We all love treats!

 

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.

 

 

 

Hank

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 the record of $160,000 in recent history for a cow. Due to their innate gentle dispositions and intelligence, Texas June CarterLonghorns
are increasingly being trained as riding steers.

 

 

The 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 it’s 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.

 

Loretta


The 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.

Reba

 


Today, the breed is still used as a beef stock, though many Texas ranchers keep herds purely because of their link to Texas history.
In other 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.

 

Longhorn calves
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There have been cows that have bred for up to thirty years. Some ranchers keep Longhorns 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 Longhorn calveshide their calves in safe places to avoid predation, sometimes causing difficulty for ranchers, who may need to work on the animal.

 

 

 

 

 

We are very excited to be raising these magnificent animals.

 

TanyaTammyGeorge Straight

 

 


No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

 


Moving the herd to another pasture.

 

Spotted 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.