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Texas Longhorn Trails

50th Anniversary Edition

May/June 2014

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A Special Thank You 50th Golden Heifer Sale HEIFER LOTS Lot 1-Consignor & Buyer: Greg & Sandy Jameson Lot 2- Consignor: Todd & Kelli McKnight; Buyers: Ron & Barbara Marquess & Donnie & Marilyn Taylor Lot 3- Consignor: Chris & Christina Clark; Buyer: Doug & Sandy Stotts Lot 4- Consignor: Sandy Nordhausen; Buyer: Suzanne & Bill Torkildsen, M.D. Lot 5- Consignor: Lloyd (Speedy) LaFond; Buyer: Butler Breeders Lot 6- Consignor: Brad Scherer; Buyers: Roger Witham & Dora Thompson Lot 7- Consignor: Dave & Althea Sullivan; Buyer: Dr. Bill Smith Lot 8- Consignor: Darin & Dawn Divinia; Buyer: Crumpton/Cunningham Partnership Lot 9- Consignor: Joe & Lorinda Valentine; Buyer: Terry & Sherri Adcock Lot 10- Consignor: Darlene Aldridge, DVM & John Parmley; Buyer: Suzanne & Bill Torkildsen, M.D. Lot 11- Consignor: Jim & Becky Rombeck; Buyer: Todd & Kelli McKnight Lot 12- Consignor: Rick & Tracey Friedrich; Buyer: Scott Hughes Lot 13- Consignor: Bow Carpenter; Buyer: Panther Creek Ranch Lot 14- Consignor: Bill & Elizabeth Hudson; Buyer: Panther Creek Ranch Lot 15- Consignor: Jeff & John Jespersen; Buyer: Darin & Dawn Divinia Lot 16- Consignor: Crumpton-Cunningham Partnership; Buyer: DuBose/Semkin Partnership

Lot 17- Consignor: Dick & Peg Lowe; Buyer: Doug & Sandy Stotts Lot 18- Consignor: Asa & Joan Gamble; Buyer: Terry & Sherri Adcock Lot 19- Consignor: El Coyote Ranch; Buyer: Keith & Tina DuBose Lot 20- Consignor: Suzanne & Bill Torkildsen, M.D.; Buyer: Darlene Aldridge, DVM & John Parmley Lot 21- Consignor: Gary & Teresa Bowdoin; Buyer: Todd & Kelli McKnight Lot 22- Consignor: Donnie & Marilyn Taylor; Buyer: John Marshall Lot 23- Consignor: L.D. & Debbie McIntyre; Buyer: DuBose/Semkin Parthership Lot 24- Consignor: Hughes-Morris Partnership; Buyer: El Coyote Ranch Lot 25- Consignor: Mike & Kim MacLeod; Buyer: Darin & Dawn Divinia Lot 26- Consignor: Ron & Donna Garison; Buyer: Kathy Kittler Lot 27- Dora Thompson; Buyer: Panther Creek Ranch Lot 28- Consignor & Buyer: Dick & Cheryl Curry Lot 29- Consignor: Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower; Buyer: Roger Witham Lot 30- Consignor: Craig Perez; Buyer: Asa & Joan Gamble LIVE AUCTION El Coyote Ranch-Live Auction Donor Justin Boots-Live Auction Donor Ponder Boot Company-Live Auction Donor Bernard Lankford-Live Auction Donor Buck Taylor-Live Auction Donor

Ty Wehring-Live Auction Donor Worthington National Bank-$1000 & Live Auction Donor Doug & Sandy Stotts/Steve & Lisa Havens-Live Auction Donor Cimarron Firearms-Live Auction Donor Donnie Taylor-Live Auction Donor Katrin Taylor-Live Auction Donor Steve Murrin-Live Auction Buyer Dr. Bill Smith-Live Auction Buyer Doug & Sandy Stotts-Live Auction Buyer Larry & Toni Stegemoller-Live Auction Buyer Greg & Sandy Jameson-Live Auction Buyer ITX Longhorns-Live Auction Buyer Joe Cunningham-Live Auction Buyer Terry & Sherri Adcock-Live Auction Buyer Darin & Dawn Divinia-Live Auction Buyer Ron & Barbara Marquess-Live Auction Buyer Troy Robinett-Live Auction Buyer Jim Curry-Live Auction Buyer Special Guest- Texas State Representative Nicole Collier & husband Gary • Lemley Auction Services • Fort Worth Herd for the panels • Ethan & Ashley Loos • Phillip Murrin & the River Ranch staff • Alex Rivera-Selling Cow Patty Bingo tickets 50th Anniversary Committee Robert & Kim Richey Larry & Glen Smith Joel & Shirley Lemley Carla Jo Payne Lana Hightower

50th Anniversary Table Sponsors El Coyote Ranch John T. & Betty Baker Doug & Sandy Stotts South Texas Longhorn Association Bull Creek Ranch/Star Creek Ranch/Jameson Longhorn Cattle Co./Trinity Creeks Ranch Keith & Tina DuBose Gulf Coast Texas Longhorn Association Southeastern Texas Longhorn Association

Ark-La-Tex Texas Longhorn Association Triple R Ranch & Glen and Larry Smith Dan & Lee Tisdale Mike Crawford & Pam Watkins Dr. Frank Anderson, Jr. Ty Wehring C.R. Parr East Texas Longhorn Association Todd & Kelli McKnight Northwest Texas Longhorn Association

Dora Thompson Darin & Dawn Divinia Mike & Kim MacLeod Lee & Linda Blackwell TL Longhorns Bernard Lankford Triple R Ranch Rex & Nora Mosser Dorie Damuth

Leather & Lace Longhorn Fashion Show & Luncheon Table Sponsors Keith & Tina DuBose Triple R Ranch West Texas Longhorn Association Rolling Hills Ranch December 2013

Goody Bags Doug & Sandy Stotts Rick & Tracey Friedrich King Ranch Saddle Shop

Decorations Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower Cowboy Servers Russell Fairchild • Ethan Loos Bill Smith • Jim Freeman • James Roesler



Texas Longhorn Trails

MAY/JUNE 2014 VOL. 26 NO. 2

Cover Stories:

50th Celebration : 14 Wrap Up Of The Special Event

About the Cover: The Trails magazine would like to thank all of the partipants of the Cover Girl Contest we had for this historical issue! This special female that graces the cover is MM Lotta Princess, and she is owned by Allen & Suzanne Perry of Evant, TX.

18 Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge: Safe Haven for Longhorns by Henry King

52 What Makes A Good Texas

Longhorn Cow? by Henry King

Feature Articles: Photo courtesy of Chrisann Merriman, Ph. D.

