Michigan State Farmers' Institutes Volume 11

Michigan State Farmers' Institutes Volume 11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...determine their several grades. In the selection of 1,000-pound feeding cattle of the various grades rather wide differences in age and lesser ones in condition are quite manifest. These are a direct result of the varying proportions of good beef blood which they carry. That is to say, a 1,000-pound fancy selected feeding steer or one that is a very high grade of some one of the beef breeds or perhaps a cross-bred steer produced by the mating of the high-grade female of some one of the beef breeds with a purely-bred male of some other beef breed will be approximately two years old. An inferior feeding steer of the same weight and possessing but little, if any, improved blood of any kind will be not less than three and often four years old. The intermediate grades represent gradations between these extremes. The differences in form, except such as may be a result of the varying condition of the various grades, are also due to their different blood lines. In general it is assumed that feeding cattle are grass cattle, either FIG. 9.--Choice Feeder. Chicago Market Value, $4.15 per cwt., Nov. 23, 1904 and Feb. 23, 1905. directly or very recently taken from pastures, stalk fields or dry lot. If from the latter they seldom have had grain to any extent. Observation has led to the conclusion that well-bred feeding cattle take on a little more flesh on pasture than the low-bred ones, hence it would be reasonable to anticipate slight differences in condition in the several grades. This is scarcely noticeable between any two consecutive grades, but at times the difierence is quite noticeable between the highest and lowest grade. With a reasonably clear idea of what these grades are. the next step is to become familiar with their behavior in the feed...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236760247
  • 9781236760241