Sponghaul up to the livestock challenge

By: Tamara Whitsed


Clint and Emma Spong specialise in livestock and grain in Western Australia

Sponghaul up to the livestock challenge
The Spong family with Peter Lullfitz (right) and Sponghaul’s White Road Boss and Western Star.

 

Station owners put a lot of faith in livestock carriers Clint and Emma Spong who operate two road trains in Western Australia, trading as Sponghaul.

The couple formed Sponghaul at Moora in 2009 and operate two trucks – a 1981 White Road Boss and 1998 Western Star. Both trucks have 600hp 3406E Caterpillar engines.

Clint grew up in Boyup Brook and has been driving road trains for more than a decade.

Emma learned to drive trucks in the Army Reserves. She drove interstate between WA and Queensland before making the change to livestock. Now she concentrates on administration.

With help from Bob Scott during the grain season and Peter Lullfitz during the cattle season, Sponghaul is busy throughout the year.

"We really enjoy working with livestock," Emma says.

"If you didn’t like animals it would be hard to find the motivation to stand a cow up by yourself inside a loaded crate at 3am in the pouring rain.

"Over these distances, the operator has a huge influence on how the animals arrive at their destination."

 

Station owners put a lot of faith in livestock carriers Clint and Emma Spong.

Posted by Owner Driver on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

 

Both in their mid-30s, Clint and Emma have three children under five.

"Everyone that we cart cattle for is a small family business as well. We all become friends and see each other’s families grow up," Emma says.

Their nomadic lifestyle sees the family moving with the seasons between their Moora base, the Pilbara and Boyup Brook.

Emma takes every opportunity to see Clint.

"We’ll go meet him at stations, or we’ll drive out to the highway sometimes when he’s coming past to see him briefly and say ‘G’day’," she says.

"I suppose if you had to look for a silver lining in being apart for a lot of it, it makes us really appreciate when we’re all together."

You can read the full story in the October edition of Owner//Driver.

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