More on chow for cows–pretty sticky stuff, part III (Fat Cow Livestock Supplement)


Fowlkes Cattle Company in Marfa, Texas in 2007

I had to slip in one more shot of my favorite liquid dealer in Marfa, Texas (above).  In this post and the conclusion of the series on liquid feed rail operations, we will travel back to the LCN and visit Fat Cow Livestock Supplement.

Fat Cow Livestock Supplement on the LCN is a similar operation to Hudson Livestock Supplement near Miles, TX, except Fat Cow uses more rail shipments, both inbound and out bound.  Here a couple of tank cars of molasses are spotted for unloading.  Molasses flows, well as slow as molasses, so it may take some time to unload these cars, especially if the weather is cold.  The molasses is stored in the short blue tanks next to the storage building.


Tank cars waiting to be unloaded at Fat Cow Livestock Supplement

Fat Cow ships its finished product out in bags and in bulk.  Although trucks take some of the product, large and or distant shipments go by rail.  Here is where the bagged product is loaded into box cars.  In bound box car loads of bagged minerals are unloaded into the storage building located between the loading dock here and the tank car unloading spot in the distance.


Boxcar containing bags of minerals waiting to be unloaded.

The LCN keeps an engine here on the run around track.

The crew is complaining that it is too hot to unload the boxcar.  They will wait until it cools down a bit!

Bulk inbound loads to Fat Cow are unloaded from covered hoppers here.  Many of the covered hoppers are pressure differential cars and require air pressure to unload, thus the piping and tall blue storage tanks.  Out bound bulk shipments in covered hoppers are loaded under the structure straddling the covered hopper in the photo.  One to three covered hoppers are often loaded.  The yellow vertical tanks in the distance on the left along with the auger belong to another business and are not part of Fat Cow.

Outbound load waiting to be picked up by the LCN

 I hope you enjoyed this excellent modelling of cattle feed related businesses.  The operations can be very small and space efficient or more complex with a greater diversity of operations.  
Speaking of a diversity of operations, have you ever heard of Guar?   In an upcoming post, I will share some information on this interesting source of freight in a West Texas operation.

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