Your Guide to Texas Longhorns
Since the 1920s, Texas Longhorns are at ranches not just for food but also for display. The cattle are very diverse in color and pattern, and they have unique horns. Their horns can extend up to 4 feet from tip to tip and can have a unique slight upward turn at their tips or even triple twists. Many breeders offer Texan Longhorns with different horns and color patterns, so diveristy is assured among the cattle.
Texas Longhorns may be more popular as displays of the "Old West" but they serve other purposes as well. The breed is specifically known for its lean beef which is very low in fat, cholesterol, and calories. Texas Longhorns are also kept because of their "openness" for crossbreeding and their great adaptability - the breed is capable of thriving in areas where it would not be possible for any other cattle breed to live. Furthermore, because of their gentleness and unquestionable intelligence, Texas Longhorn steers can make for great riding animals.
Due to the variety and uniqueness of Texas Longhorns, top of the top quality Longhorns can fetch a tremendous price. Though some cattle are sold at a public auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars, good quality females can be found for much lower prices.
There are 2 breed registry associations for Texas Longhorn cattle - The Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America and the International Texas Longhorn Association.