The Texas Longhorn
Registered Texas Longhorns that are bred for exceptional genetics, great dispositions, exciting colors, super horns, and easy keeping! We are members of the TLBAA, and abide by the Longhorn Code of Honor ™. Our Longhorns make exceptional breeding stock, show animals, pasture pets, herd sires, and trophy steers. Y4 Longhorns offers affordable prices, starter herds, and other packages!
A Little Longhorn History...
A 2013 study at the University of Texas in Austin analyzed DNA and found that the Texas Longhorns were direct descendants from the cattle brought by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Before then, there were only buffalo in the Western Hemisphere. Spaniards continued to ship cows for the next 20 years, and the Longhorns arrived in what is now Texas by the early 1600's.
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After the civil war, the long horned, rugged animals were gathered and herded north to provide beef and hides to the US and Europe. The longhorns were a main source of income for Texas in the post-war years. The cowboys that worked them made very little money but earned reputations of being the toughest around as they spent months moving the wild longhorns up the Chisolm and other trails north out of Texas.
In the early part of the 20th century, beefier European cattle rose in the markets and the Longhorns were becoming less desired. Fortunately, seven Texas ranchers were determined to preserve the breed. These families dedicated their lives to the Longhorn breed by establishing foundation herds.
In the 1960s, the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) was created to help preserve the integrity of the breed. All Y4 Longhorn cattle are registered with the TLBAA, and/or the International Texas Longhorn Association, and are Millennium Futurity Eligible.
Today, Longhorns have made a comeback not just as symbols of the Old West but they are cattle that provide great "pasture pets," show animals, breeder competitions, lean beef, and more. Texas Longhorns are bred for calm, gentle dispositions with many colors and very long horns! People prefer longhorns for various reasons, including they are disease resistant, heat resistant, can thrive on poor pasture, longevity, easy calving, and they can take care of themselves against predators.
Click on this link for more history of the Texas Longhorn.