We are now in the 106th year of publication of The Cattleman magazine. Each month, we look back through the pages of history to find items of interest from and about the cattle raisers of the time. We have reprinted the text in quotes as it appeared in the issue.
The December 1919 cover of The Cattleman showed a bull identified only by “Hildebrand.” Look how our conformation standards have changed!
➤ Hereford breeders at the International Livestock Show in Chicago were shocked when the grand champion bull honors went to Bonnie J, a “dark horse” from Georgia. He placed third in the two-year-old class the previous year and seemed unremarkable when blanketed in his stall. However, when led into the ring, “he stood out as a marvel of thickness and smoothness carried as close to the ground as motion will permit…”
➤ J.O. Jacobs, in an article reprinted from Shorthorn World, listed 10 important things in the management of a registered herd. At the top of the list was, “Select the best of breeding matrons of individual merit, seeking out the best bloodlines available. Start right, you’re always right; start wrong, you’re always wrong.”
The December 1969 cover was furnished courtesy of Marlboro cigarettes. “A winter scene… from the easel of Tom Ryan, well known western artist. Tom’s usual medium is oil but for this work he chose colored pencils. Much of his work has been done at the 6666 Ranch at Guthrie, Texas.”
➤ In their ad, The Lasater Ranch of Matheson, Colo., shared a letter from a rancher in Queensland, Australia, thanking them for their advice for “the ruthless culling of all females which fail to wean calves.” The rancher improved his calving rate from 60% to 98.6% on females three years and older — in just four years!
➤ Texas Tech University set a precedent that year “when it became the first non-land grant college or university in the U.S. to offer the doctor’s degree in the agricultural sciences. Dean Gerald W. Thomas of the College of Agricultural Sciences explained that [with two exceptions], Texas Tech ‘has broken a long-standing tradition with its doctor of philosophy degree in agriculture. Heretofore, the degree we are offering was restricted to the land grant group.’”