Feeding Hereford Cattle, Manhattan, Kansas

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This is a fine herd of Herefords. They are all thoroughbreds that are being made ready for market. These cattle get their name from the county of Herefordshire, in England. Here the breed had its beginning. Herefords came from a stock that had long been used for pulling heavy loads. Hence, they have heavy necks and shoulders, and thickset legs. Henry Clay, of Kentucky, brought the first Herefords into America. For the last 40 years they have been a popular breed among the farmers and cattle raisers of the Middle West. This breed of cattle takes on flesh readily, they are hardy, and their flesh is of fine flavor. They are a good beef cattle. Shorthorns are the heaviest of the beef breeds. Herefords rank next in weight. Stockmen have found that it is more profitable to feed beef cattle for the market while they are young and growing. Corn is the principal food used in the feeding of cattle that are being prepared for market. Many cattle ranches and cattle ranges are found throughout Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas, and also on the plains of Oklahoma and Texas. The corn belt extends from Ohio, through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri, to central Kansas and Nebraska. It follows naturally that the corn belt should also be the center of the stock-raising industry. Much alfalfa is grown in these states, and this is also an important factor in stock feeding. The long, narrow troughs from which the cattle are feeding, are filled at regular periods with corn, oil-meal, and other fattening foods, and the cattle come to their meals as regularly as we go to ours. The large shed in the background contains alfalfa. This the cattle may eat at any time they wish. Keystone ID: 16710 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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