I have been meaning to ask this question before, but I thought of it again yesterday after reading more news about this continent wide drought. There is talk now that there may have to be a government program to ship hay from western Canada, where there is some supply, to cattle ranchers in eastern Canada who are running out of feed.
When bulkhead flatcars were introduced on the CPR in the '60's, one of the intended uses for the cars were to ship baled hay. In those days of course it was square bales, but you could use the same cars for round bales as well. In Canada this business plan failed after a couple of years.
My question is, what is the state of railroad hay shipments in the US, or was there ever any business for that crop. Bruce