We are in the 103rd year of The Cattleman magazine. We thought we would take a few minutes each month to look back in history to find the interests of cattle raisers at the time. We have reprinted the text of these news items as they appeared in the issue. Any comments from the editor appear in brackets.
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The photograph used for the February 1917 cover was of a woman on a bucking horse, identified as a copyrighted photo by W. S. Bowman.
➤ In “Livestock & Land” S. M. Smith offered a ranch for sale: “250,000-acre ranch [f]or sale at $3.00 per acre, in Southwest Texas, on railroad. Well improved ranch building and watering places.”
➤ “… A. D. Glava of Vega, Texas, paid $36.25 for a cow that has returned his money many times over. The first year she raised one calf which he sold for $27.50. The second year she produced three calves which sold for $30.00 each and the third year she brought two calves which sold for $32.50 each.”
➤ “‘South Texas cattlemen were not the only ones who had trouble with hunters during the past season,’ writes a well known cattleman of Toyah, Texas. ‘West Texas ranchmen were having trouble with hunters at the same time. Gates were left open, fences cut and left down and many other depredations injurious to the property of the ranchmen were committed. Some of these hunters presume to say that a ranchman cannot “post” his pasture to keep the hunters. These [There] are laws to protect the ranchmen and they should be enforced.’”
➤ The Cattleman cover: “Grey and Red Brahman cattle are featured on this month’s cover of The Cattleman. The herds represented here, from East Texas and the Gulf Coast, are, from top to bottom: E. O. Doggett, Tyler; Seven-J Stock Farm, Inc., Madisonville; J. T. White, Hearne, and J. D. Hudgins, Inc., Hungerford.”
➤ TSCRA initiated a “Revolutionary Cattle Theft Detection System” involving “a method utilizing codes on a standardized inspection form whereby an animal can be identified and this identification transferred to film.”
➤ The Cattleman included an obituary for cow 84-41, a longtime favorite at Texas A&M University’s East Texas Pasture Station. She lived for a quarter of a century and produced 18 strapping calves with total weaning weights of nearly 9,000 pounds.”
This “Pages of History” is excerpted from the February 2017 issue of The Cattleman magazine.