The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 18
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Holstein are profitable for their production of milk but are short
on the heavy hind quarters for beef.12 Many western ranchmen
are selling cows and calves for beef, lowering the number of
breeding stock on the ranges.1" Some have quit breeding alto-
gether. In California Mr. Miller continues to breed on his
ranches, but many California cattlemen buy from small farmers
all the young animals, which they can, preferably three year
olds. About the first of November these cattle are driven into
pastures which have grown all summer and which have made
hay. About the first of May the fattened beeves are sold for a
price that returns a profit of fifteen to twenty dollars on each
The packers and the trusts are blamed much for the high price
of beef. While they make profits, they are not as culpable as is
popularly supposed. They derive profits from hides, fats, offals,
oleomargarine, stearin, tallow, soap, fertilizer, medical extracts,
dyestuffs, buttons, glue, bone, charcoal and other by-products
which the small butcher could not utilize.1"
That Congress can and should regulate the price of beef has
been another popular error. Congress cannot bring back the
ranges to their original capacity, Congress cannot oust the set-
tlers in the West, Congress cannot regulate the likes of the mul-
titude for choice cuts of beef, Congress cannot regulate the world's
supply of gold, Congress cannot repeal the law of supply and
12Hovey, Walter, "Our Beef Supply as a Great Business," in Review
-of Reviews, XLI, 313.
"Stockbridge, F. P., "Beef," in WVorld's Worlc, XXIV, 661.
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