The Cattleman's Pages of History
We are now in the 105th 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 it appeared in the issue.
The Cattleman cover was a photograph of Hereford cows looking intently at the photographer. It appears that the grass was good and, behind them, water was readily available.
➤ The upcoming convention was given a final push and many Dallas businesses placed ads in the magazine, hoping to attract the business of Cattle Raisers and their wives. Some of these included the Majestic Theatre, touted as “Big Time Vaudeville,” Arthur A. Everts & Co. Jewelers, Southwestern Life Insurance and Neiman Marcus Ready-to-Wear.
➤ A well-known stockman of Llano, Texas, tells the following story of an experience Attorney Dayton Moses, of the Cattle Raisers Association of Texas, had a few years ago while practicing law in that district:
A farmer was in court complaining that a certain neighbor had stolen some of his unbranded calves.
“Do you know that these are your calves?” asked Attorney Moses.
“Oh yes, I would know them anywhere,” was the confident answer, and he proceeded to give in detail the various flesh marks by which he could identify them.
“But those are no different from many other calves,” objected Mr. Moses. “I have several in my pasture just like them. What have you to say to that, sir?”
The farmer uncrossed his legs, crossed them again, expectorated [spit], shifted his quid, and remarked, “That’s not unlikely. I have had a great many calves stolen in the last few weeks!”
The Cattleman cover used a painting by Marion Ward. The notes read, “The winds of March may often be the coldest of the winter. [The artist] has envisioned as cold a March evening as Texas may ever have, one that is hard on men, horses, and cattle. Spring may not be far away, but this cowboy would be hard to convince of that.”
➤ C.E. Fisher, superintendent of Texas A&M University’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Lubbock, said in a talk at the Southern Weed Conference that “due to widespread interest and support of West Texas ranchmen, livestock producers and chemical companies, it is possible to
expand the research program in the control of mesquite and associated species. The objectives were two-fold: the development of more effective and economical factors that influence the control of brush, and to determine the economic benefits that may be derived from the control of brush by use of different methods and combinations of methods.
➤ In “Keeping Them Healthy,” writer C.M. Patterson said, “Improving pastures can be the shortest route to increasing profits in beef cattle production. If a hundred-acre pasture can be made to carry a hundred head instead of the usual twenty, a tremendous increase in efficiency is possible… However, one of the basic precepts of preventive medicine is that the degree of exposure to parasitic invasion is directly proportional to population density [and] the implication for development of parasitic disease is obvious. Therefore, there must be more to the story of increasing efficiency than just improving pasture land. The management talents needed for grazing this improved pasture effectively must also be improved… “
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