The Cattleman's Pages of History
We have now started the 104th year of publication of The Cattleman magazine. Each month, we take a few minutes to look back in history to find the interests of cattle raisers at the time. We have reprinted the text of these items as they appeared in the issue. Any additional comments from the editor appear in brackets.
The Cattleman cover was a photograph of a “Reserve champion load of steers at the 1918 Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show, Fort Worth. Bred on the Springer ranch in New Mexico and fed and exhibited by Capt. Dan D. Casement of Manhattan, Kans. Capt. Casement is now ‘Somewhere in France.’ These steers averaged 988 pounds and were bought by Armour & Co. at $17.75 per cwt. They dressed 65.79%.”
➤ The Cattle Raisers Association of Texas [now TSCRA] was preparing for its move to the Seibold Hotel at the corner of Throckmorton and East Seventh Streets, Fort Worth.
➤ Young Walter Matthews, a ten-year-old stockman of Talpa, in Coleman County, had “the distinction of having produced the world’s highest priced beef animal — a Hereford calf that sold for $8,349.25” at a Cattle Raisers Convention auction. The calf was exhibited at the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show at Fort Worth, where he won premiums totaling $160 and was purchased by the Texas Hereford Breeders Association for $150.15. The animal was then donated to the Red Cross Society of Dallas and auctioned at the convention to benefit the society. In true Cattle Raisers fashion, it was generously donated back and resold several more times before netting the Red Cross a total of $16,364 — $265,276.70 in today’s economy!
May’s cover photograph was taken by Jane Pattie, a frequent contributor. The identifying paragraph reads “A Green, spring pasture insures a good calf crop on C. A. McDaniel’s Mirasol Ranch near Uvalde, Texas. These Santa Gertrudis cows produce top calves from Mirasol champion bull Masterpiece 511.”
➤ TSCRA investigators [Special Rangers] announced that they had broken up a cattle-rustling ring responsible for the theft of at least 113 head from LeFlore County, Okla. The investigation spanned six weeks and extended into the states of Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
➤ The featured breed that month was Santa Gertrudis, and Roger Letz, editor of The Santa Gertrudis Journal, said that those connected with the breed had noted the previous year as one in which the “cherry reds” made great progress in acceptance by the commercial cowman, the feeder, the packer and the consumers of beef.
➤ Fred Bailey reported in the “Washington Roundup” column that FDA sleuths in Washington, D.C., had determined potential hazards to human health from injectable antibiotics. There were fierce arguments on both sides of the issue. Prophetically, Bailey concluded: “To date, FDA is limiting its restrictions to injectable antibiotics. Antibiotics consumed by animals as feed additives are not affected. Not yet!”
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