Hello! We ladies
are Dolly, Patsy, Loretta, Reba, Tammy, Emmy Lou, Tanya, Kitty,
Barbara, and June Carter! Our current boyfriend's name is Hank.
Do you see the connection? Hank is a big hunk, and we love him!
Our first boyfriend's name was Merle! There are also some other
boys on the ranch, like George Strait, that you will enjoy seeing
too. We have had lots and lots of babies, and we have kept Merle
and Hank very busy but they don't seem to mind. We LOVE, and I mean
LOVE, cow treats and we will eat right out of your hand. We know
our horns look a little intimidating but we are actually more afraid
of you than you are of us.
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 the record of $160,000 in recent history
for a cow. Due to their innate gentle dispositions and intelligence,
increasingly being trained as riding steers.
descendant of hardy Spanish cattle, the Texas Longhorn can thrive
in country where no other breed can live; subsist on weeds, cactus
and brush; range days away from water; and stay fit and fertile
whether its living in the scorching, parasite-infested tropics
or in the arid, subzero winters of Montana. The leaner longhorn
beef was not as attractive in an era where tallow was highly prized,
and the longhorn's ability to survive on often poor vegetation
of the open range was no longer as much of an issue. Other breeds
demonstrated traits more highly valued by the modern rancher,
such as the ability to put on weight quickly.
Texas longhorn stock slowly dwindled, until in 1927 the breed
was saved from almost certain extinction by enthusiasts from the
United States Forest Service, who collected a small herd of stock
to breed on a refuge in Oklahoma. A few years later, J. Frank
Dobie and others gathered small herds to keep in Texas state parks.
They were cared for largely as curiosities, but the stock's longevity,
resistance to disease and ability to thrive on marginal pastures
quickly revived the breed as beef stock.
Today, the breed is still used as a beef stock, though many Texas
ranchers keep herds purely because of their link to Texas history.
parts of North America this breed is used for much more. Longhorn
cattle have a strong survival instinct and can find food and shelter
during times of rough weather. Longhorn calves are very tough
and can stand up sooner after birth than other breeds. Longhorn
cattle can breed for a long time, well into their teens.
have been cows that have bred for up to thirty years. Some ranchers
for their easy calving. A Longhorn cow will often go off on her
own to a safe place to have the calf then bring it home. They
are also known to hide
their calves in safe places to avoid predation, sometimes causing
difficulty for ranchers, who may need to work on the animal.
are very excited to be raising these magnificent animals.
No hour of life is wasted that is spent
in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill
Fever Ranch is a working ranch and has a breeding herd of
purebred Texas Longhorn cattle. On your second day we offer you
the chance to act like a cowboy and assist in the normal activities
associated with the operation, including moving the herd from
pasture to pasture, branding, vaccinating, sorting and doctoring
the herd. These are gentle creatures
that you can feed from your hand.