26 Foundation World Headquarters & Museum Campaign Donors

Shows & Sales: 34 Blue Ridge Ranch Inaugural Consignment Sale

47 TLBAA Affiliate Prince & Princess Contest

48 36th B&C Show Me Longhorn Sale 58 Longhorns & Lace Benefit & Sale &

40 Hudson-Valentine Invitational Sale Red River Longhorn Sale 46 Southeastern Winchester Futurity 70 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo 4

Texas Longhorn Trails

Departments: 10 CEO Letter with Mike Coston 22 A Moment in TLBAA History 24 Officer & Directors 28 TLBAA Announcements 30 TLBT Letter 32 TLBAA New Members 62 News on the Trail 66 In Memoriam 68 Affiliate News 78 Herd Management 80 In The Pen 84 Movers & Shakers 85 Save the Date 87 Ad Index 87 Just For Grins

Notesfrom the Editor The 50th Anniversary celebration was a wonderful event to be a part of. I so enjoyed visiting with membership and learning great stories from this great, historic association. Do you realize what the Texas Longhorn Trails staff does? This thought has been brought to my attention recently, and I am hoping I can inform the TLBAA membership of their duties. Not only do we produce a magazine on a monthly basis, with the exception of this special issue, we produce sale catalogs during the sale season. We have designed the Cattle Baron’s Premier Longhorn Sale, Midwest Longhorn Sale & HudsonValentine Invitational Sale catalogs this year so far. The Trails department also produced sale materials including the advertising campaigns and sale catalogs for the Eddie Wood Cowtown Classic and the 50th Anniversary Golden Heifer Sale for the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America. Many of the Longhorn brochures that are used by the TLBAA for educational purposes are designed and produced by the Trails department. The program books for the Horn Showcase and World Show are developed in our department also. The job never ends as we maintain the website, builds E-Trails and Eblasts for TLBAA members and customers. Be sure to check out the testimonials from your fellow TLBAA members on page 75 about our services. We are a talented team with many years of experience designing not only ads, but logos, flyers & posters, so please keep the Trails in mind for your next event! We are here to help!

– Laura Standley

(817) 625-6241• (817) 625-1388 (FAX) P.O. Box 4430 • Fort Worth, TX 76164 E-Mail: trails@tlbaa.org • www.tlbaa.org Editor in Chief: Laura Standley • Ext. 105 • laura@tlbaa.org • trailseditor@tlbaa.org Contributing Editor: Henry L. King Advertising: Ashley Loos • (217) 653-8403 • ashley@tlbaa.org

President/CEO: Mike Coston Ext. 102 • mike@tlbaa.org

Phil Norwood • (713) 294-0139 • phil@tlbaa.org Graphic Design & Production: Myra Basham • Ext. 108 • myra@tlbaa.org • artdirector@tlbaa.org

Registrations: Dana Coomer • Ext. 116 dana@tlbaa.org registrar@tlbaa.org membership@tlbaa.org

Laura Standley • Ext. 105 • laura@tlbaa.org • trailseditor@tlbaa.org Graphic Artist/Multimedia Design: Anna Hendry • Ext. 109 • web@tlbaa.org

Rick Fritsche • Ext. 107

Regional Correspondents: Lori Beeson • Nolensville, Tennessee | Paige Evans • Kiowa, Colorado | Deb Lesyk • Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada | Wanda Moore • Sulphur Bluff, Texas | Bodie Quary • Prague, Oklahoma

Deadline: July 2014 deadline is May 25th. The Texas Longhorn Trails (ISSN-10988432, USPS 016469) is published monthly by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, 2315 N. Main, Ste. 402, Fort Worth, TX 76164. Periodical Postage Paid at Fort Worth, TX. Subscription rates: $105 per year; foreign per year $180. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Texas Longhorn Trails, 2315 N. Main, Ste. 402, Fort Worth, TX 76164. Phone (817) 625-6241. Fax (817) 625-1388. Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for all content of advertisements printed and also assume responsibility for any claims arising from such advertisements made against the publisher. Publisher reserves exclusive rights to accept or reject advertising or editorial material submitted for publication in the Texas Longhorn Trails magazine. Articles and photos from this publication may be reprinted only with permission of the publisher.

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“We reach every TLBAA member” Texas Longhorn Trails

Give your breeding program Frank Anderson Jr. and III 828 South Rosemary Drive • Bryan, TX 77802 (979) 846-8020 • (281) 501-2100 edie.wakefield@gmail.com

Beadle Land & Cattle - Ray & Bonnie Beadle Los Gatos & Hollister, CA (408) 834-0110 • (408) 656-6266 e-mail: rlbeadle@longfibre.com

Box Z Ranch - Steven Zunker & Louis Christa 1506 Harwood Road, Luling, TX 78648 Ranch mobile (210) 827-3940 www.boxzranch.com

Kaso, Lisa & Jake Kety - Little Ace Cattle Company P.O. Box 386, Folsom, LA 70437 (985) 796-3918 e-mail: ketyfolsom@aol.com

PJ’s Cattle Company – Jim Swigert or Lance Swigert 2130 CR 100, Caldwell, TX 77836 Jim: (979) 224-2861 or Lance (979) 219-4902 e-mail: jim@swicoauctions.com or lance@swicoauctions.com www.pjslonghorns.com

McLeod Ranch – Michael, Jackie, Mike & Makayla McLeod 355 C.R. 303A, Edna, TX 77957 (361) 782-0155

Brennan & Michele Potts - Rocking P Longhorns

P.O. Box 579, Emory, TX 75440 (903) 473-2430 Cell: (903) 348-5400 www.rockingplonghorns.com • e-mail: bpotts1@verizon.net

Rio Vista Ranch - Elmer & Susan Rosenberger 4818 Eck Lane, Austin, TX 78734 (512) 266-3250 Cell: (512) 422-8336 e-mail: elmer@riovistaranch.com www.riovistaranch.com

Westfarms Inc. - Dale, Lynette, Leslie & Matt Westmoreland 13529 Hwy 450, Franklinton, LA 70438 (985) 839-5713 Cell: (985) 515-3172 e-mail: westfarmsinc@gmail.com

This space is available for your ranch listing!

a boost with Butler genetics! Frank Anderson Jr. and III 828 South Rosemary Drive • Bryan, TX 77802 (979) 846-8020 • (281) 501-2100 edie.wakefield@gmail.com

DALGOOD Longhorns - Malcolm & Connie Goodman (713) 782-8422 • Waller, TX e-mail: dalgood@comcast.net www.dalgoodlonghorns.com

Eagles Ridge Longhorns - Paul & Judi Sellers 3245 Sugarloaf Key Rd, U21A, Punta Gorda, FL 33955 (941) 979-2419 or (443) 624-0792 e-mail: ancop5@me.com

Harrell Ranch-Kent & Sandy Harrell


15 W 6th St Ste 2510, Tulsa, OK 74119 (918) 299-6402 • (918) 733-4008 www.harrellranch.com • e-mail: Kent@harrellranch.com

Moriah Farms - Bernard Lankford Weatherford, TX (817) 341-4677 • (817) 319-9198 cell www.moriahfarmslonghorns.com

Rocking G Ranch - Mrs. Ramie Griffin 5005 Callais Road • Beaumont, TX 77713 (409) 892-2662 • Fax (409) 838-6926 Cell (409) 790-6565 e-mail: dayamisrockingranch@yahoo.com

Rockin I Longhorns - Nancy Ince & Tony Mangold 30 FM 3351 N, Bergheim, TX 78004 (830) 237-5024 • e-mail: tmangold@sbcglobal.net www.rockinilonghorns.com


Sidewinder Cattle Company - Ed Shehee, Jr. 1007 Airport Blvd • Pensacola, FL 32504 (850) 572-6595 www.sidewindercattleco.com

Jane’s Land & Cattle Co. - John & Jane Thate 418 W. Margaret St. • Fairmont, MN 56031 (507) 235-3467

Triple R Ranch - Robert & Kim Richey 21000 Dry Creek Road • San Angelo, TX 76901 (325) 942-1198 • e-mail: r3ranch@aol.com www.butlertexaslonghorns.com

This space is available for your ranch listing!


