Never thought about this before…
As the livestock need to be rested/watered/fed every so often, would (assuming the stock cars were off the “home” road) the road “resting” the livestock:
- Take the opportunity to return the stock cars (to reduce per-diem), and use “home road” (or “in direction of travel”) stock cars to forward the livestock on?
- Just leave the cars there for “X” hours, and re-load them?
- Something else?
- All of the above, depending on circumstances?
When going from “the West” to the East coast, would the stock tend to be all unloaded in the major stock yards (Chicago, St. Louis, wherever) for a time, then get re-loaded onto different cars for the trip East?