- The ancestors of the Texas Longhorn
were the cattle brought to America in the 1600s.
- The Texas Longhorn was shaped largely
by natural selection and is particularly well adapted to life in Texas, Oklahoma,
Nebraska and other areas of the mid-west.
- The Longhorn's heyday was in the mid-to-late
1800s with a peak of about 5 million head.
- By the year 1900, cross-breeding had
almost eliminated the typical Longhorn.
- However, beginning in the late 1920s,
the Texas Longhorn was preserved in wildlife refuges in Oklahoma and Nebraska.
- In the 1960s, there were still only
a small number of Longhorns -- about 1500 head.
- The Longhorn is getting renewed attention
because of its genetic diversity and potential for improving other breeds of cattle.
- There are about 100,000 Texas Longhorn
cattle in the United States today.
- The Texas Longhorn is spotted and comes
in a variety of colors.
- They have long legs, high shoulders,
and an easy stride.
- Their horns average a span of 5 1/2
- The Texas
Longhorn is known for its heat tolerance, disease resistance, good mothering ability, and general toughness and adaptability.