What makes the Texas Longhorn unique?
The Texas Longhorn is a truly
"American" breed of cattle. What makes the Longhorn different than
other breeds is that the breed developed naturally from the first
cattle that were brought to this country 500 years ago. Natural
selection and adaptation to the environment are the forces that
shaped the development of the Longhorn. They reached their highpoint
in the middle of the 19th century, but by the beginning of the 20th
century, they were almost gone, due to fenced in range and new
crossbreeding efforts to improve the quality of American beef.
Due to changes in the economics of the cattle industry, there is new
interest in the Longhorn and its characteristics of high fertility,
easy calving, disease resistance and its ability to thrive on
marginal range lands.