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Alpaca business invests in Iveco Daily

Victoria-based agricultural service provider, Precision Alpaca Group, has invested in a 19.6 m³ Iveco Daily 50C van to transport its prized studs, prioritising comfort and safety.

Precision Alpaca Group Co-founder, Con Kotsiakos, told Iveco it was his technical knowledge that came to the fore when choosing the new Daily as the best vehicle to transport selected alpacas to events and facilities around Australia in total comfort.

“Given my role in engineering I’m very familiar with most commercial vehicle brands and I was able to specify the new Daily to very closely meet our needs,” said Kotsiakos.

“We opted for a combination of the Iveco 205hp engine and ‘Hi-Matic’ 8-speed full automatic transmission. The van goes great, it’s so comfortable and feels just like driving a car,” he said.

Iveco said that Kotsiakos opted for a higher ratio rear differential to further reduce revolutions per minute at cruising speeds. The rear axle is reportedly fitted with a selectable locking differential along with rear airbag suspension.

“The locking differential improves traction on wet-grassed areas at show grounds,” said Kotsiakos.

“For ride quality, no matter the load, there’s nothing quite like airbag suspension – it gives the animals a smooth trip and we can also lower the rear to allow us to more easily load and unload the alpacas when we’re on site,” he said.

Kotsiakos said that the long list of safety features for the Iveco Daily 50C van was another important consideration. “With ABS disc brakes, stability control and four airbags it’s well equipped.”

With the main original equipment specifications sorted, Iveco said that Kotsiakos went about making the necessary additions to the van’s interior that would allow the van to carry up to eight adult alpacas in the load space.

“We installed a second row of seats so we could all travel together,” said Kotsiakos.

“There is now seating for six people. Behind the second row of seats we have a bulkhead, and behind this is where the alpacas travel. The area is divided with an adjustable partition that allows us to separate the animals, for example males from females or youngsters from adults.

“From time to time we need to carry more than eight alpacas, that’s when we remove the rear seat allowing us to load another five.

“The payload area is air-conditioned with a 9.5kW unit, we also have overhead racking throughout, additional lighting, an ‘Anderson’ plug, a power outlet for the fridge and a 2000W inverter allowing us to power appliances when we arrive at the event,” he said.

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