Thank you to all who support the Butler Sale – 17 years in 2014! Eagles Ridge Longhorns - Paul & Judi Sellers 3245 Sugarloaf Key Rd, U21A, Punta Gorda, Florida 33955 (941) 979-2419 or (443) 624-0792

email: ancop5@me.com

The Texas Longhorn Breeders of America Foundation has long sought to have its own building, a place to call home, a location where we can operate the Longhorn registry, take care of all our member’s needs, a place to manage our sales and events and a home to operate the outstanding Trails Magazine. Most importantly, we have been seeking a home where future generations can experience and enjoy the Texas Longhorn and how they made more history than any other breed of cattle the civilized world has known. We need a museum for the animal that was the peer of bison or grizzly bear. We need a museum where travelers can discover how the Longhorn became an economic agent that determined the character and occupation of the celebrated cowboy and a cattle breed that moved and survived drought, little or no grass, blizzards and Arctic winds. We are now in a position to build such a home for TLBAA and a museum for the Foundation, but we need your help in doing so. Right now, the blueprints are in the hands of Fort Worth City officials for permitting and approval. Now this is your part, we need your help to enable us to start the dirt work and we must have $600,000 in hand to begin our endeavor. We are asking for monetary pledges from all our members, large and small. We cannot do this without your help, and we want all our members to be a part of this historic goal. This is your museum, your office building, and we need your help in making the dream come true. Please consider giving generously for this project. We have countless sponsor opportunities to have your name added to many areas of the museum and office spaces, depending on your level of giving. Take a moment to fill out the adjacent pledge card and return to our office as soon as you can. You will receive an acknowledgement of your gift and an opportunity to be a part of the TLBAA history I thank you in advance for your generous donation and pledge.

Mike Coston CEO


Texas Longhorn Trails

Founders - $250,000 and up

• Name on gold plated branding iron designed exclusively for the building’s showcase. One for you and one for display in the building’s showcase • Naming opportunity in the building • Special invitation to the Grand Opening preview reception and tour of the building • Recognition in the Trails

Benefactors - $25,000 to $99,999 • Name on a belt buckle designed exclusively for the new building. One for you and one for display on the museum’s Wall of Honor • Naming opportunity in the building • Special invitation to the Grand Opening preview reception and tour of the building • Recognition in the Trails

Leaders - $100,000 to $249,999

• Name on silver or bronze plated branding irons designed exclusively for the new building. One branding iron for you and one for display in the building’s showcase (bronze plated branding iron for gifts of $100,000-$149,999; silver plated branding iron for gifts of $150,000-$249,999) • Naming opportunity in the building • Special invitation to the Grand Opening preview reception and tour of the building • Recognition in the Trails

Patrons - $10,000 to $24,999

• Name on a plaque designed for the new building’s Wall of Honor • Naming opportunity in the new building • Special invitation to the Grand Opening preview reception and tour of the building • Recognition in the Trails

Supporters - $1,000 to $9,999

• Name acknowledgment on the new building’s Wall of Honor • Naming opportunity in the building • Special invitation to the Grand Opening preview reception and tour of the building • Recognition in the Trails

Builders - $100 to $999

• Special Invitation to the Grand Opening • Prominent recognition in the Grand Opening program • Name recognition on a brick paver • Recognition in the Trails

Charitable Pledge Agreement

Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________________ City ______________________________________________________State ______________Zip ____________________ Telephone (Day) ________________________________ (Evening) __________________________________________

Pledge Amount $ ______________________________________________________________________________________ Payable as follows (please specify amounts and dates) __________ / __________ $ ____________ Mo.


______________ / ____________ $ ________________ Mo.


Month in which you wish to be sent a reminder __________________________________________________________ Donor signature


Please make gifts and securities payable to: Texas Longhorn Breeders of America Foundation P.O. Box 4430 Fort Worth, Texas 76164


p p u s r u o y r o f u o Thank y

Give your breeding program Frank Anderson Jr. and III 828 South Rosemary Drive • Bryan, TX 77802 (979) 846-8020 • (281) 501-2100 edie.wakefield@gmail.com

Beadle Land & Cattle - Ray & Bonnie Beadle Los Gatos & Hollister, CA (408) 834-0110 • (408) 656-6266 e-mail: rlbeadle@longfibre.com

Box Z Ranch - Steven Zunker & Louis Christa 1506 Harwood Road, Luling, TX 78648 Ranch mobile (210) 827-3940 www.boxzranch.com

Kaso, Lisa & Jake Kety - Little Ace Cattle Company P.O. Box 386, Folsom, LA 70437 (985) 796-3918 e-mail: ketyfolsom@aol.com

PJ’s Cattle Company – Jim Swigert or Lance Swigert 2130 CR 100, Caldwell, TX 77836 Jim: (979) 224-2861 or Lance (979) 219-4902 e-mail: jim@swicoauctions.com or lance@swicoauctions.com www.pjslonghorns.com

McLeod Ranch – Michael, Jackie, Mike & Makayla McLeod 355 C.R. 303A, Edna, TX 77957 (361) 782-0155

Brennan & Michele Potts - Rocking P Longhorns

P.O. Box 579, Emory, TX 75440 (903) 473-2430 Cell: (903) 348-5400 www.rockingplonghorns.com • e-mail: bpotts1@verizon.net

Rio Vista Ranch - Elmer & Susan Rosenberger 4818 Eck Lane, Austin, TX 78734 (512) 266-3250 Cell: (512) 422-8336 e-mail: elmer@riovistaranch.com www.riovistaranch.com

Westfarms Inc. - Dale, Lynette, Leslie & Matt Westmoreland 13529 Hwy 450, Franklinton, LA 70438 (985) 839-5713 Cell: (985) 515-3172 e-mail: westfarmsinc@gmail.com

This space is available for your ranch listing!

a boost with Butler genetics! Frank Anderson Jr. and III 828 South Rosemary Drive • Bryan, TX 77802 (979) 846-8020 • (281) 501-2100 edie.wakefield@gmail.com

DALGOOD Longhorns - Malcolm & Connie Goodman (713) 782-8422 • Waller, TX e-mail: dalgood@comcast.net www.dalgoodlonghorns.com

Eagles Ridge Longhorns - Paul & Judi Sellers 3245 Sugarloaf Key Rd, U21A, Punta Gorda, FL 33955 (941) 979-2419 or (443) 624-0792 e-mail: ancop5@me.com

Harrell Ranch-Kent & Sandy Harrell

15 W 6th St Ste 2510, Tulsa, OK 74119 (918) 299-6402 • (918) 733-4008 www.harrellranch.com • e-mail: Kent@harrellranch.com

Moriah Farms - Bernard Lankford Weatherford, TX (817) 341-4677 • (817) 319-9198 cell www.moriahfarmslonghorns.com

Showcase Your Butler Program Here!

