Before the age of mega-agricultural companies, most farms and livestock owners depended on regional feed mills for animal food. The Bethel Milling Co. in Midland, North Carolina is a mostly abandoned example of this type of local feed manufacturing and distribution.
Like humans, animals have specific nutritional requirements to ensure health and profitability for the framer. Local mills like this one, would typically supply feed for specific livestock in the areas they served. From my research, Bethel Milling Co. mostly provided feed to poultry farms. Key ingredients included corn, barley and wheat.
While photographing the property, I noticed quite a bit of corn strewn on the ground throughout the feed elevator area. From my experience camping and backpacking, I know where there is food on the ground, there is also mice and rats. Where there are mice and rats, there are also snakes! Luckily, both were absence during my visit.
Corn and other raw materials are dumped in a large open container at the base of the feed elevator. Small buckets in the elevator carry feed to the top where gravity routes it along several pipes to various storage bins. There must be some type of mechanism at the top of the elevator which allows the operator to select which bin or bins get the feed.
There was also some cool equipment inside the main shed I plan to comeback and photograph when the sun is lower in the sky. Until then I hope you enjoy this post.
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C. S. Young, Jr