Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Arnold, Alex A.
Prospects for profit in beef, pp. 132-134 PDF (693.2 KB)
WISCONSIN FARMERS' INSTITUTE. is worth as much or more than yours tion has been asked about grinding and they are paying twenty per cent. I peas. I have not fed peas extensively duty to cross the line and sell mutton but I think it would pay to grind the iJ your market at a profit. A ques- I pea crop for sheep. PROSPECTS FOR PROFIT IN BEEF. ALEX A. ARNOLD, Galesville, Wis. l Some Important Statistics. January 1, 1896, there were 16,137,- 586 cows and 32,086,400 other cattle. January 1, 1897, there were 15,941,717 cows and 30,508,408 other cattle, a de- crease in one year of 1,771,860 head, or a decrease of 1.3 per cent. of cows and 4.9 per cent. of oer r cattle, a heavy decrease of all kinds of cattle, especially so of animals for the block, thus showing that this production is not keeping pace with the consump- tion. Our population in 1870 was 38,558,371, cattle 25,484,100; in 1880 the population was 50,155,783, cattle 33,258,000; in 1890 the population was 62,622,250, cattle 52,801,907, and in 1897, according to the same rate of in- crease (about 1,200,000 per year), the population must be about 70,000,000. With an ircrease yearly in our popula- tion of 1,200,000 and a decrease of 1,771,860 of cattle, it is easy to see that the supply is not keeping pace with the demand. Supply decreasing, Idemand in creasing. Were most oX ALEX A. ARNOLD. these cattle cows the shortage might quickly be supplied, but not as I am limited to "Prospects for Profit promptly as in the case of the prolific In Beef." Experience has proved that swine. At present there is about one "the hind sight is better than the fore- cow for each family of five, and a beef sight." However there are indications creature (of various ages) for every that point to future profits in this two persons in our nation, and only branch of farming (to my mind better cows enough to produce a young ani- than in any other), it we wisely avail mal for every five yearly if all their ourselves of the opportunities. calves were iaised. With a Deef ait- 132
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