Cattle in Argentina

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This fine herd of cattle is on a ranch near the city of La Plata, a few miles southeast of Buenos Aires (bw´ ns i´ rs). Herds like this can be found throughout the great country of Argentina. The cattle here shown are Shorthorns. They are a popular breed with the Argentines. Shorthorns were first developed in the borderland somewhere between Scotland and England. Now these countries look to Argentina for a great deal of the beef they use. The breed has been widely scattered. Many of its finest representatives are found in our own country. The present-day English Shorthorns are both dairy and beef cattle. In Scotland the breed is largely raised for beef, and it is the Scotch breed that is most favored in the United States. The Spanish, who first settled in Argentina, brought cattle with them. These thrived on the rich grass in the valley of the Plata River. The herds increased so that a great business was made of shipping hides, horns, and tallow to other countries. The only kind of beef that could be sent out, until a few years ago, was dried or jerked meat. Then came the refrigerator (r-frj´ r-´ tr) ships. Frozen meats can be carried in these around the world. The cattle industry grew wonderfully. Argentina could send beef to Europe- the great meat market of the world. Now about 30,000,000 cattle graze on its plains. This means that there are almost 4 cattle to every person in Argentina. The great cattle-raising countries of the world are India, the United States, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, and Australia. The United States raises twice as many cattle as Argentina, but it is three times as large. Locate La Plata on your map. Keystone ID: 20844 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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