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Thursday
Feb022017

Longhorn vs. Watusi - Recognizing Breed Characteristics.

Let me start by saying, this article is not meant in any way to be accusatory to anyone or their breeding program. It is being written with the soul intent to help educate newer Texas Longhorn Breeders about the differences between the breed characteristic of the Texas Longhorn and other horned breeds of cattle, mainly the Watusi. I am not saying we do or do not have Watusi influence in today's Longhorn cattle but I do believe that breeders need to be able to recognize the differences in the breed characteristics of the Texas Longhorn vs. the Watusi. We are going to take a look at these differences and make a point by point comparison.  

 Photo B & D   1) The Poll/ Top of Head with V shape.  2) The forehead has a slight V in it.  3) Horn shell and hairline starts a good distance from the side of the head.   4 on B & 2 on D) Eye socket set differently than a Longhorn.   5) Bone space between the skull side and the start of the outer horn shell is larger than the Longhorn. Photo C   1) Tail head   2) Slope from hooks to pins.   3) Navel

Look at Photo A. Is this bull a Longhorn? Is this bull a Watusi? Is this bull a Longhorn Watusi cross that is sometimes called a LongTusi? When you look at the bull as a whole it may not be easy for you to tell for sure which is the correct answer.

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Tuesday
Dec272016

Care for Older Cattle

Texas Longhorn cattle are known for their longevity, living into their mid to late teens. There are documented accounts of cattle living into their twenties with some making it into their thirties. While living that long is a major accomplishment for a bovine some of these animals even continue to produce quality offspring along the way. In the case of most of these cattle they do this with little to no extra help. It's my opinion that we are seeing a decrease in the longevity in our breed, but that is a whole other topic for another day.

 In this brief article, we are going to talk about the little extra care that a breeder can provide for the senior cows in the herd. Sometimes new breeders find it more affordable to purchase older proven cattle to hopefully build their herd. This is not always an affordable way to go but rather a costly way when you are not prepared to provided the extra care they may need.  I am not saying "don't buy older cattle" but rather educate yourself and be prepared to go the extra mile for them. The cow pictured above is one of those older cows (18+yrs) that holds up well and doesn't look or show her age. She has maintained her body condition while simply running on good pasture. She calves regularly and breeds back quickly. As a matter of fact she calved not long after this photo was taken and bred back 25 days after calving. So she is one of those easy keeping older cows. Not all older cows are this easy to care for but they can be worth the effort.  

There a few simple things that I feel a breeder can do to help these older cows out  in hopes of getting a few more calves on the ground from them. Click for complete article

Wednesday
Jul132016

My Thoughts and Observations on Phenotype  

Updated on July 7th 2016

Just My Thoughts and Observations From over 35 years of Working with TEXAS LONGHORNS 
I find it hard to realize that  June of 2015 marked my thirty fifth year of being involved with the Texas Longhorn Breed. It was at the young age of 12 years old that I developed my passion for this wonderful and majestic breed. That passion still burns deep within me today and I couldn't image myself without Longhorns in my life. God has blessed me with the ability to work with these great cattle as a way of make a living. God not only blessed me with being able to work with a breed of cattle that I love but in the process, He has blessed me with many wonderful friends. All I can say is it has been an awesome journey!  
Over my 35 years of working with Longhorns I have accumulated a pretty large collection of Longhorn magazines and sale catalogs. On rainy and dreary days I sometimes enjoy going through my collection and reflecting on the history that I have had the honor of witnessing in the breed.  I thought it would be nice to give the new breeders and those interested in the breeds history a chance to see where this breed has come from I have attached pictures of the pages from sale catalogs from 25 to 30 years ago. The interest in the cattle was high and the numbers of registered Texas Longhorn cattle were very low back in the 1980's. As you look over these catalog pages, you will notice that there are a few names that you will be familiar with and others that you will not know or may have only heard mentioned by another long time breeder. A lot of  Texas Longhorn breeders, Longhorn enthusiast, collectors and hobbyist that have come before us. Some had a major impact on the breed while others just simply enjoyed the breed and had little too no long term impact on the breed. Some of the cattle in these catalogs can be found in the pedigrees of today's cattle.
From Sale Catalogs in 1980's....CLICK FOR COMPLETE STORY

 

 

Wednesday
Sep242014

Buying Cattle at Auction vs Private Treaty

 

What are some of the reasons for not buying or for being cautious when buying at an auction?  

1) Always remember that the animal is being offered for a reason.  

a. Ask yourself “why is this animal being sold?” Is this animal in the sale because it has a defect such as poor fertility, bad udder, poor quality offspring or bad habits. Have you seen this animal in several different sales within the last year? Repeat sale appearances could mean there is a problem with the animal.

b. The animal could be in the sale simply because the seller is overstocked, is short on pasture/hay or has kept offspring out of this animal.

But how do you know which of these is the case. You must be observant when looking at the animal, ask questions of the seller if they are available and check production records.

 2) You have to make a buying decision in a matter of a few seconds before the auctioneer slams the gavel and says “sold”.

3) You can get caught up in the bidding and end up over spending.

4) The consignor will need a higher sale price for the animal due to their added expenses, high consignment fees and commissions that are charged by most sales.  

5) You should always be aware of who you are bidding against. In some cases it might be a friend or someone who has been instructed to run the bidding up to the price the seller wants for that animal.  

6) At some sales a floor or minimum has been set by the sale promoter to keep the sale average higher. Sales have the right to do this, but the floor prices should be announced before the sale. This is not always done and it creates a problem for you as a buyer, because you won’t know the true market value of the cattle. Market Value: the amount that a seller could expect to obtain for property or goods sold on the open market.

7) Sometimes you can end up traveling to a sale only to have all the cattle you are interested in sell for prices that are out of your price range. You still have the travel expense, but no cattle to show for it.  

Now let’s take a look at some of the aspects, both positive and negative, of purchasing cattle by “private treaty”. Private Treaty is the sale of property according to terms negotiated between the buyer and seller. This method of selling and purchasing cattle generally only involves the seller and the buyer. There is no auctioneer, ringmen, multiple buyers or sale Management Company involved in this type of sale. It is more of a one-on-one approach.  

What are some of the negative reasons for purchasing cattle by Private Treaty?

1) May require a great deal of traveling in order to acquire different genetics that you are interested in adding to your program.  

2) As a prospective buyer you may feel pressured by some sellers to make a purchase. Most breeders will be happy to show you their cattle and program without pressuring you to make a purchase.

3) The price is set by the seller and it may or may not reflect the market value of the animal. In other words, if you plan on reselling the animal shortly after you have purchased it, you may or may not get your money back out of the animal. When you consider the price, you need to decide if you are willing to pay that amount to have the animal in your herd. Is the animal worth it to you? It’s that simple.

4) You will probably receive little to no public recognition of your purchases unless the seller places a “thank you” ad in a breed magazine. This could be considered a pro or a con depending on the buyer’s perspective.

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Monday
Mar172014

What can you get with Butler Genetics?

90 Inches of Horn Tip-to-Tip

A Public Auction Price of $61,000

 Longest Horn Cow to Sale at Public Auction

Like a lot of the biggest horned cattle in our industry this beautiful cow traces back to Butler Genetics. Her pedigree is a least 34.375 % Butler.