Stonewall Valley Ranch
Raising Longhorn Cattle In the Texas Hill Country
When it comes to building a herd of cattle, nothing can beat a Longhorn bull as the
sire of your herd. There are several reasons to consider purchasing a Longhorn bull for
your cattle herd; one of the best is that they are just fun to own.
Investing in a Longhorn bull is most certainly a smart decision for the rancher
building a herd of cattle. Longhorn bulls are in no way comparable to other breeds of
cattle. The Longhorn bull is the real super stud in the cattle world. The Texas Longhorn
Breeders Association of America did a study on some of the largest Longhorn herds in the
country and found that, from a total of 10,806 cows exposed to Longhorn bulls, 10,300
gave birth to calves the following year.
A Longhorn Bull along with some Longhorn cows and calves in your front pasture will
catch the attention of all who pass by. They make the perfect decoration for that front
pasture. When shopping for a bull, you will want to find one that
actually looks like a bull. You want a Longhorn bull that is handsome, all male, and
knows it. He should have a long body with long legs, with a reasonably small head and
shoulders. This shape is an especially favorable trait to pass on to the calves he sires. A
baby calf with a small head and long, slim, compact body gives the cow, especially for her
first calf, an easier time at birth, which results in fewer losses and birthing
problems and adds to the rancher's bottom line when it comes to return on investment.
In the old days of open range, the loose muscle structure of the Longhorn
bull allowed him to travel greater distances over rougher terrain in search of food and water and
to seek out cows during the breeding season.
Longhorn Bulls don’t necessarily have those exceptionally long and showy horns that
one imagines when thinking about Longhorn cattle (Better get a Longhorn steer if that is
what is important to you). The bull you want to choose to be the sire of your breeding
stock has outstanding qualities other than the length of the horns; the reproductive
equipment is more important. The well equipped bull is the one you want to make
certain the cows in your breeding stock come through with a calf every year. A simple
sperm test can be done to find out the breeding potency of any bull you may be interested
in purchasing. The Stonewall Valley Ranch breeding operation has the semen of their best
bulls scientifically tested and stored by Elgin Breeding Service in Elgin,
Texas. A potential
buyer can obtain a report from Elgin stating the abilities of the Stonewall Valley Ranch bulls to
reproduce. The pedigree of these sires are also registered and on file with the
Longhorn Breeder’s Association of America and available for review by a potential
The Stonewall Valley Ranch Longhorn Bulls come from famous Longhorn Sires.
Contact Don and Velna Jackson for more information. When it comes to talking about
Longhorn cattle, they are a wonderful source of information about the best way to select
your Longhorn sire.