Rocking G Ranch - Mrs. Ramie Griffin 5005 Callais Road • Beaumont, TX 77713 (409) 892-2662 • Fax (409) 838-6926 Cell (409) 790-6565 e-mail: dayamisrockingranch@yahoo.com

Rockin I Longhorns - Nancy Ince & Tony Mangold 30 FM 3351 N, Bergheim, TX 78004 (830) 237-5024 • e-mail: tmangold@sbcglobal.net www.rockinilonghorns.com

Sidewinder Cattle Company - Ed Shehee, Jr. 1007 Airport Blvd • Pensacola, FL 32504 (850) 572-6595 www.sidewindercattleco.com

Jane’s Land & Cattle Co. - John & Jane Thate 418 W. Margaret St. • Fairmont, MN 56031 (507) 235-3467

Triple R Ranch - Robert & Kim Richey 21000 Dry Creek Road • San Angelo, TX 76901 (325) 942-1198 • e-mail: r3ranch@aol.com www.butlertexaslonghorns.com

This space is available for your ranch listing!

For more information, contact the Trails advertising department today at

(817) 625-6241

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A N N I V E R S A RY W E E K E N D Worthington National Bank Reception The 50th Anniversary Weekend started off with a bang at the Worthington National Bank in dowtown Fort Worth as they hosted TLBAA members and families to hors d’oeuvres and drinks. It was a wonderful reception enjoyed by all.

Ruth Ann & Dr. Bill Able, Kansas City, MO

Tom Kachman & Karyn Mally, Paradise, TX; Curt Chastain, Fort Worth, TX

Sherri Adcock, Lamesa, TX; Charlene Semkin, Perry, OK

Tammey & Mark Stuck, Sumerduck, VA; Bernard & Bette Lankford, Weatherford, TX

Richard Carlson, Saint Marys, KS; Reimer Calhoun, Jr., Mansfield, TX; Larry Barker, Fort Worth, TX

Mike Coston, displaying painting donated by Worthington Bank

Russell Fairchild, Stephenville, TX; Kelly Whitton, Cleburne, TX; Levi & Matthew Dodgen, Centerville, GA with Joe & Tammy Albert, Centerville, GA

Malcolm & Connie Goodman, Houston, TX; Ray Beadle, Los Gatos, CA

Marilyn Taylor, Huntington, TX; Doug Stotts, Houston, TX; Donnie Taylor, Huntington, TX Sandy Stotts, Houston, TX; Gwen Damato, Weatherford, TX

Dick & Cheryl Curry, Springtown, TX Robert & Kim Richey, San Angelo, TX; Althea & Dave Sullivan, Celina, TX; Keith & Tina DuBose, Tyler, TX

Leather & Lace Longhorn Ladies Fashion Show

Jim Freeman, Guthrie, OK; Ethan Loos, Columbus, IL; Russell Fairchild, Stephenville, TX; Dr. Bill Smith, Marshall, MO; James Roesler, Krum, TX

Ashley Loos, Columbus, IL; Ken Morris, Monroe, NC Diana Coston, Weatherford, TX, models during the fashion show.

Kim Richey, San Angelo, TX; Sandie Hughes, Rutherfordton, NC

Pat Robinson, Celina, TX, shows off her look during the fashion show.

Lana Hightower, Van, TX

Sherri Adcock, Lamesa, TX; Dora Thompson, Mansfield, LA

The Leather & Lace Longhorn Ladies Fashion Show was held on Saturday, as Longhorn fashionistas enjoyed a luncheon during the event. Thank you to Maverick Fine Western Wear, M.L. Leddy’s and Pearls & Old Lace for providing the fashion! A big thank you to Lana Hightower for a fabulous event!


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A N N I V E R S A RY W E E K E N D 50th Anniversary Clay Shootout The 50th Clay Shootout took place on Saturday morning of the 50th Anniversary Weekend. Thank you to Carla Payne for all her hard work on this great event!

First Place Team: John Gibbons, Decatur, TX; Bill Holland, Rayville, LA; Keith DuBose, Tyler, TX; Derek Wade, Decatur, TX

First Place Female was Carla Payne

First Place Male was John Gibbons

Rifle Raffle Winnner: Derek Wade

Team: Mark Stuck, Sumerduck, VA; Larry Smith, Spring, TX; Richard Spooner, Stonewall, OK; Robert Richey, San Angelo, TX; Don Jury, Fort Worth, TX

Team: Carla Payne, Slidell, TX; Todd Williams, Dallas, TX; Dave Sullivan, Celina, TX; Rick Wilson, Cypress, TX Team: Sydney DuBose, Tyler, TX; Jake Taylor, Marilyn & Donnie Taylor, Huntington, TX

It was one great weekend! Thanks for coming out!

Pam Watkins, Rockwall, TX; Collette & Greg Smith, Fairview, TX Teresa & Gary Bowdoin, Crawford, TX

Nate Edwards & David Edwards, Oologah, OK

John T. Baker, Austin, TX addresses the 50th guests. Russell & Felicia Hooks, Jonesboro, TX

Mary Ellen & Bill Holland, Rayville, LA Amy & James Roesler, Krum, TX Brad Scherer & Sascha Smith, Maypearl, TX; Madison Scherer, Mansfield, TX

December 2013

Marty McCoy & Michael Marshall, Brenham, TX Frank Anderson, Jr., Bryan, TX; Dan & Lee Tisdale, Bowie, TX; Ryan and Melanie Mack, Bowie, TX


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The 50th Golden Heifer Sale was filled with outstanding females that brought in quality prices to help with the Foundation World Headquarters & Museum Campaign. The night was filled with great fellowship and friends along with an authentic chuck wagon dinner that seemed to please everyone who attended. Many live auction items were available to help the cause of the Foundation as well. The association would like to thank all who donated and purchased these fancy young females. We would also like to thank all who attended and supported this great, historic event for the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America.


$5,500 – BCR BRILLIANTLY DARK 225 (2012 daughter of One Star Command & Darque Star). Donor: Suzanne & Bill Torkildsen, M.D., Fayetteville, TX. Buyer: Darlene Aldridge, DVM & John Parmley, Somerville, TX.

