glowing report by WV Johnson 1884
MORNING, OCTOBER 22, iu to im.-r to of of Nash- com- con- Mcl'er- cor- per- MAGNOLIA CATTLE C03IPANY. Tha Alms, Purposes sad Operation! of th Com-Fry- A LOOX AT THE FUrUSE. Rezular Correspondence of the Texas Live . Slock Journal. Colorado Citt. Tkx., Oct. 6. Your correspondent, T. I. R.." in a previous issue of ycur valuable paper, writes in complimentary terms of the enterprise conducted iu Borden county by the Magnolia Cattle Company, and refers" especially to the superb real estate secured as a basis for its future operations. In connection therewith, it may be of Interest to some of your many readers to learn something concerning the caitle purchased aud the purposes, entertained by its blen-tuckr stockholders. Availing myself of your courteous invitation, 1 will present the policy of that company to the consideration of all who take an interest in the rearing and improvement of Texas rattle. That policy may be briefly denned as tending to an improvement in tbe methods of handling cattle and providing for winter sus'eimnce, and an improvement in their quality by the introduction of superior strains of blood. The cattle will tie confined to pastures instead of wandering at witl over vast districts of country and will be divided into several classes, and each class held separate from the others, whilst fresh and On occupied fields of pra-s will be held in reservo for use in winter. Tbe importation of males having the highest grade of- lhirhatn Short-born blood has already begun and will be continued an nually, w iihin the inclosures the full ben efit, of those importations will be secured. and the improvement in uuality will be marked and rapid. Securing first a superb ranch, as described by your former correspondent, and not sur- asea in excellent qualities by any estab-ishntent of its kind in tbe Stated tbe direct ors next loosed carefully for a proper selec tion of cattle with wbicb to stock tbeir fine lands. An examination of th cattle .1-oiu aud reared in Northwestern Texas, exhibited in comparison with tboe of Eastern, Middle, Southern and Southeastern Texas a marked superiority in ail tbose qualities wblcu tend to tbe produc tion of fine beef. Tbe size was greater, the form more rounded and handsome, horns smaller, contour less augular, and generally bearing greater resemblance to tbe Durham characteristics.- Recognizing these charac teristics as serviceable in tbeir ultimate pur pose of much greater improvement, and tbe advantage secured by owning cattle accus tomed to tbe lands upon which they would be kept, they negotiated the purchase of three stocks of cattle, ail cf wbicb bad been for many years located upon the very lands they bad bought, and nearly ail born and reared there. These three stocks aggregated fully 11,000 bead exclusive ol calves, branded and to be branded this year, and are fully equal to tbe besi of ester ii lexas cattle, having already somewual improved bv tadicious breediug. The calf-bi anding of this year now amounts to o,(KX head, and will at the close of tbe braudiug season equal 3,000. They are, for iDe;r age, large, bulky and handsome ani mais, aud during tbe spring, summer and autumn months would excite tbe admiration and surprise of the breeders of fine cattle in Kentucky or other States. The rapidity and excellence of development of young animals in this favored country is simply marvelous. and where suitable provisi n for winter bas been mad tbe writer is convinced thai as line cattio and borscs may and will -it grown here as can be found in any part of tbo Lnion. During the.vear 1SS5 there will be 5.O0O calves branded from this herd, and in 18Stt as many aa 7,000, and in 1837 fully 10,000. I'uriug ibisaud tbe next ttiree vears, there fore, some 1S.O00 branded calves will b added to this herd. That increase wni ex hibit tbe marked improvement resulting irom careiui breeding, as illustrated by inr. er, smoother and handsomer animals. well calculated to furniah the finest Quality oi oeer. The jKcuniry advantace found in breed ing and rearing beeves of superior quality wti. be generally represented by estimating tueir value ac tbe rancii at ZAo to S.MJ instead of f 130 to tiio. ' Tbat tbe above estimate is conservative proven by a sale made this season at a neighboring ranch, of its steers. at t-iit per bead. ibe value of these steers waa attributable alone to their superior croeuiug. lo illustrate the profit incident to judicious cattle raising in this part of Texas, allow me to suumn tbe ugures presented below. 1 will assume that the general mark; value oi siocit cattle remain as at present, but 1 ill figure in that intrinsic value which ap pears as tbe result of judicious breeding, and wnicn 1 win estimate at f-i.M per bead an nually for several years. I will, for con venience. leave out of tbe calculation all con sideration of i annual loss, which might b fairly estimated at 2 per cent., or of beef steers sold out of the herd, because, in lieu of the steers, the value in money would be neid. Estimated value of the cattle belonging to this company at tb close of tb following years, io-wuj Yeurt. Jo. Moefc Cntlle. VaL Total. 1K4... ..14.W0 $-.'o $ StiS.UOO ..I9.1XH) 27.50 6.U1.O00 ..i.'U,tUX) 30 7H7.00O 1S5... ltKd.., it; -; 30. GOO 31.50 i l.l&y.OOO ery truly yours, W. V. Joiiasox. Manager Magnolia Land apd Cattle Company.