Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Discipline

Agriculture Economics


Cattle are the most important of all the animals domesticated by man. There are about 1084 million cattle in the World. Beef cattle in the United States has increased greatly but not as great as the increase in population. It is interesting to note the per capita consumption has gone up, made feasible primarily because of the increased productive rate of the cattle, the marketing of cattle as baby beeves or at slightly older ages instead of as two year old steers. Also currently, cattle are receiving better care. There is a marked improvement in feeding; more newborn animals are saved; more attention is given to sanitation, disease prevention, and parasite control; animals are more adequately housed; waste resulting from death, crippling, and bruises in transit has decreased; and other improved management factors are receiving attention.

In addition to phases of production found in the two major cattle-producing areas- the Western range and the corn belt-there are some rather characteristic production practices common to the other two less extensive areas; the cotton belt and the Appalachian and Great Lakes region. Certainly with each area variations from the most common practice are noted. For example, a goodly number of cattle are finished out in feed lots located in or near irrigated districts in the Western range area, and many corn Belt farmers have long successfully adhered to a cow-and-calf type of enterprise.

In this paper I will discuss some of the major changes in beef cattle production in the United States as we contrast it with shades of the past in American history.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Lindsey Weatherspoon


Prairie View A&M College


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John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

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