For a time this was a profitable pursuit, as the horse hides brought good prices.
Wool forms by far the largest export, and tallow, hides, bones and frozen mutton are also exported.
With regard to the imports into Russia-they consist mainly of raw materials and machinery for the manufactures, and of provisions, the principal items being raw cotton, 17% of the aggregate; machinery and metal goods, 13%; tea, 5%; mineral ores, 5%; gums and resins, 4%; wool and woollen yarns, 32%; textiles, 3%; fish, 3%; with leather and hides, chemicals, silks, wine and spirits, colours, fruits, coffee, tobacco and rice.
Forwards it covers, and has driven asunder, the optic lobes; backwards it hides the much shortened medulla oblongata.
Although the technique of growing cowpox on cow hides would come, transporting it was difficult due to lack of refrigeration.