time-frame we needed and the drivers have been really happy with the new trailers too.”