32 Lots Sold Average: $3,087.50 Volume Buyers: Panther Creek Ranch, Bowling Green, KY; Doug & Sandy Stotts, Houston, TX; Suzanne & Bill Torkildsen, Fayetteville, TX; Steve Murrin, Fort Worth, TX; Roger & Debbie Witham, Alvord, TX; Keith & Tina DuBose, Tyler, TX; Butler Breeders; Terry & Sherri Adcock, Lamesa, TX; Darlene Aldridge, DVM & John Parmley, Somerville, TX; Scott & Sandie Hughes, Rutherfordton, NC; Ron & Barbara Marquess, Ben Wheeler, TX; Dick & Cheryl Curry, Springtown, TX; Todd & Kelli McKnight, Pittsburg, KS; Kathy Kittler, Carlisle, AR; DuBose/Semkin Partnership, Tyler, TX; El Coyote Ranch, Kingsville, TX; Dawn & Darin Divinia, Red Oak, TX; Dr. Bill Smith, Marshall, MO; Greg & Sandy Jameson, Hempstead, TX; Dora Thompson, Manfield, LA


$8,000 CDC STAR TARI (2013 daughter of CDC Startex & RM Awesome Tari). Donor: Chris & Christina Clark, Taft, TX. Buyer: Doug & Sandy Stotts, Houston, TX

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$5,500 – TICKET TO THE STARS (2012 daughDonor of the High Selling Lot Chris Clark, Taft, TX with buyer Doug Stotts, Houston, TX

OTHER HIGH SELLING LOTS: $7,500 – HL SITTIN GEM (2012 daughter of Sittin Bull & LTL Gem Superb). Donor: Bill & Elizabether Hudson, Floyds Knobs, IN. Buyer: Panther Creek Ranch, Bowling Green, KY

$6,750 – JTW ISAAC 68 (DONATION STEERLIVE AUCTION). Donor: Ty Wehring, Houston, TX. Buyer: Steve Murrin, Fort Worth, TX.


– BROWN EYES MISS VICTORIA (2013 daughter of SH Bold Secret 14/4 & Dutchess’s Brown Eyes). Donor: Lloyd (Speedy) La Fond, Cherokee, TX. Buyer: Butler Breeders

ter of X Star & One Way Ticket). Donor: Darlene Aldridge, DVM & John Parmley, Somerville, TX. Buyer: Suzanne & Bill Torkildsen, M.D., Fayetteville, TX.

$5,000 – SH RUNNING DIAMOND 62/3 (2013 daughter of Rip Saw & ZD Kelly Victoria). Donor: Dora Thompson, Mansfield, LA. Buyer: Panther Creek Ranch, Bowling Green, KY. $5,000 – BUCK TAYLOR PAINTING, BRUSH & COWBOY HAT. Donor: Buck & Goldie Taylor. Buyer: Doug & Sandy Stotts, Houston, TX. $5,000 – RR SWEET AMELIA (2013 daughter of Sweet Chex 783 & RR Gun Flower). Donor: Rick & Tracey Friedrich, Houston, TX. Buyer: Scott &Sandie Hughes, Rutherfordton, NC. $4,500 – G&L RED SUNSET (2012 daughter of Sarcee Sidwinder & G&L Red Bluff). Donor: Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower, Van, TX. Buyer: Roger & Debbie Witham, Alvord, TX. $4,100 – WO NELLIE (2012 daughter of Hunts High Respect & PC Anita Rose). Donor: Dick & Cheryl Curry, Springtown, TX. Buyer: Dick & Cheryl Curry, Springtown, TX.

Doug & Sandy Stotts, Houston, TX with Buck Taylor

$6,000 – ECR RODEO SPECIAL (2012 daughter of Sam Houston ECR & ECR Amigo’s Especial 208). Donor: El Coyote Ranch, Kingsville, TX. Buyer: Keith & Tina DuBose, Tyler, TX.

$3,750 – RESPECT SUE (2013 daughter of Crisp Respect & THR Bandit Sue). Donor: Bow Carpenter, Comfort, TX. Buyer: Panther Creek Ranch, Bowling Green, KY. $3,100 – LYRA (2012 daughter of Zabaco & JHC Loretta). Donor: Ron & Donna Garison, Doyline, LA. Buyer: Kathy Kittler, Carlisle, AR. $3,000 – SPECIAL ENGRAVED COMMEMORATIVE RIFLE. Donor: El Coyote Ranch, Kingsville, TX. Buyer: Ron & Barbara Marquess, Ben Wheeler, TX.

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ton-Cunningham Partners, Hillsboro, TX. Buyer: DuBose/Semkin Partnership, Tyler, TX.

$1,800 – ACC SPEAKEASY (2012 daughter of RC Bootlegger & Coopers Mrs Slaytor). Donor: Craig Perez, Comanche, OK. Buyer: Asa & Joan Gamble, Hubbard, TX.

Terry & Sherri Adcock, Lamesa, TX

$2,750 – KCCI POP STAR (2012

daughter of JP Rio Grande & E J Night Pop). Donor: HughesMorris Partnership, Rutherfordton, NC. Buyer: El Coyote Ranch, Kingsville, TX.

$1,600 – JBR BERRY CAJUN (2013 daughter of JBR Huckleberry & JBR Last Cajun). Donor: Jim & Becky Rombeck, Lyons, KS. Buyer: Todd & Kelli McKnight, Pittsburg, KS. $1,500 – SS IRON ROSE (2013

daughter of Iron Mike ST & RM Super Rose 699). Donor: Dave & Althea Sullivan, Celina, TX. Buyer: Dr. Bill Smith, Marshall, MO.

$2,700 – CTS WINDSTORM (2013

daughter of EOT Outback Buckshot 456 & RM Super Windy). Donor: Asa & Joan Gamble, Hubbard, TX. Buyer: Terry & Sherri Adcock, Lamesa, TX.

daughter of Donovan EOT 468 & EOT Outback Sparkle 718). Donor: Joe & Lorinda Valentine, Bowling Green, KY. Buyer: Terry & Sherri Adcock, Lamesa, TX.

daughter of Safari B Tornado & Miss Dip Stick). Donor: Brad Scherer, Maypearl, TX. Buyer: Dora Thompson, Mansfield, LA.

$2,100 – RRR MISS HOLLY 245 (2012 daughter of RRR Hunts Double Edge & RRR Miss Hottie z 950). Donor: Dick & Peg Lowe, Horton, MI. Buyer: Doug & Sandy Stotts, Houston, TX.

$2,000 – TOP SHELF SOUTHERN STYLE(DONATED & SOLD AGAIN) (2013 daughter of Safari B Tornado & Miss Dip Stick). Donor: Dora Thompson, Mansfield, LA. Buyer: Roger & Debbie Witham, Alvord, TX. $2,000 –JAMESONS JELLY BEAN (2013 daughter of Star Marker & RM Buzz Beater). Donor: Greg & Sandy Jameson, Hempstead, TX. Buyer: Greg & Sandy Jameson, Hempstead, TX.

Larry & Toni Stegemoller, Cleburne, TX

$1,500 – 4T MAYA (2013 daughter of Circle K Donovan & 4T Gretchen). Donor: Donnie & Marilyn Taylor, Huntington, TX. Buyer: John Marshall, Llano, TX.

$1,900 –XC BITSY (2011

daughter of Rodeo Max ST & RM Touch N Whirl Pat). Donor: CrumpMay/June 2014

Bernard Lankford. Buyer: Larry & Toni Stegemoller, Cleburne, TX.

daughter of Rodeo Max ST & DDR Fast Missy). Donor: Dawn & Darin Divinia, Red Oak, TX. Buyer: Crumpton-Cunningham Partnership, Hillsboro, TX.

