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a video of my small herd of Longhorn cattle on the Tabernacle Hill Ranch in San Saba County Texas....made to look as it were filmed in the early days days of moving pictures.....
How many Longhorns do you have.? I can tell you have fun with this.
I keep generally about 7 to 8 head at any one given time.....let's see....we'll count them up.....I began my operation with what you call two foundation heifers......of course they soon become cows after they are bred and become pregnant.....so we began with two foundation cows, soon we added for pasture interest our "Pasture ornament" our resident "guard steer", Road Warrior, or Roadie for short.....his real intent and purpose is to just add a little interest to the pasture.....just a big ol pet so to speak.....he is not very friendly though.....long time breeders and raisers of stock say that if I were to live on the place and interact with my stock every day.....hand feeding cubes (protein snacks) and what not, that soon they would answer to their names just like a dog and eventually I could most likely get Roadie and the others to come up to me, be able to touch him/them at will, maybe even get up on top of him and ride him......have to have a saddle of course.....the fellow I bought him from raised him from a calf to about a year old with the intent to make him into a riding steer.....but he never went that far with his training until I came along and wanted him more than he did......he is what he is.......even in death he is worth about 1500 bucks, that is for his head and hide.......he has an impressive set of horns and in the Longhorn world that is the name of the game.....and he is really kinda small compared to some world class steers/bulls.....I tease about him being a guard steer, that is to thawrt Mr. Coyote or Mr. or Mrs. Cougar from hassle'n the new borns.....dunno how much truth there is to that, but I am told they will in fact fight off coyotes and other predators, although the only other one to be a real threat would be Cougars, and in fact we do have them occasionally on my place, and certainly in the neighborhood.......and yes I enjoy the matter of owning Longhorns.....hey I am a Texan, and a once removed Tenneseean, which is almost as good as a Texan......so I have two cows, a steer, and now I have a bull, Liberty, add to that another cow, named Alice Lethal Lady, her recent calf, and two other calves born a few weeks ago.....so let's do the math......okay looks like currently I have 8......LR
sometime this fall as it gets cooler.....if you wish to view them with perhaps grandkids or your kiddos....really know nothing about your situation, but I bet you have children and maybe grandkids here, and if they all wish to spend an afternoon viewing them....then by all means just keep it in mind.....late fall is a good time to come up and purchase pecans and go to some of the local orchards.....pretty nice day trip.....LR
No, I don't have any . I lost my son in 2010. Just me and my two rug rat poodles.
I do know that San Saba is known for its Pecans. We used to go through there form time to time. I love the wide open spaces of that area. Thanks for the low down on the cattle. They look friendly but I have heard that Longhorns are not predisposed to that , but like you say If you were around them more frequently they would possible get more gentle. AS they are they are good subject matter for photography. I wonder how they would get along with donkeys. A lot of the goat farmers around here have them for guarding against the coyotes. We do have coyotes here and our neighbors filmed a beautiful Bobcat about 2 weeds ago in their back yard. I love seeing the deer but I can do without the snakes. Thanks again for the great description of your "Herd".
I am so sorry to hear of losing your son, I cannot imagine such a thing, I will certainly keep you in my personal prayers and hope that in time you can find peace.......as you probably can surmise I recently lost my wife of some 44 years, and to a dreadful disease that took every bit of her dignity and the very esscene of her being....I miss her so, but I am dealing with it little by little, again I pray for your peace, I do not understand why these things have to happen, but they do.....peace and comfort to you my new friend......
My husband had been ill since Sept. of 2010 when he had multiple blood clots in his lungs. On Feb 3 of this year, he had a heart attack. Then on March 5 he had another. After that he was on Oxygen full time. ON may 27 he fell in the house and broke his neck. He was in Rehab hosp at Round Rock for 2 weeks and it just went down hill from there. So sorry aobut your wife. Fourty four years is remarkable and rare to find now a days. John and I had been married for 32 years. We had a lot of adventures and wonderful and "interesting" times. Especially when we were traveling in our various RVs. I'm concentrating on thinking about the good times, and only time will dull the pain. The good memories will remaiin forever as I'm sure is true for you too.
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