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They Repurpose Livestock Buildings
When David Foster needed a shed to store equipment, he got it on the cheap by tearing down an old poultry pole barn. The deal was so good that he started Cash Cow Enterprises to tear down old livestock buildings and sell the components. His shed parts have been used for everything from hay and equipment storage to livestock shelters and, in one case, a house.
“The 40-ft. span gives the option of a completely open floor plan,” explains Foster. “We can offer customers a 40 by 100-ft. building, complete with trusses, wood purlins and sheet metal for the roof, for $6,000. It would be hard to buy just the new sheet metal for our total price.”
Foster has been sharing his personal experience and duplicating it for farm customers for the past 10 years. A recent tear down project included 4,080 linear ft. of buildings with 32-ft. spans from 20 barns.
“We’ve moved miles and miles of buildings,” says Foster. “We did 1.7 miles of buildings in our best year and more than a mile of buildings this past year. Currently, we have about 800 linear ft. of building left with another 300 linear ft. taken down, waiting to be picked up and sold.”
In addition to the buildings themselves, Cash Cow employees salvage other materials as well. Items for sale include direct drive fans, foam board insulation, industrial ceiling fans, extra lumber, propane heaters, steel bar panels and gates, hog feeders and waterers, and hopper bottom grain bins.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cash Cow Enterprises, 1035 KS-39, Fort Scott, Kan. 66701 (ph 620 224-9433; www.facebook.com/CashCowEnterprise/).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2