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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)

Page 133

PROWPECTS FOR PROFIT IN BEEr.                   l-5
mal for every two of our population, compared with the cost of production.
with this number of cattle in  our Prices at retail do not advance in pro-
country and plenty of cheap feed, in portion to the advance in the price
1896 and 1897 the yards at the various foot, in fact the profits in the butcher
slaughtering points are comparatively business seem to be in an inverse
empty and it is easy to see that with ratio,-the cheaper the beef is on foot,
a supply of only one beef to every five the greater the profit; the dearer
where we now have one for every two beef cattle are the smaller the profit
and the population  fast increasing, for the money  invested, whereas in
there must from this on indefinitely, other lines the retailer expects to
be an under supply, therefore  beef a percentage of profits on the invest-
must run high as compared with other ment proportionate to the wholesale
articles of diet, for some years to come, cost. With present inspired confidence
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There is no reasonable doubt but I am satisfied that we may safely look
what there will be the same demand forward for better times for the pro-
for export as in the past, or that there ductions of the farm, the mine,
will be any less demand for beef or the factory, the prosperity  of each
veal at home.                     tending to the prosperity of all. There-
fore we may confidently expect a brisk
Beef as a Food.           demand for this most healthful article
Beef is recognized  as the  most of food.
healthful and nutritious muscle form-  There has been a sentiment that the
Ing diet, and it is only Ma matter of facilities for cattle raising on the
financial ability with  the  people range is so great that we cannot much
whether there will be an active demand longer make beef at a profit In the
In the future, or not. It is evident now states. When we consider that most
that the only reason why beef is not of the watering places are occupied,
still higher is that our people are too and that the croppings on the plains
poor to eat It.  Good beef is now are constantly making them less pro-
worth more then any other product as, ductive of wild grass, we may not look

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