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Texas Longhorns A Texas Icon
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Texas Longhorns are as much a symbol of Texas as the state flower, bluebonnets. The cattle's legacy is rich and deep, spanning centuries - and even continents. They got their name from their location of origin and their characteristic horns. The Texas Longhorn's long horns grow outward from the sides of the head to spans up to 7 feet.
The Texas longhorn is a rarity among cattle breeds because it developed naturally rather than as a product of human selective breeding. They reach maximum weight in less than 10 years and produce exceptionally lean meat. Longhorn beef has less cholesterol than a skinless chicken breast. Longhorns are fun and fascinating; they come in every color under the sun, every color pattern and color mix, including some rare colors like lavender and mulberry. Horns also come in a variety of colors, shapes, twists and lengths. As a general rule the longer the horns, the more valuable the cow. Only cows have twisted horns.
Few things are as symbolic of the Lone Star State as the Texas longhorn.
August 3rd, 2014
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