Featuring Premier Texas Longhorns For Sale.
Jeanne and I began our journey into longhorn cattle in 2000 when she
gave me a longhorn steer for my birthday to celebrate my years at The
University of Texas (yeah Bevo). At that time we were raising Charolais
cattle. It wasn't long before our eyes always turned to the color and
the unique personality traits of Stormy, our longhorn steer, and the
Charolais cattle soon became bland and uninteresting. Within two weeks,
we dispersed our Charolais herd of cattle and began our fascinating and
rewarding experience of raising Registered TexasLonghorn cattle.
It has been exciting and rewarding finding just the right cross to
produce that one-of-a-kind heifer, cow, or bull for a potential herd
sire. Our quest for more "horn" will never end! Our goal is to focus on
the complete package for our Texas longhorn breeding program. It is our
vision at Bentwood Ranch to offer registered Texas Longhorn cattle for
sale with maximum horn length potential, outstanding conformation,
unique color, and size to produce heavy calves at weaning age. Our goal
to breed exceptional, registered Texas Longhorns through years of
strategic research into genetics of bloodline traits found in specific
pedigrees. Understanding the genetics for the correct cross of the right
cow to the right bull to produce the desired result is the key to the
success of our Texas Longhorn breeding program. The mix of different
genetics in our Texas Longhorn breeding program produce a diversity of
eye-catching color, desired dispositions, correct conformation, and of
course, maximum horn growth.
Before we continue our discussion on the attributes of our Texas
Longhorn breeding program, let's step back into history and take a look
at the origin of the Texas Longhorn cattle. Over four hundred years ago,
in 1493, Columbus landed in Santo Domingo with the first cattle
destined for the new world. These cattle were descended from Andalusian
cattle and evolved without the interference of man for hundreds of
years. This began an evolutionary process that would create a breed of
cattle unique to the Americas-a cattle breed that would forever change
the face of a continent and symbolize an era unparalleled for its
lasting mystique. Developed through natural selection, the Texas
Longhorn cattle flourished to over 4,000,000 by 1860 in Texas alone,
reaching a total population over 10,000,000 at their height. The history
of the Longhorn cattle fostered many legends. An estimated 35,000 men
trailed these 10,000,000 Longhorn cattle northward from Texas to Kansas
and other distant markets between the end of the Civil War and the turn
of the century. They lived the legends of the drudgery and hardship of
the long drives with unforgettable memories of raging rivers and
unpredictable stampedes. Two great books on the history of these cattle
drives are "The Longhorns" by J. Frank Dobie and "The Trail Drivers of
Texas" by J. Marvin Hunter.
Less than fifty years later, driven to the brink of extinction by
barbwire and the importation of European "improved" breeds, the Texas
Longhorn cattle numbered a mere 2,500 in total. The Texas Longhorn
cattle came closer to extinction than the buffalo or the whooping crane.
With the number of Texas Longhorn cattle decimated and its popularity
diminishing, six dedicated Texas Longhorn ranchers and the W.S. Parks
and Wildlife Department decided to try and save what was left of these
majestic and historic cattle. The seven genetic families are of the
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Milby Butler, Jack Philips, M.P.
Wright, Graves Peeler, "Cap" Yates and Emil Marks. Without these seven
genetic families it is not probable that the Texas Longhorn cattle would
exist for our enjoyment today.