Frequently Asked Questions about Texas Longhorn Cattle

One of the most important of these efforts was the introduction of Spanish settlers from the Canary Islands in 1731 -- notably, many of the earliest Hispanic settlers in Texas did not come from Mexico, but straight from Spanish possessions in the Old World. Many of the oldest towns in Texas, including Nacogdoches, San Antonio, Laredo and San Marcos, were also founded in this period. Such towns typically grew only slowly, for several reasons. First, various Indian tribes, above all the Comanches, constantly raided the Spanish settlements and imposed tributary status on them -- Texas was not exactly a place to get rich back then if your cattle could be stolen at any time (indeed, taxed might be a better word). As a result, Texas was for a long time a chronically unstable imperial periphery of three empires: Spanish, French and Comanche [4]. Secondly, unlike the Anglo-Saxons later to come from the east, Spanish colonial policy attempted to convert and Hispanicize the indigenous populations that were already present in regions under their control rather than simply exterminating or deporting them. Because these populations were still suffering from the introduction of epidemics from the Old World, their populations generally declined. Thirdly, Spanish colonial economic policy also tended to go for short-sighted, quick-fix solutions: find gold and get it out of the ground right now, rather than figuring out how to make agriculture and ranching productive in alien surroundings. They eventually did do this -- and gave birth to the unique Texas Longhorn cattle breeds -- but only after it became clear gold and silver were not obviously available.

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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. 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 hide their calves in safe places to avoid predation, sometimes causing difficulty for ranchers, who may need to work on the animal.

Frequently asked questions about Texas Longhorn cattle

hy is America’s oldest cattle breed attracting so much interest
The ITLA held it’s first organizational meeting October 1989. The purpose of ITLA is the development, registration, and promotion of the Texas Longhorn breed of cattle. It is membership oriented, with members in every state and foreign countries. It was founded on a generous palette of membership services and an enormous appreciation for the great Texas Longhorn cattle breed.

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The ITLA held it’s first organizational meeting October 1989. The purpose of ITLA is the development, registration, and promotion of the Texas Longhorn breed of cattle. It is membership oriented, with members in every state and foreign countries. It was founded on a generous palette of membership services and an enormous appreciation for the great Texas Longhorn cattle breed.

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