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Advantages of Texas Longhorn Cattle

Advantages of Texas Longhorn Cattle – a Guideline

What are Texas Longhorn Cattle used for? – back to the basics…..

So you’ve been thinking about getting a couple of Texas Longhorn Cattle.

They are beautiful and majestic but it’s not like you can try them out for a couple of weeks, assess the advantages and disadvantages and then change your mind. Above all, what are they used for? Don’t Texas Longhorn Cattle  have a reputation of being difficult to handle? and those horns can get really long and in the way.

Maybe you’ve had experience with other breeds of cattle or maybe you are not familiar with cattle at all.

Whatever your circumstances, we think you will agree that you need to be as sure as you can be that Texas Longhorn cattle are for you, that your objectives are met and that the advantages are beneficial to you, before you even look at what’s available to purchase.


When you break it down, the consideration is quite simple. After almost 20 years with our Texas Longhorn cattle herd, we can say with confidence that it really depends on what you want to accomplish.

This may seem overly simplistic but for those that stick it out, including us to a degree, many Texas longhorn cattle owners change the nature of their initially purchased herd, sometimes at great expense. The thing is that there are a number of different uses for Texas longhorn cattle and we cover all these uses on this page, so read on……..


Let’s face it, the one obvious advantage that Texas Longhorn cattle have is that they are stunning to look at. Unlike many other breeds, there are no two animals alike, unless you buy a clone. They are therefore easy to tell apart. What’s more, another advantage, if you love Texas, is that Texas longhorn cattle are inherently TEXAS!

Apart from the above, though, Texas Longhorn cattle as an investment can get real expensive. To date, the highest purchase price paid for a Longhorn is $700 000.00, for HR Rosetta at the Herdsman Legends Sale, in September 2022

Now, we’re not saying that everyone will strive to set new records. All the same, whatever your budget is, expenses do add up and mistakes can be costly as is the case with all farming activities.

Were you that person, or do you know someone who studied for a diploma or a degree, qualified, only to follow a different occupation?

It turns out that many of us pursue another career path, other than what we studied. In a funny way, the same is true for Texas Longhorn cattle ranchers. You don’t want to be the Texas longhorn owner who doesn’t stick it out for the long haul. OR, even worse, that rancher who buys a longhorn herd that is of no use to you in the long run.


Stay with us for a moment longer. Most paths you take will certainly be rewarding with many inherent advantages. And, although having a Texas Longhorn in your pasture may exceed your expectations overall, the longhorn you land up with may not necessarily turn out to be what you hoped for if that longhorn falls short of your objectives.

As it happens, it’s interesting to bear in mind that what constitutes a great Texas Longhorn is fairly subjective. What one Texas longhorn cattle breeder views as an advantage may not necessarily be an advantage to you.

HISTORICALLY, the foundation families who’s ranching efforts saved the breed, maintained Texas Longhorn cattle for different reasons from each other. In other words, the foundation families of the longhorn breed had different uses for their longhorn herds. Ultimately, their longhorn cattle had differing characteristics from each other.

Similarly, modern day Texas longhorn breeders breed for an assortment of different uses, characteristics and features depending on their own preferences and considerations of what a Texas Longhorn should be used for and what they consider to be advantages of Texas longhorn Cattle.


Make no mistake, there are ranchers out there who have been involved in the industry for many more years than we have and who run larger Texas Longhorn cattle herds, Additionally, many are actively involved in the various associations.

We are continuously learning from our own experiences and from others. In doing so we have realized that the advantage or advantages you perceived from your Texas longhorn cattle is/are fundamentally dependent on a few basic principles that many ranchers OVERLOOK.

It’s amazing how many brush this aside as common sense and overlook the process which essentially starts by assessing your OBJECTIVES.

Below, and with no obligation to you, we have outlined a step-by-step guide highlighting what Texas Longhorn cattle are used for.

Additionally, we have consolidated relevant articles, good reads and miscellaneous information that will help to make your informed decisions regarding Texas Longhorn Cattle.