$1,400 – HANDMADE CUSTOM BOOTS. Donor: Ponder Boot Company. Buyer: Joe Cunningham, Hillsboro, TX. $1,300 – CV HARLEY’S SWEETHEART (2011 daughter of Harley YS & Moo Moo Shamu YS). Donor: Todd & Kelli McKnight, Pittsburg, KY. Buyer: Ron & Barbara Marquess, Ben Wheeler, TX.

$1,300 – TC RESPECTFUL POPPY (2012 daugh-

daughter of Olympic Torch & TNT Whelming Wild Child). Donor: Gary & Teresa Bowdoin, Crawford, TX. Buyer: Todd & Kelli McKnight, Pittsburg, KS.


$1,400 – DDR MISS RODEO (2012

ter of Prince Romeo SRC & Pretty Picabo of Palo Pinto). Donor: Mike & Kim MacLeod, Palo Pinto, TX. Buyer: Dawn & Darin Divinia, Red Oak, TX.

$2,000 –TONKAWA WILD WOMAN (2013

– CV HARLEY’S SWEETHEART (DONATED & SOLD AGAIN) (2011 daughter of Harley YS & Moo Moo Shamu YS). Donor: Ron & Barbara Marquess, Ben Wheeler, TX. Buyer: Donnie & Marilyn Taylor, Huntington, TX.

$850 – 50TH ANNIVERSARY GUITAR AUTOGRAPHED BY WILLIE NELSON. Donor: Doug & Sandy Stotts & Steve & Linda Havens. Buyer: Doug & Sandy Stotts, Houston, TX.

$1,300 – ROMEO’S JULIET SRC (2012 daugh-

Jimmy Jones, Greenville, AL; Joyce Wood, Wynnewood, OK


$1,000 – MCR DOUBLE EYEIZM (2013 daughter of Vanizm & LD IM Bizi). Donor: L.D. & Debbie McIntyre, Wolbach, NE. Buyer: DuBose/Semkin Partnership, Tyler, TX.

$2,500 – SPARKLE PC10 (2012


Suzanne & Allan Perry, Evant, TX

ter of T C Respect The Dinero & 585 Possum). Donor: Sandy Nordhausen, Thorndale, TX. Buyer: Suzanne & Bill Torkildsen, Fayetteville, TX.


–MJ NO LOOKING BACK (2012 daughter of BDK Ivory & SMW Killeen). Donor: Jeff & John Jespersen, Stony Plain, AB. Buyer: Dawn & Darin Divinia, Red Oak, TX.

$1,000 – 50TH ANNIVERSARY GUITAR AUTOGRAPHED BY WILLIE NELSON. Donor: Doug & Sandy Stotts & Steve & Linda Havens. Buyer: Dr. Bill Smith, Marshall, MO.

Roger & Debbie Witham, Alvord, TX; Rick & Tracey Friedrich, Houston, TX

$600 – CUSTOM BONE HANDLE KNIFE. Donor: Donnie Taylor. Buyer: Terry & Sherri Adcock, Lamesa, TX. $500 – PAIR OF LONGHORN LOGO BOOTS. Donor: Justin Boots. Buyer: ITX Longhorns, Chappell Hill, TX.

$500 – LONGHORN PAINTING. Donor:Worthington National Bank. Buyer: Jim Curry, Poolville, TX.

$400 – LONGHORN CAKE. Donor: JoJo’s Cakes. Buyer: Dawn & Darin Divinia, Red Oak, TX. $350 – PAIR OF LONGHORN LOGO BOOTS. (SOLD AGAIN) Donor: Justin Boots. Buyer: Greg & Sandy Jameson, Hempstead, TX.

$100 – SPECIALITY CAKE. Donor: Katrin Taylor. Buyer: Troy Robinett, Rhome, TX.


A celebration of our first 50 years must certainly include the Refuge responsible for saving the breed we love.

If the Gulf Coast of what is now Mexico and Texas was the incubator of Texas Longhorn cattle, then the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, near Lawton, Oklahoma would have to be considered the emergency room that preserved the breed from total demise. Descendants of Spanish cattle, over a span of three centuries these cattle survived and multiplied without the hindrance of mankind, developing a unique breed that could fight disease, drought and predators – and win. With their long legs and hard hoofs, they were ideal trail cattle, an asset that helped contribute to their near extinction. An estimated 10 million were driven to northern markets to feed a beef-hungry nation, a commerce that decimated the wild herds

Wichita Mountains National the breed, and many old-time cattlemen added to the drumbeat with letters to editors and other expressions of support. Realizing the near loss of a vital western icon, these cattlemen persuaded government officials to fund a search for a remnant herd, and preserve it in the protective confines of government land. One of the men who played a vital role in this effort was Forest Ranger Earl Drummond of the Wichita National Forest, near Lawton, Oklahoma. Assistant Forester Will C. Barnes shared Drummond’s enthusiasm, and the two became the prime movers in the long process of getting funding, finding the right Longhorn specimens and getting approval to place the herd in the southern Oklahoma area that had been designated a National Forest in 1901. Congress later named it a game preserve for the protection of wild animals and birds, then in 1936, it was renamed Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the title it holds today. Drummond and Barnes, both ex-cat-

Part of today’s Refuge herd. but produced a financial bonanza that saved the Texas economy following the Civil War. With changes in market demands and cross-breeding with beefier cattle, the ancient breed was nearly “improved” out of existence. With the exception of a few scattered herds maintained by nostalgic cattlemen, the traditional Texas Longhorn was a relic of the past. Public concern stemming from magazine and newspaper articles by J. Frank Dobie and others about the doom of the Texas Longhorn generated much sympathy for


tlemen, along with Frank Rush and John H. Hatton, also with the Forest Service, struggled nearly a decade to get appropriations for the cattle. Through their contacts with another former Texas cattleman, Wyoming Senator John B. Kendrick, they were successful in getting a $3,000 Congressional appropriation through the 69th Congress and the search was on. With information from Drummond and many interested ranchers, Barnes and Hatton searched Rio Grande borderlands and the Gulf Coast area

seeking representative Longhorns. They looked at some 30,000 head to find 30 animals for the Refuge. Of these 30, one cow was trampled in shipping and died shortly after reaching the Refuge. Two of the three steers outlawed and hid in a brushy canyon until their deaths ten years later. One of the three bulls was deemed unsuitable for breeding, and another was put down because of age. With minimal management and as close to natural care as meticulous record keeping would allow, the herd prospered on the bountiful grasses and water, to the point that the Refuge held its first auction in 1941 to market surplus animals. Through this annual auction, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge provided seed stock for most of the Texas Longhorn operations that began in the middle of the 1900s, some of which were enhanced to varying degrees with cattle from the remnant herds of the ‘seven families’ and others. The auctions were eagerly anticipated, not only for the cattle, but also for the social and networking possibilities. The creation of the TLBAA is one of the most outstanding results of these social gatherings. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, which contains more than 59,000 acres, was created in 1901 as the Wichita Forest Reserve, assigned to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Over the next 30 years, the facility went through several name changes, and administered by several different government entities. Since 1936, it has been administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1905, the New York Zoological Park offered the federal government fifteen bison to begin a herd for the refuge, if the government agreed to fence the range. Later, the preserve successfully relocated elk and wild turkey, which mingle with other mammals, including prairie dogs, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, and rabbits. Native deer also flourish, and the reserve’s lakes and waterways attract migratory birds. Eagles sometimes can be seen. Dan McDonald, Wildlife Biologist at the Refuge for the past three years, has oversight of the Texas Longhorn herd plus other living creatures – from insects and lizards to birds and bison. His expeTexas Longhorn Trails

