Meathead: Moronic Magpie And The Metropolitan Meat Market

Posted: January 18, 2010 in Other Ripper Research
Magpie, your idiocy continues unabated I see, along with your obsession with the contents of my blog. Just for you, I found this article from New Zealand, no doubt. Also, this will be the last article in my series of "Les Nessman’s Hog Reports". If you are still confused after reading the following, then there clearly is no help for you. The Smithfield Meat Market was the Central London Meat Market and then there was the Metropolitan Meat Market in Islington.
SOME interesting statistics were given of the London live stock and dead meat markets by Mr. C.J. Cuthbertson at a recent meeting of the United Wards Club. The amount of meat delivered at the central market at Smithfield in the first year of its existence was 127,981 tons. In 1890 it reached 299,730 tons, and last year 323,086 tons. The largest weekly delivery was 8,900 tons, which occurred in the week preceding last Christmas Day, 1892. In that week was witnessed both the lowest and highest delivery on one day, when on Saturday, 24th December, it was only 290 tons, whereas on the previous Monday, 19th December, it was 2,490 tons. On a recent visit, Mr. Cuthbertson was informed that no fewer than 85,000 Australian sheep were in the extensive cold air rooms beneath the market at one time. With regard to the Metropolitan Meat Market at Islington the largest total entries of beasts in one year were 346,000 in 1864, and of sheep 1,786,000 in 1868. Some years ago, on account of contagious disease, the foreign cattle trade was lost and transferred to Deptford. Despite this, however, the last return showed a total entry of 991,099 animals during the year. Deptford Cattle Market was opened New Year’s Day, 1872. The average number of cattle landed for slaughter was 125,000 per annum. The last annual return, however, gave the number of animals landed at Deptford to be 350,500, which was made up as follows: – Beasts, 126,783; calves, 27,247; sheep, 196,470. The number of cattle received since the opening of the market to the close of 1891 was 11,392,500 head. When speaking of Smithfield Central Meat Market, Mr. Cuthbertson remarked that the extraordinary figures which he quoted could never have been reached but for the importation of American and Australian dead meat which commenced respectively in 1876 and 1880. Originally American beef was imported in sides packed in ice and straw, arriving very wet, whereas it now came in thin cotton wraps, and reached the market quite dry. That meat was chilled, while that from Australia and New Zealand was frozen so hard that in order to test its sweetness the carcasse had to be drilled with a centre bit.
Source: (Beef) Taranaki Herald, Volume XLII, Issue 9807, 20 September 1893, Page 2

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