Compton Feedlot

Agriculture has driven the Galt area economy for decades, and support businesses have helped farmers and ranchers stay solvent in their livelihoods. One of those businesses was Donald S. Compton and Son Feedlot in Clay Station. Feedlots increase the amount of muscle gained by cattle as quickly as possible by keeping them in confined quarters rather than being allowed to range freely over grassland. Animals, usually kept for 100 days and fed, gain an average of 2.5 pounds a day. A feed mill on the premises mixes hay, barley and molasses for their diet. The Compton Feedlot could accommodate 2,500 to 4,000 head of cattle. Compton and his son Dan operated the feedlot from around 1950 to the elder Compton’s death in 1966.