Our experience with Texas Longhorn cattle continues to be magical – below are some pointers to ensure yours is too.

** Additional Good Reads **

16 Tips for Texas longhorn cattle ranchers in Texas

Are Texas longhorn cattle dangerous? – A real farm story

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Quality Texas Longhorn Cattle registered with TLBAA

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Your objectives are paramount in deciding what Texas Longhorn cattle are right for you

What will I use my longhorns for? In other words, what is my objective?

ag exemption

Are you considering purchasing Texas Longhorn Cattle solely to fulfill an Agricultural Exemption prerequisite?

If so, you may not necessarily require animals that are registered with any organization. And even if you do, it may be beneficial for you to ascertain that your Texas Longhorns live up to their reputation of being able to withstand harsh conditions without having being bred under cover, for example,  or with supplemental feed like sweet feed.

For additional information on Ag Exemption, here is a link to our BLOG on the subject

For how to apply for Ag Exemption in Texas go to comptroller.texas.gov

For Pleasure

There is no doubt that Texas Longhorn Cattle are impressive to look at. They decorate any pasture. They are synonymous with Texas and are in fact a heritage breed.

For more information of Texas longhorn cattle over the last 100 years CLICK HERE

The Livestock Conservancy has listed Texas Longhorns as a heritage breed on the critically endangered list.

The Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registery  (CTLR)  aims to promote Texas Longhorn cattle that are “historically correct and genetically pure.”

Modern day Texas Longhorns are fundamentally different. (see TLBAA)

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Texas Longhorn cattle are dual foragers. They graze grass and browse leaves simultaneously. They eat a wider range of foliage compared with many other Breeds of cattle. They eat briars, cactus, leaves and brush foliage, over and above grazing. Marks, who established one of the original Longhorn herds in the early to mid 1900’s said, “Longhorns thrive where other breeds would starve.” (The Texas Longhorn, Worcester, D Texas A & M University press p74 1994)

One of our most well read blog posts is this one:-

15 Awesome reasons why ranchers raise Texas longhorn cattle

For a list of their other habits, read our blog > 11 habits of our longhorn cattle herd. 

the longest horns on a Texas longhorn

cowboy Tuff chex, the longest horn spread in a longhorn bull.

Poncho Via is a longhorn Steer who once held the record for the longest horned Steer. View the video here


determine the size of your Texas longhorn cattle herd

How many Texas longhorn cattle should I have?

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The Appraisal district

The Appraisal District is a great place to start whether you are currently a rancher or if you have just purchased a parcel of land. Your District is constantly checking the Use of Agricultural land. Not only can you confirm what Exemptions your land has but you can gain advise on additional Agricultural Exemptions they may be relevant to you. Further, if you are not sure, confirming that Texas Longhorn Cattle will qualify you for Ag Exemption, is a good idea.

For links and other resources in Texas, read our Farm Blog post –

Texas longhorn cattle – the sensible solootion to Ag Exemption

16 TIPS for Texas longhorn cattle ranchers in Texas

Soil Conservation

In Texas, your area’s Soil Conservation district representative can give you information about your land’s sustainability. They have research data on what to plant and when and how many head of cattle per acre your land can maintain.

In addition, Texas longhorn cattle require less forage than most other breeds of cattle, They will also eat a more variable diet as they are browsers as well as grazers. A unique advantage of the Texas longhorn cattle breed we find beneficial.

Our farm blog post – 11 Habits of of our Texas Longhorn Cattle herd, lists other benefits and advantages of the breed pertaining to us personally.

personal circumstances

Texas longhorn cattle have a herd mentality. They do not like to be alone. Having said that, everybody’s circumstances are unique. So whether you have two or twenty will be a factor of your purse, your preference and your property, taking into account the points  detailed above as well as the quality of your fencing, water access and equipment.

Some other Farm Blog posts you may find interesting:-

16 tips | BEFORE you bring your Texas longhorn
Calf home….


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