Wildlife Refuge: Safe Haven for Longhorns rience has ranged from habitat management and restoration to working with a number of different species from pronghorn antelope to black bear, and on the Refuge, Longhorns, bison, elk and white tail deer in addition to small animals, birds, insects and reptiles. “The Longhorn herd started in August of 1927,” said McDonald. “At that time the Refuge received three bulls, three steers, twenty cows and four calves. A review of the records indicates that one bull and nineteen cows produced the foundation herd.” “From time to time,” said McDonald, “the Refuge has added other Longhorns from various sources to help boost the genetics and reduce inbreeding. Several bulls came to the Refuge from the Cap Yates herd. These were recognized at the time as the most traditional and true-totype of the original families of Longhorns. This was done to help boost the genetic diversity of this herd and to preserve Longhorn characteristic as best we can, and to reduce the inbreeding potential.” “The population of the Longhorn herd has bounced around a little bit, but is pretty well maintained in the 300-animal neighborhood, and the bull-to-cow ratio has typically been four to five cows per bull.” “We have an annual auction to reduce the herd size and keep the number of animals at an optimum for the condition of the Refuge. The auctions have been quite popular, especially in the mid- to late-eighties – that Longhorn heyday. We would have as much as twelve or thirteen hundred people attend. Back in the eighties, we would have all kinds of news outlets attend, including a national broadcast on the ABC evening news. With the popularity of the auctions then, a bull calf once sold for $10,000, and I have heard from other staff here on the Refuge that other animals had sold for substantially more than that even.” “Our annual early fall auction is held in September, and any calf that is not weanable for that sale we sell at a spring auction, which this year was May 8 at the livestock barn in Apache, Oklahoma. From time to time we will also sell some adult animals in the spring sale if we need to reduce the herd size, depending May/June 2014

on range conditions here in the Refuge.” For 75 years following their arrival in 1927, meticulous sire/dam records were maintained on individuals in the Longhorn herd, but that changed in 2002 when the Refuge went to what is considered a more natural breeding scheme, with multiple bulls mingled with the cow herd. Formerly, the Refuge was split into three different pastures – the cows and bulls were in separate pastures. “They would select which cows would be exposed to a certain bull,” explained McDonald. “They would pull the bull they wanted to use that year out of the bull pasture and put him in with the cows they wanted that bull to breed with, and that way they were able to document the dam and sire of the calf that would be born that year. The herd was managed that way until 2002, when they stopped that management of the Longhorns. It just got to be too much work for the Refuge, moving the animals as much as they had to in order to manage the herd that way. Now the entire Refuge is open free range for all the Longhorns. They go just about anywhere they want, bulls and cows breed in a more natural management system.” “There are currently 36 bulls on the Refuge, but we don’t know which bull may have bred any particular cow. For future potential, we do from time to time hold bull calves and heifer calves as replacement animals if they have a certain color or other characteristic that we want to keep on the Refuge, but as far as selecting bulls to be breeders, we don’t do that. The bulls and cows are all out there together and they will breed as naturally as they can.” Surplus adult bulls generally go to auction at about ages seven to ten. Adult cows are generally in the range of ten to fourteen years when they are surplussed. “We want to keep those longer generation spans,” said McDonald, “to help to reduce the inbreeding potential and also to slow down some of the loss of genetic material that is in some of the older animals in the herd.” In preparation for the annual auction, age is generally the determining factor, explained McDonald. Some animals may be retained for color, some for type

characteristics, for body shape or other factors. In years past, auctions at the Wildlife Refuge often averaged in the range of $2500 per Longhorn. This has gone down substantially to the $800 to $900 range in recent years. “Buyers who come to our auction every year are looking for the traditional, true-to-type Longhorn characteristics; that’s what brings them to our auction. They are not interested in a certain pedigree or big horns – just the characteristics of the traditional Texas Longhorn.” When the Wildlife Refuge went to the more natural style of management, they also changed their branding scheme. Originally, each individual was branded with a unique number in addition to the WR brand; now on their left hip they get a single digit number brand for the year of their birth. The WR brand goes on the left shoulder. “The registries still recognize the Wichita Mountains herd,” said McDonald. “Any individual who buys through our auction can have that animal registered. It is just considered a WR sire and a WR dam for registration purposes.” Although Texas Longhorn cattle are an important attraction at the Wildlife Refuge, other things including the land itself help in drawing the million or more annual visitors. The refuge is divided into a public use area and a special use area. There are also two wilderness areas, the North Mountain Unit, with limited access, and the Charon’s Garden Unit, which allows photography, hiking, and limited back country camping. “There are lots of recreational activities here on the Refuge,” McDonald observed. “From fishing to hiking to rock climbing; lots of photographers, picnicking and others who just come out to view wildlife that you can’t see in very many places. Here we have the Longhorn, the bison, the elk and deer; there are all kinds of different birds and lizards, lots of plants and wild flowers – especially in the spring when we have good moisture. It is really a popular place.” “We also have a Visitors Center here on the Refuge that is very popular. Its displays and movie tell a lot about the history of the Refuge, the various types of wildlife and how we manage the Refuge as a whole.”


The auction of surplus bison is held every October there on the Refuge. “That is also a popular experience,” McDonald said. “We manage our bison a little differently from the Longhorns. Each year when we round up our bison, we collect blood and tail hair samples to analyze their genetics. Each of those animals receives a microchip so that we can identify individuals and when they are brought back in the following year, we can identify that animal and know what its genetic makeup is, and determine if it is a surplus animal or one we want to retain in the herd. We try to retain as much genetic diversity in the herd as we possibly can. Animals with more common genetics are the ones more likely to be chosen to be sold, and the ones with more unique genetics within the herd are the ones we want to keep.” Elk on the Refuge are managed through offering annual hunts in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Individual hunters draw for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate. The number of permits issued each hunting season is determined by a survey of the elk herd and the condition of the habitat on the Refuge. An annual deer hunt is also offered, but it differs from the elk hunt in that an individual hunter may be able to participate more than once. Safari B Ranch L.V. Baker and his wife, Pat, have been owners of Texas Longhorn cattle since 1970 when they purchased five WR animals for their Safari B Ranch, Elk City, Oklahoma. L.V. Baker is a medical doctor, now retired, who practiced and lives in Elk City. Some of his Longhorns are kept on a relatively compact acreage there; some are pastured on his 4,000 acre ranch near Vici, Oklahoma. The Bakers were already involved in the commercial cattle business when they bought five Texas Longhorns – a bull, a steer and three cows — at the Wildlife Refuge sale. Since that time, he


estimates that they have raised about 3,500 Longhorns, and while the Safari B herd has been augmented from time to time with other bloodlines, he still owns a few descendants from that original WR purchase.

