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Old December 24th, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Horns Up for Longhorns

My wife and I visited friends who are registered breeders of Longhorn and Watusi-Longhorn cattle. Their herd includes some monsters, but most can be hand-fed (from behind a strong fence). All shots with Panasonic Lumix G1:

Hello, little one


Others steer clear when Big 'Un wants to be fed


Big 'Un weighs about 2,000 pounds


This young one is a Watusi-Longhorn cross and is not nearly grown yet


My wife feeding Big 'Un his favorite sausage-sized pellets
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Old December 24th, 2012, 01:02 PM
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Re: Horns Up for Longhorns

I've heard that Longhorns generally can have meaner dispositions than their peers (ie other cattle species)...true? Why does the Watsui-Longhorn (#4) seem to have his horns "clipped"/blunted and not Big-Un, he looks like he could do some real damage!
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Old December 24th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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Longhorns are usually docile, but not always. Even the gentle ones can accidentally take your head off (literally) just by swinging their heads.The Watusi cattle have enormous horns that are hollow; the crossbreeds' horns are sort of in-between. In both cases, their utility is that they can survive harsh conditions and thrive on practically any sort of grass. They also live 20 or more years and many are still breeding at that age. Their meat is lean and excellent to eat. The Watusi-Longhorns can grow to be even larger than a big pure Longhorn and on occasion turn mean. My friends had a Watusi-Longhorn that made Big 'Un look small. He had been hand-fed but was growing rambunctious and he was eventually sold to a rancher in South Texas who had a big spread, some of which was devoted to African animals. During the trip to South Texas in a big horse-and-cattle trailer, he got mad and punctured holes in the metal sides and roof. When he was off-loaded at the destination ranch, everybody got out of the way. He went on a rampage that included hoisting a four-seater golf cart on his horns and throwing it 10 feet in the air before smashing it. He went after every animal in sight before finally calming down. But nobody is hand-feeding him!
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Old December 24th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Re: Horns Up for Longhorns

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.............. But nobody is hand-feeding him!
Funny story!
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Re: Horns Up for Longhorns

those are some SERIOUS horns there !!! wow !!! thats an amazing story too about throwing the golf cart ,, I guess he did NOT enjoy his ride in the trailer !!!!! nicely presented here
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Old December 25th, 2012, 11:21 AM
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Thanks much. It was a fun day.
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Re: Horns Up for Longhorns

As a result in my military time in Texas, I got to see a lot of these big fellas. These pictures come close, I'm not sure any medium can capture the spread of those horns. Frankly, though, since restaurants like to to flaunt angus beef, I always assumed these were throwbacks to the old days of the cattle drives, and those horns were breed because "everything's bigger in Texas."
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Old December 28th, 2012, 09:42 AM
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Thanks for the response,all. Happy new year!
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