The Texas Longhorn is a breed of cattle known for its characteristic horns, which can extend to 4 feet (1.2 m) tip-to-tip for steers and exceptional cows and bulls in the 70 to 80 inches (1.8 to 2.0m) tip-to-tip range. Horns can have a slight upward turn at their tips or even a triple twist. Texas Longhorns are known for their extremely diversified coloring. The Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America and the International Texas Longhorn Association serve as the recognized registries for the breed.
Texas Longhorns with elite genetics can often fetch up to $40,000 or more at auction with a record of $160,000 in recent history for a cow. Due to their innate gentle dispositions and intelligence, Texas
Longhorns are increasingly being trained as riding steers.
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Their population plummeted to near extinction in the 1920s. It took guidance from the United States government to increase their numbers.
Both male Longhorn bulls and female cows have horns.
They are not related to the English Longhorn. And they don’t look anything like them, either. Sometimes they are mistaken for Watusi cattle, though.
The Longhorn didn’t become the Texas state large mammal until 1995.
The hardy breed was used to travel long distances because, unlike other cattle, the animal could forage on brush and survive for days without water.
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