From the udder side to a meaty Mack

By: Peter Schlenk, Photography by: Peter Schlenk


David Templeton moved from dairy worker to hauling livestock, and now he gets to drive a Mack Super-Liner.

From the udder side to a meaty Mack
The Mack Super-Liner, part of the Boyle's Livestock Transport fleet.

 

Boyle’s Livestock Transport, from Victoria’s south-west, primarily operates a Kenworth fleet, with the exception of a solitary Mack Super-Liner.

David Templeton, the two-year-old Super-Liner’s regular driver, confesses to being a relative newcomer to the trucking industry.

David’s previous working life was in a dairy. After deciding that he’d "had enough of the cows", he thought he’d try his hand at trucking.

"With my heavy vehicle truck licence in the back pocket, I decided to call around to Boyle’s," David recalls. "Wendy Boyle said they would get back to me within a week."

David got the job, and 12 months later had progressed to driving a brand new Mack Super-Liner for Boyle’s.

With a 600hp (447kW) Cummins under the bonnet, David says it Mack drives well. At times, his job may take him away from home four nights a week. To make life easier, the bunk is decked out with a TV and microwave.

Based in Naringal, just east of Warrnambool, Victoria, Boyle’s is in a productive cattle area, both with dairy and beef. In David’s opinion, the best cattle to carry are Brahman.

"When they are down, they sulk and don’t want to do a thing," he says.

To read more in David Templeton and the Mack Super-Liner, check out the August 2014 edition of Owner//Driver.

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