To Honor and Respect all those who cut the trail and
to create this Distinguished Magnificent breed of Texas
Longhorns and the Miniature Texas Longhorns.
The Texas Longhorn became the foundation
of the American cattle industry by claiming first rights
in the untamed, newly discovered Americas a little over
500 years ago. In 1493, Christopher Columbus brought Spanish
cattle to Santa Domingo, and within two hundred years their
descendents would be grazing the ranges of Mexico.
In 1690, the first herd of cattle, only about 200 head, were driven
northward from Mexico to a mission near the Sabine River-a land that
would become known as Texas. The early missions and ranchers would
not survive all of the elements. But the Texas Longhorn would.
By the time of the Civil War, nearly 300 years after setting foot
in America, millions of Longhorns ranged between the mesquite-dotted
sandy banks of the Rio Bravo to the sand beds of the Sabine. Most
of the Longhorns were unbranded, survivors of Indian raids, scattered
by stampedes and weather, escaped from missions or abandoned after
The survivors of the Civil War returned home to Texas to
find abandoned ranches, unplowed farm fields—and herds of
wild cattle, which would soon become gold in their pockets.
In the next quarter century, 10 million head were trailed
North to fatten on lush Midwestern grasses or shipped directly
by rail to the beef-hungry East.
groomed by Mother Nature, carried the ideal characteristics
of resistance-they were tremendous for long drives. They
could go incredible distances without water, rustle for
their own food, fend for themselves, swim rivers, survive
the desert sun and winter snow.
But, at the turn of the century, sundown came for the Texas
Longhorn. It took less than 40 years, fenced
in land, plows and an overwhelming demand in the marketplace
to drive the Longhorn closer to extinction than the
Gradually, more breeders started raising private stock,
recognizing the value of Texas Longhorns.
The need grew for breed standards and a direct line of communication
between the Longhorn breeders.
Men & Ranches that are Pioneers of the Texas Longhorn
John Fore and the Forsite Ranch:
John Fore in 1993 decided to preserve the Texas
Longhorns and to Create the Miniature Breed through many
years of searching for the smallest genes of the breed.
Then through breeding has become the pioneer in Texas Miniature
Longhorns and one of the sought after Breeders of the Texas
Miniature Longhorns. He once had a far fetched dream and
now has seen the reality of a pure Texas Miniature Longhorns.
Milby Butler and his Family Ranches:
pioneer cattleman who began raising Texas Longhorns
in the early 1900's. His cattle trace back to the wild
cattle of east Texas and the Gulf Coast. Most of Milby's
cattle were butchered after he died in 1971 but the
best were saved by several selective breeders. The
Butler line is known for exceptional horn growth. Perhaps
the most famous Butler cattle were Bevo
Today the Bulter Bulls and Cows blood lines are sought
out for their Horns.
The WR (Wildlife Refuge) Bloodline:
WR line of Longhorns is a selective breeding that began
with the acquisition of breeding stock in 1927. Earl
Drummond, Heck Schrader, Joe Bill Lee and Elmer Parker
Jr. viewed thousands of the remaining Longhorns to
acquire 20 cows and 3 bulls to start this breed. Then
through the years more Bulls and Cows were added to
strengthen this breed line and has become one of the
most popular of today.
Graves Peeler and his Family
Peeler raised longhorns, a tradition established by
his father starting in 1931, extensively after losing
many heads of English-bred cattle in a blizzard. One
of the most well known of the Peeler cattle was YO
. The first
cow registered by the TLBAA.
Emil H. Marks and his family Ranch:
Marks in 1920 noticed due to the eastern beef requirements
that the Longhorns were disappearing so he decided
it was important to hold back some of his best animals
to enrich the Texas Longhorn Breed and Bloodlines.
M.P. Wright and the Wright Family:
in South Texas where they had a ranching & slaughter
business. So when Ranchers would bring in Longhorns
for sale, Mr. Wright would select the best Longhorns
for Breeding and this became his stock. His 1st 100
animals were acquired this way. In 1965 his herd consisted
of 222 registered Texas Longhorns.
Cap Yates and the Yates Family:
With Mr. Yates interested in the Texas Longhorns
and the purity of the “Old Type” Breed. While he was
a Ranch Forman in 1910, bought many cattle from Mexico
because they could survive on the desolate, harsh land
of South Texas and knew that the Texas Longhorns were
the only breed that could.
Jack Phillips and the Phillips Family:
Jack followed his father and grandfather in
raising Texas Longhorn cattle. Phillips had raised
Longhorns for 30 years before the TLBAA was formed
in 1964. Phillips always looked for long legs, long
bodies, slender heads, long bushy tails and good horns.
He used the selection rules of conformation first,
followed by horns and color traits. Texas
is perhaps the best known animals
from this bloodline. Known as the sire for size.