Founded in 2005 as a not-for-profit corporation and bestowed the tax exempt status of a 501(c)3 public charity, the mission of the Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Conservancy is to engage in scientific and historical research, education and other charitable purposes associated with the conservation of original Texas Longhorn cattle.
We wish to thank our underwriters: Granite Harbor Advisors, Debbie Adams, Farr Cross Ranch, DWD Longhorns, Tom Marrow, and supporters Jayson Wayne Cox, Monroe Sullivan, Mercedes Boot Company, TrueWestHome.com, Mardee Calkins, Robin & Jimmy Vaughan, Lewis Fisher, Russell Tiner Cross T Ranch and Lisa Crow Photography whose generosity made the Longhorn Hero dinner a memorable farm-to-table experience at Cielito Lindo Ranch near Wimberley, Texas. A delicious Texas Longhorn beef dinner was prepared by Chef Tim Mehne. Backyard Green Films provided the evening's featured film The Holstein Dilemma.
Texas’s first beef breed, the original CTLR Texas Longhorn is now on the Livestock Conservancy’s List of 150 Critically Endangered Heritage Breeds. Once numbering in the tens of millions, the CTLR Texas Longhorn’s population is estimated at only 3,000 animals, worldwide. Cattleman’s Texas Longhorn Conservancy (CTLC) works closely with Cattleman’s Texas Longhorn Registry (CTLR), the ONLY Texas Longhorn breeders group dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the historically correct Texas Longhorn phenotypes and supports The Livestock Conservancy. Historic genotype Texas Longhorn cattle are declared Critically Endangered by the Livestock Conservancy. CTLR Texas Longhorn beef was named to the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste in 2016.
Imported to the Western Hemisphere more than five hundred years ago by the earliest Spanish explorers, the Texas Longhorn played a significant role in the history of the Americas and became recognized as North America’s original bovine. Nearly cross-bred into extinction following the great Western trail drives, the Texas Longhorn was acknowledged as a national treasure by the U.S. Congress, which in 1927 established a protected herd on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.
The Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Conservancy recognizes the value of this national treasure in its original phenotype (appearance) and genotype (genetics) and is intended to provide ongoing resources toward research and education pertaining to this naturally evolved, historic breed.
P.O. Box 122 - Tarpley, Texas 78883 - (830) 562-3650