In 1889 the first shipment of Argentine cattle, consisting altogether of 1930 steers, was sent to England.
If the sole purpose for which an animal is reared is to prepare it for the block - and this is the case with steers amongst cattle and with wethers amongst sheep - the sooner it is ready for slaughter the less should be the outlay involved.
An important step in this direction was taken in 1896, when the senior class for steers, viz.
Animals three to four years old, was abolished, the maximum age at which steers were allowed to compete for prizes being reduced to three years.
The cow classes were abolished in 1897, and in the schedule of the 1905 exhibition the classes for each breed of cattle were (I) for steers not exceeding two years old, (2) for steers above two years and not exceeding three years old, and (3) for heifers not exceeding three years old.