Registered Texas Longhorn Cows at Harcrow Longhorns

When two of the George Grant bulls were exhibited in the fall of 1873 at the Kansas City (Missouri) Livestock Exposition, some considered them "freaks" because of their polled (naturally hornless) heads and solid black color (Shorthorns were then the dominant breed). Grant, as a solution, crossed the bulls with native Texas longhorn cows, producing a large number of hornless black calves that survived well on the winter range. Descendants of that cross became the foundation of the most popular cattle breed in America.

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How do you choose the names for your cows? Have you always used Bible verses as names for your Texas Longhorns?
When I named our first calves, I named them after old girlfriends but Debbie didn't like that idea. Then I named after my children's school friends but they didn't like it when I sold the cattle. I then started using Biblical names. Not only did the cattle have names but it was a way to witness and give credit where credit was due. The only ones who had a problem with Biblical names were some show announcers who had trouble pronouncing some of the names like Meshach, Naamah, etc. In 2003, a good friend of ours from our church passed away. He liked our Texas Longhorns and the pictures on our web site. I wanted to recognize him with one of the animals, but his name was Ray and there were no "Ray"s in the Bible. So I named a young bull after Ray's favorite Bible verse, Romans 8:28. The bull was good enough to show and when we took him to shows (both ITLA and TLBAA), he won his class at ten out of eleven shows he was in. He also did well in the Championship rounds, winning Jr. Champion several times and Sr. Champion once. It seemed a good idea to use other Bible verses for names and we did. An interesting thing happened when we started naming them out of the Bible- the cattle did better at shows than their mothers and fathers had done when we used more common names. When we started using Bible verses they did even better still!
The extra benefit of using the Bible verses as names is sometimes people who see the name will open the Bible to find out what the verse says and get a blessing! I believe any time you read the Bible you get a Blessing. In addition, years after I've named my last Texas Longhorn people doing research on pedigrees will come across those Texas Longhorn cows and bulls named after Bible verses and some will open the Bible to find out what the verse is, and get a blessing also! The Bible verses we chose today are something our preacher has preached about, our Sunday school teacher has taught about, or verses we have read in the Bible.

Registered Texas Longhorn Cows at Harcrow Longhorns.

Some of the original Texas Longhorn cows purchased for placement in the U.S This page shows a gallery of most of the cows that we have either sold or who have died. These cows play an important part in the pedigree of the Texas Longhorns that we are breeding. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image. There is also a of the very first fullblood Texas Longhorn cows that we ever bred.

Registered Texas Longhorn Cows at Billingsley Longhorns

The vector illustration "Texas longhorn cows silhouettes collection cattle" from is available on Fotolia under a royalty-free license (Credit from Fortunately, calving problems are virtually non-existent with Texas Longhorn cows. They give birth unassisted to calves that get up quickly to nurse and are ready to travel. Furthermore, many commercial cattlemen are beginning to take advantage of the ease of calving offered by the use of Texas Longhorn bulls..74).

Texas Longhorn Cows - LL Longhorns