It was a horse barn and then cow barn with milking stalls and hayloft overhead. The outside peak of the barn has the original hay fork and track, still operational, used to take hay from wagons to hayloft. Ceiling height on lower level was only 6'6", keeping it at a minimum retained heat for cows and also allowed additional room above for hay storage. Air vents and shafts still penetrate through the roof as natural draft for air circulation in summer. Original beams for structural support are still intact.
Silage was fed by conveyor belts and was blown in from the top of the silo by large blowers on a tractor. In very early days, this was a hand operation, corn was chopped by rope tied onto cleaver and pulled up and down. Base of silo led directly to cow and horse barn for easier feeding of animals.
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