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Success in Raising Thoroughbreds

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

As we head into the county and state fair season, it is fun to reminisce about the early days of those events. Here are a couple of stories from the Wyoming Industrial Journal, dated Oct. 1, 1904, concerning such activity. 

Mr. L.G. Davis, a well-known Wyoming stockman, whose headquarters and breeding farm is near Saratoga, secured most of the prizes at the late county fair at Laramie, by reason of his exhibition of fine Hereford cattle, a breed to which he is now devoting special attention with gratifying results. 

His exhibition at the county fair included several thoroughbred Hereford bulls, which formed an interesting attraction for all stockmen visiting the fair and all others who recognize and admire standard bred cattle. Mr. Davis has imported several thoroughbred animals and his herds are today among the finest of their species in the state. 

Many stockmen of the state have found the utmost satisfaction in purchasing the well-bred animals raised by Mr. Davis, he having given every effort to their proper care and selection. His herds are noted throughout the southern part of the state for their splendid condition, nearing perfection – conditions Mr. Davis insists on maintaining at all times. 

Accompanying this news item was the following: 

Experiment farm work 

The experiment farm, conducted in connection with the University of Wyoming, is engaged in many lines of very important and beneficial work so far as the agricultural and stock raising industries are concerned. 

One of the most interesting features of the work carried on by the farm is the raising and experiments in the care of livestock, for which purpose a number of very fine and high-class animals have been secured. The farm has the honor of producing some of the finest cattle ever raised in the state… 

Two pictures of registered Herefords accompanied the 1904 articles with cutlines of: “Hereford bull – raised by University Experimental Farm, Laramie, Wyoming and exhibited at Albany County Fair” and “Prize winner at Albany County Fair – owned by L.G. Davis.”  

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