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Livestock breeder relies on Isuzu Tradepack

Naomi Cooney, owner of Cattle Breeding Services, uses an Isuzu NPR 45-155 Tradepack SWB to deliver liquid nitrogen for insemination tanks at farms based in Queensland's south east.

Artificial breeding for cattle typically involves the use of liquid nitrogen to keep embryos and semen frozen in tanks until ready to use. Cooney told Isuzu if a single tank runs out of liquid nitrogen, thousands of dollars of genetic material can be lost.

Cooney invested in an Isuzu truck after starting the job three years prior with a European van which broke down frequently.

While delivering liquid nitrogen to mechanics, Cooney found that most of the mechanics she spoke to owned Isuzu vehicles. They advice to her was: 'If you want a light truck with power, go for an Isuzu; they don't miss a beat".

On this advice, Cooney purchased an Isuzu NPR 45-155 Tradepack SWB, with Isuzu bullbar, from Madill Isuzu in Gympie.

“The Tradepack saved me a lot of time and expense, I didn’t have to add many customisations myself," said Cooney. "It comes with a really good toolbox and a handwasher underneath, which would’ve been something I would have had to organise otherwise."

Since her purchase in March 2019, Cooney has clocked 20,000 kilometres – all with no downtime or issues according to the commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Cooney is reported to be covered by a five-year extended warranty, including access to 24-hour roadside assistance from Extended Isuzu Assist.

“I drive four days out of a week, driving around servicing tanks and delivering liquid nitrogen," said Cooney. “Isuzu truck reliability is a huge factor in what I do for a living because those tanks can’t run out.”

Isuzu said Cooney's NPR 45-155 Tradepack can carry extra weight when compared to the old van, and with a short wheelbase, the vehicle is nimble enough for deliveries to a variety of places including shopping centres and farms.

“The NPR’s great to drive in tight, little areas,” said Cooney. “And because it’s not overly tall and a good length, you can just park in the car park if you need to—in one car park lot. No need to park a block away. This truck is brilliant in and out of farms, too. You can just get in among the sheds and dairy to where the tanks are stored.”

The NPR 45-155 Tradepack features a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 4,500kg and 114 kW of power at 2,600 rpm. The truck is also fitted with anti-lock braking system, Isuzu Electronic Stability Control (IESC) and an anti-skid regulator. For comfort, it has a driver suspension seat with double-acting hydraulic shock absorbers.

While Cooney has a truck licence, for a company with employees who do not have a truck licence, the NPR 45-155 is, according to Isuzu, perfect.

“You can drive it on a car licence, and it drives so much like a car," said Cooney. “Both of my employees don’t have a truck licence, but they can just jump in and start it up."

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