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A survey of beef production in west wales, 1943–8 Part I. Regional production

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 March 2009

R. Phillips
University College, Aberystwyth


1. The structure of the cattle population (4 June returns), as well as of cattle sales to the Ministry of Food, have been illustrated.

2. The trends in cattle production show the definite changes from that of the traditional storestock rearing to that of milk selling.

3. A considerable part (38·2%) of the total graded animals slaughtered for beef are the ‘wastage’ animals from the breeding and dairying herds.

4. Reference has also been made to the high proportion of ungraded cows (36·7% of the total cows) purchased by the Ministry. The ungraded cattle, however, are only 17% of the total sales. On the other hand, the ungraded ‘wastage’ cattle contribute 90% of the total ungraded cattle.

5. More heifers than steers were sold for slaughter, and it has been shown that the average live weight of the graded steers is nearly 224 lb. heavier than that of the heifers.

Research Article
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1951

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