ARIZONA AT 100

Thoroughbred stock seen as future of cattle business

2011-12-09T00:00:00Z Thoroughbred stock seen as future of cattle businessArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 09, 2011 12:00 am  • 

In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Nov. 26, 1912

That the cattlemen of the southwest must turn their attention to raising thoroughbred stock instead of ordinary scrub range cattle if they expect to make money is the statement of Theodore Hampe, a well-known rancher and cattleman of the Swisshelms, who is here today en-route for San Diego, where he goes to meet his wife, who is returning from San Francisco, where she spent a vacation.

Mr. Hampe has several sections of fine ranch land and about 150 head of thoroughbred Holstein and Galloway cattle. These he states will net him greater returns than double the number of common stock requiring more feed and a longer time to mature. He also states that the thoroughbred stock will fatten in half the time, and bring from $3 to $7 a head more on the market.

Many of the cattle men in his vicinity are looking over the markets for thoroughbred breeding stock, he states, and believes that there will be an evolution of the cattle raising business in the southwest in the next five years and that the days of the old "Texas long horns" are numbered and will soon be history.

Mr. Hampe was formerly a newspaper cartoonist and worked on many of the big newspapers in the country. He came to Arizona ten years ago on account of his health and has been one of the most successful cattle men in this vicinity, devoting his attention to thoroughbred stock from the time he came here when the cattle men laughed at him and called him foolish.

- Arizona Daily Star

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