On a cold Wednesday morning I arrived at the Portbury mill and met Nathan one of our HGV drivers, who I would be joining for a day of deliveries. First of all, Nathan showed me how to safely get in and out of the lorry with three points of contact on the vehicle at all times. In order to hit the road we completed a round of safety checks outside of the lorry, paying particular attention to the wheels. When full loaded the lorry can transport up to 32 tonnes of feed. There were five compartments on this particular lorry, which allows for multiple products to be delivered.
At the start of the working day, drivers have to set their tachos. This bit of equipment is important as it records their daily driving hours. Legally they are only allowed to drive for four and a half hours before taking break.
We then reversed into the loading area and loaded up with 9 tonnes of dairy cake and 6 tonnes of natural mixer for our first delivery. To ensure quality and traceability, a feed sample is taken from each product.
We headed south to a dairy farm in Winsham, Dorset. The farm had two feed bins so we unloaded 6 tonnes of dairy cake into the first bin and then the other 3 tonnes into the second. Once finished, we took a short break before heading back on the road. Our next delivery was some lamb creep feed to a goat and sheep farm just outside of Bristol.
I learn a lot by shadowing Nathan for the day including the capacity of feed bins, correctly loading the lorry and ensuring safety at all times. The lorry drivers at ForFarmers work extremely hard to deliver feed across the UK, they have to navigate country lanes and the British weather. We really appreciate their commitment to our customers and focus on our roads.