VENEZUELA: Cowboy Comeback

Naked children scuttled to cover behind mud huts. Startled vultures lurched up from the roadway. Down the muddy roads of Venezuela's back country roared a ten-ton Fruehauf truck-trailer. Loaded with chilled beef from the Government's new slaughterhouse at inland Calabozo, it was bound on a twelve-hour haul to the meat-hungry markets of Caracas.

The trucks (20 more followed the first), the road (passable except in floods), and the fancy new slaughterhouse and refrigeration plant were part of the Government's plan to put the once cattle-rich llanos (plains) back on the map.

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