Ever hear the story of the Texas Longhorn.....here's my picture for today.
This is me, Daisy, with my manager at one of our gigs at Luckenbach, TX. I have a saddle on for kids to sit on my back while he takes a picture for them. I guess this money keeps me in oats and grass, right? Sometimes we walk in parades all around the area.
We Texas Longhorns were brought to the US by Christopher Columbus. You will notice my long horns, which can range from an expanse of six feet to over seven feet from tip to tip. I have so many relatives with very different coloring from my brown and white hide. The varieties of color ranged from bluish-grey, and various yellowish hues, to browns, black, ruddy and white, both cleanly bright and dirty-speckled. Do you use ancestry.com to track your family? I'm not quite adept at using the computer, so had to resort to Wikipedia for some background.
Apparently my ancestors were left to roam around in this hot country, so we became pretty drought and heat tolerant over the years back in the 1700s and 1800s. I'm told other cattle were more popular than my ancestors, as we weren't the beefy breeds of some of the others.
We became pretty popular in the state, when the University of Texas adopted my great-great-great grandfather Bevo as their logo and mascot back in 1917 for the sports teams.
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 and for their link to Texas history. Texas Longhorns with elite genetics can often fetch $40,000 or more at auction with the record of $170,000 in recent history for a cow.
Commercial ranchers cross-breed longhorns with other breeds for increasing hybrid vigor and easy calving characteristics. Smaller birth weights reduce dystocia for first-calf heifers.
Due to their innate gentle disposition and intelligence, Texas Longhorns are also increasingly being trained as riding steers, which is where I come in. I have to tell you my horns are sometimes a nuisance, as I can't get to the grass that's always greener on the other side of the fence!
Please click on the Wikipedia link to learn more about the Longhorns. Now it's your turn. Find a picture that speaks to you and write a story or poem, or do a bit of research. Put it on your blog, then link back here to share your story.