No. 23: Calomba Transport

James Nason, 22/11/2013

A Calomba Transport road train in pastoral South Australia.

A ‘hands-on’ approach to business has been a trademark of the Jenkin family’s 60-year involvement in the South Australian livestock transporting industry, an association that continues with the family’s third-generation today.

Ira Jenkin established Calomba Transport as a general and livestock carting business in the South Australian town of the same name north of Adelaide in the 1950s.

Under his son and current managing director Robert Jenkin, Calomba has evolved into a specialised livestock transporting business over the past 30 years, now running a fleet of eight prime movers with the trailer capacity to uplift 40 decks of cattle at any one time.

The bulk of Calomba’s work is focused on carting cattle from northern pastoral stations to saleyards, feedlots and meatworks within South Australia, but it also handles jobs right across the eastern half of Australia.

Robert and Ginette’s son Roger has worked in the business for the past 10 years, something he never doubted he would do.

“I was brought up in the business, and really as soon as I could get a license I jumped in a truck and never looked back,” the 28 year old said.

Roger said that as the business had grown the family had always maintained a hands-on approach, which was essential to maintaining strong relationships with customers, overseeing driver training and keeping in touch with issues at business level.

“We still play a big part in driving and doing the job ourselves, we don’t just sit back in the office and try and organise,” he said.

“I think that is one thing we do differently, we watch and make sure everything is done right, and that is probably something we can do that the bigger companies can’t.”

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Calomba Transport

1 Shannon Road

Calomba, South Australia, 5501


Ginette Jenkin: (08) 8527 2397

Robert Jenkin: 0418 805 282

Roger Jenkin: 0439 844 791


Email: calombatpt@bigpond.com



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