Where science and history meet at the horns

Cattlemen's Texas Longhorn Conservancy

Texas Longhorn Conservancy is dedicated to scientific and historical research and education associated with heritage Texas Longhorn cattle, we recognize the value of this national treasure in its original phenotype (appearance) and genotype (genetics) for longhorn breeding. We provide ongoing resources toward research and education pertaining to the conservation (preservation and protection) of this naturally evolved, historic breed.

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Texas Longhorn Conservancy – Where history and science meet at the horns; witness the incredible power of modern DNA science combined with the rich heritage of the Texas Longhorn.

Our team of Geneticists are developing a DNA analysis that will identify cattle possessing the genetics of bovines that trace back to the original 1800’s Texas Longhorn.

Peruse our site for detailed information about the origin of the Texas Longhorn and its evolution into America’s first breed of cattle, helping you to understand its historic significance to the American west and its place in the future of our nation’s food security.

Your donation will help preserve the legacy of the Texas Longhorn for future generations of longhorn breeding. Join us and rally at the horn conserving the legend and heredity of the Texas Longhorn!

Call to Action

"Local breeds are at risk of being completely replaced or crossbred out of existence. Every week, we lose an average of two domestic animal breeds around the world. Thousands are endangered."
Jeannette Beranger
The Livestock Conservancy

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”
Genesis 1:24

Prayer of St. Basil
“The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our brothers the animals to whom thou has given the earth as their home in common with us. We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty, so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to Thee in song, has been a groan of travail. May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for Thee, and that they love the sweetness of life.”

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of earth.”

Henry Beston  (1928)  The Outermost House

Cattlemen's Texas Longhorn Conservancy