Friday, June 19, 2020

An Escape - or Maybe Not

I heard bellowing yesterday afternoon when I got home from work. It didn't stop, so I thought I should investigate. Sure enough, one of our cows, it was Jane, had crossed over the fence line and was in the neighbor's woods. She left her calf behind, along with the other cows and the bull. Then she stood there bellowing. Now, why did she even go over the fence when she had good grass, water and shade, everything she could ever need or want, right where she belonged? I guess she's illustrating traits we humans sometimes have... Like they say, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. NOT!
I called my dad and let him know about the cow, and to ask for his help.  Although I had taken a rope and a buggy whip with me, I had failed to take any range pellets (those things are worth their weight in gold!).  After picking him up at the creek, we raced back to the back property line, bribed the rest of the herd away from the fence with pellets, tried to find a break in the fence line where the cow went through, and then pushed down the fence and led the cow back over.  Once that was done, we raced back to the barn for tee posts, back to the back fence line, and I held the fence while my dad drove the posts in -- by the light of the headlights from the trail wagon.
Crazy cows!  Gotta love 'em. :) 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Herd Reduction Sale 2020

We have too much of a good thing!  It's always sad to see any of our animals go, but we would like to sell some of our "original" cows so we can keep their fabulous looking daughters.  We are also selling two of our bulls, making room for a new bloodline.  

We will sell individual animals, more than one, or the whole lot.  You decide.  Note that we have not bred back our cows.  We plan to do that in June, unless you make an offer in May. If you are interested in breeding to one of our bulls, let us know; we'll keep your cow for you for an additional period of time.

Check out our Sales Pen page for available animals.  We can't wait to hear from you! 

You can reach us on Facebook here (send us a private message) - https://www.facebook.com/GBCLonghorns/

Our e-mail address is gbclonghorns@gmail.com









Thursday, December 19, 2019

How to Measure a Longhorn's Horns



So, how do you measure a longhorn's horns?  Very carefully!  Although most of our longhorns are very docile, we do have a skittish one every once in a while.  Overall, with a man on each side of the chute, my dad pushing them into the squeeze chute (did you know you can twist a cow's tail and she'll go in fairly easily?), and me herding the cows down the lane and writing down measurements, we measured the horns of all six of our senior mamas. 



Our measurements are not "official" by the Texas Longhorn Breeder's Association of America (TLBAA) rules.  But, we did get good measurements.  So, what makes up the measurements?  There is the Tip-to-Tip (TTT), the Total Horn (TH), the Composite (COMP), and the Twist measurement.  

The TTT measurement is the distance between the outside tips of the horns; we took this measurement.  The TH was next and was a bit harder.  This measurement requires you to measure from one tip, by following the curve of the horn to the base, going behind the poll, and following the opposite curve of the horn to its tip.  We took this measurement, too.  The COMP measurement adds the TTT, the TH, and the circumference of both bases.  We didn't calculate this measurement, but it would be simple enough.  We did take the circumference measurements at the base of the horns.  Lastly is the Twist measurement, which we did not take, but which follows the growth grain of the horn, which can be pretty twisty. 




We wanted to measure Ferdinand's horns (our bull), and although he was very gentle, he was not having it!  I am glad there was no photo/video of THAT incident!  I walked him into the chute, and everything was good until he saw he was blocked on the other end.  He decided to turn around and come back out, and there was no holding him (and shouldn't have been any holding).  He pushed through my section of the fence, shouldered his way down to my dad, knocked him down with his shoulder, and then jumped over him!  There is no way you can stop an animal that large when it's made up its mind about something.  Later on, Ferdinand "jumped" the corral, coming down on the top bar with his hindquarters and smashing it.  He has a habit of jumping corral fences...



Interesting trivia:
Both males and females have horns, with the horns of the female being longer and those of the male being larger at the base.  The horns of a steer (castrated male) are longer that those of the bull (intact male).  The horns of a longhorn grow throughout its life, and since a longhorn can live into it's twenties, you can have some fairly long horns.  

Photo credits go to my sister.






Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Horn Measurements

Dunn Kicker - "Belle" - August 26, 2019
DUNN KICKER - "Belle"

DOB: 11/6/2013
COLOR:  Parker brown and white  

Horn Measurements as of December 7, 2019
Tip to Tip - 78 1/2"
Total Horn - 85 7/8"
Left Circumference - 10 7/8"
Right Circumference - 10 3/4"


Dancer 306 - Dot - August 26, 2019
DANCER 306 - "Dot"

DOB: 11/04/2013
COLOR:  Red head and legs with spots on body; white spot on forehead

Horn Measurements as of December 7, 2019
Tip to Tip - 83"
Total Horn - 92"
Left Circumference - 11 1/2"
Right Circumference - 11 1/8"



Dunn Roy Ann - Dakota - August 26, 2019
DUNN ROY ANN - "Dakota"

DOB: 12/21/2015
COLOR:  Red head, white body

Horn Measurements as of December 7, 2019
Tip to Tip - 61"
Total Horn - 70 7/8"
Left Circumference - 11 3/8"
Right Circumference - 11 1/2"

Defined - Fawn 
DEFINED - "Fawn"

DOB: 11/13/2013
COLOR:  Red head and neck, specks on body 

Horn Measurements as of December 7, 2019
Tip to Tip - 70 1/2"
Total Horn - 83 3/4"
Left Circumference - 11 1/2"
Right Circumference - 12"

Cowboy's Lady - Lady - August 26, 2019
COWBOY'S LADY - "Lady"

DOB: 1/10/2016
COLOR:  Red

Horn Measurements as of December 7, 2019
Tip to Tip - 65 5/8"
Total Horn - 75 3/4"
Left Circumference - 11 1/4"
Right Circumference - 10 7/8"

Tanked Up Dolly - Dolly - August 26, 2019
TANKED UP DOLLY - "Dolly"

DOB: 3/31/2016
COLOR:  Brindle head and neck with white body

Horn Measurements as of December 7, 2019
Tip to Tip - 63 3/4"
Total Horn - 71 7/8"
Left Circumference - 11 5/8"
Right Circumference - 11"



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