Argentina: Beef Bonanza

From the lush Pampas to dusty Patagonia, Argentine ranchers converged last week on Buenos Aires' fashionable Palermo Park to witness one of the year's most important rites: the judging of prize cattle at the Palermo Agricultural Show. Bulls so fat that they could hardly waddle were accompanied by cows to supply the ten gallons of milk, spiced with two dozen eggs, that the bulls drink each day. Peons attended the beasts' every need and rigidly enforced antinoise regulations during their four-hour siesta. Argentines take the whole thing very seriously, and with good reason: much of their nation's welfare is...

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