Important Cattle Sale
An article in the May 3, 1894 issue of the Saratoga Sun reads:
Last week, when Michael Quealey was here, he bargained with L. G. Davis for his hay-fed cattle, paying him $3.25 at the ranch. Tuesday morning, the cattle were weighed and delivered to Mr. Quealey’s man, and were taken away today.
They are for the Hanna market and are the finest bunch of steers ever sent out of this valley. Of the 44 head, five were cows and the entire bunch averaged 1,175 pounds, netting $38.20 each. There were 15 steers coming two years old, 23 steers coming three years old and one steer coming four years old. One steer, two years old to the day, weighed 1,220; the four-year-old steer weighed 1,800; and one cow pulled the scales down to 1,677.
Counting shrinkage, etc. – at 80 cents a hundred – if the cattle had been shipped to Omaha, Neb., the price received at the ranch was equal to $4.05. The fact of this being a prime bunch of cattle caused them to bring that price in the present low state of the market. This was, without a doubt, the finest bunch of beef cattle ever driven out of this valley, and they excited much favorable comment.
Another item in the same newspaper reported:
T. J. Hunter, of North Park, purchased, yesterday, of Dr. H. M Bennett, 190 head of stock cattle, of which 75 were spayed heifers and the rest steers. The price paid was $25 per head. The cattle are to be delivered in eight or 10 days.