Flashcards in Consequences Of Overstocking The Cattle Industry On The Open Range Deck (7)
Too many cattle were grazing on the same amount of grass.
This led to the grass eroding.
Grass did not have time to re-grow once eaten. Animals did not have enough to eat and the land had dried up.
With less grass, the cattle became weaker. This produced poorer quality meat to sell.
By 1882 profits were going down. Ranchers kept the cattle just in case the prices increased again. Hence even more cattle.
A fall in demand.
With so much beef available for cities in the east, prices reduced.
Cattle ranchers received less money.
When drought hit in 1883, the grass dried even more. Prairie fires from storms also reduced the grass further.