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The Weight of Stock

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THE WEIGHT OF STOCK when marketed stands next to breed as a factor affecting the price received. Cattle are bought and sold by the hundredweight and the price varies in accordance with whether the animal is heavy or light, since the quality of beef is usually supe rior with the heavier grades. This dif ference in price is brought out in the following table, which shows the average price in Chicago of beef cattle of dif ferent weight on selected dates: The aata in this table bring out clear ly that the price per hundredweight, of the same kind of stock, increases steadily with each increase in weight, until the last class is reached. The best price is seen to be paid for cattle weighing be tween 1,200 and 1,500 pounds.

Poll EXPORT PuitrosEs, beef-bred types weighing between 1,300 and 1,400 pounds and from two and one-half to four years old are more desirable. These relative prices and weights hold whether the cat tle are native, western or Texan.

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