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The Cattle Drive

The area of the Shattered Frontier around the San Juan Mountains provides many excellent grazing lands characterized by abundant vegetative growth, most notably in the spring and early summer. As such, it provides an excellent locale for raising beef cattle -- so much so that local supply far exceeds the demands of the relatively sparsely populated area. A mature steer may only command a price of $4 or $5 when sold within the region. With prices so low, it’s difficult to make a profit raising cattle for the local market.

However, there is an almost insatiable demand for beef in the great industrial cities of the Great Lakes and eastern seaboard. Beeves can fetch ten times the regional price -- if only they can be delivered to the hungry populace. Railroads mitigate this difficulty in that they provide a cheap form of transportation. However, the catch is that the rails only run to the cities of New Echota in Sequoya, and to Fort Worth in the Republic of Texas. To fetch the magical $40 to $50 a head for one's cattle, it's necessary to get your beeves to these distant railheads.

To do so means embarking on a cattle drive. Though long and arduous, the rewards for a successful cattle drive are enormous. Many perils lie on the path, ones that threaten both your valuable beeves as well as your own person, and success is not measured by mere completion of the trail. Cattle arriving at the railheads as scrawny, mangy beasts are unlikely to receive top dollar – in fact, they might sell for as little as $2 a head. This outcome could be financially ruinous, since a cattle drive is a huge investment with an expectation of a big payoff at the end.

The challenge is to drive your cattle to the railheads in the shortest time possible while maintaining the size and quality of the herd.

Driving the Herd

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Cattle Drive Map (JPG)
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