still lived there when he was a boy. When Ed and his parents went to visit, they often went to the Refuge for picnics and other outings. Seeing the Texas Longhorns as a 10-year-old child gave him a strong desire to raise the cattle. When he

“We called the Refuge sale ‘the gathering of the faithful.” – Ed Roberts Meticulous record keepers, he and Pat have complete records on every Longhorn they have ever owned, and their herd size has been as high as 400 head at a given time. The Refuge sale eventually offered another opportunity to Dr. Baker and other Longhorn breeders. Utilizing the popularity of the Refuge sale to draw big numbers of participants, on the day following that auction, they conducted their Champagne Sale in nearby Lawton, Oklahoma. They held these 20 years, with half of the cattle in each sale from Safari B and the other half open to other consignors. Dr. Baker was a close friend to Elmer Parker, a longtime employee of the Wildlife Refuge who was in charge of the Longhorn herd from 1968 until his retirement in 1981. He gave Dr. Baker an extensive set of records on WR cattle, which Dr. Baker feels should be archived and available for research by future historians. Dr. Baker served as President of the

TLBAA 1982-1984, and while he is still a fan of WR cattle, he deeply regrets that the Refuge no longer maintains sire-dam records on the calves born there. Ed roberts Ed Roberts’ mother grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma, and his grandparents

was able to own some, he didn’t settle for just any family of Longhorns – they had to be WR. “All the cattle that I had,” said Roberts, “were Refuge cattle or offspring of Refuge cattle. Elvin Blevins, Wynnewood, Oklahoma, was the guy who first got me started, and his were straight Refuge cattle.” Roberts, who retired after 25 years as Executive Secretary of the American Paint Horse Association, went to the annual auctions of WR cattle for about 25 years, beginning in the 1970s, but never bought any cattle at those sales. “I bought them from people who had bought them there. The event itself became a big thing and you got to see so many people in the Longhorn business. I became good friends there with Orren Mixer, the artist who painted the famous ‘Good Mama’ picture. He also loved these cattle and attended nearly every year.” “We called the Refuge sale ‘the gathering of the faithful.’ That’s the thing I think about – all these people got together, enjoyed the friendship and exchanged ideas. It was something to really look forward to.” “They came from Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado and places like that, and that might be the only time you’d ever see those people. I think it had a lot to do with the development and marketing of Longhorns over a long period of time.” “The WR cattle didn’t have the horn we are seeing today,” Ed continued, “but I think they have a lot of things – ranging ability, longevity – a lot of desirable traits that were maybe stronger then than they are now. We also had the --continued on pg. 50 Texas Longhorn Trails

A Moment in TLBAA History

A look back at significant moments throughout the years since the foundation of the TLBAA. The first Trails Magazine coverage of the TLBAA World Show, TLBT Youth Show and first TLBT Awards Banquet, September 1989

The climax of a year on the show circuit for Texas Longhorn breeders was the 1989 World Show. Over 375 animals were entered by 134 exhibitors from 13 states. Coordinating this exciting event was Glen Lewis, TLBAA director from Franktown, CO, and Richard Carlson of St. Marys, KS. The difficult job of picking the best of the best was Dr. Bob Kropp, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. In the final showdown, a Kansas entry, Red Fawn, was declared the 1989 Grand Champion Female. Owned by B.H. and Jan Walburn of Inman, KS, Red Fawn is by a bull named Excel a/k/a Red Man, a Cowcatcher son with a Frantz bred Y.O. cow on the bottom. Reserve Champion Female was Super Lady 3/4, owned by Bob and Linda Moore, Manteca Ranch, Irving, TX. The 1989 World Champion Bull honors went to Oklahoma. Country Boy, owned by Don King of Bartlesville and Will Miltmore of Stroud, captured the prestigious title. Country Boy is a son of Country Class, a Classic grandson, out of a Cowcatcher daughter, Beverly Hills. Mi Tierra Steakmaker received the nod as Reserve Champion Bull. Steakmaker is owned by Dr. Joseph Graham, Mi Tierra Ranch, Joplin, MO.

TLBT MEMBERS CONVERGE FOR NATIONAL YOUTH SHOW The TLBT National Youth Show, held August 4 during the exposition, drew 152 entries from 13 states. This event features young showmen who have earned the right to compete by winning at Qualifying Youth Shows across the country. The Show Director was Bob Moore of Irving, TX. He was aided by Show Judge Dr. Jerry Gillespie, Head of the Department of Surgery and Medicine in the Veterinary Dept. at Kansas State University, and by Head Ring Steward and Showmanship Judge Mike Montgomery, San Marcos, TX. The show announcer was Col. Eddie Wood. During the show, TLBT President Russell Fairchild presented Col. Eddie Wood with an engraved belt buckle in appreciation for his continuing work and support of the TLBT.

The Reserve Junior Champion Female was Mi Tierra 85 owned by Dr. Joseph Graham. Reserve Senior Champion was another Kansas entry, Double Tuff Tracy, owned by Larry and Judy Haley of Buffalo, KS. Dr. Graham also won Produce of Dam class with progeny of his LS Princess 411. The Get of Sire class winner was Overwhelmer, herd sire of Mike and Laney Weise, LYZ Ranch, Brady, TX. Roll C. Drorbaugh of

The sought-after showmanship awards were won by Junior, Donna Jackson, Austin, TX; Intermediate, Dustin Crist, Scott City, KS; and Senior, Normie Miller, Folsom, LA. Bryan DuBose of Magnolia, TX, showed

Fall Creek, OR, received an award for traveling the longest trail to the Exposition. Mr. Drorbaugh brought his cattle over 2,000 miles. This award was presented by Jerry and Carol Dilley of Granbury, TX.

Texas Gold Heifer Futurity Sixty-one top quality heifers were entered in the Fourth Texas Gold Heifer Futurity held August 3 during the Exposition. Forty-three exhibitors from 12 states competed for over $33,000 in premiums plus more than $2,000 raised at an art auction the night before. The Texas Gold Futurity is one of the largest events of its kind in the country, according to Bob Coffee, Futurity Director. Col. Eddie Wood provided comments during the Futurity as the judges made their decisions. Assigned to the difficult job of judging were Richard Carlson, Luann Crist, Alan Adams, Larry Southard and Dr. Randall Grooms. The heifers were judged on 11 traits: conformation and structural correctness, body capacity, femininity and refinement, feet and legs, udder and teat development, breed character, strength of topline, desirability of tailhead setting, desirability over top of shoulder, rib, loin and rump, desirability of navel and desirability of horns. The judges picked the top ten out of each class by this score sheet and then moved to the arena were the heifers were loosed. There the judges made a closer visual appraisal and final selections.

both the Grand Champion Female and the Grand Champion Bull, both owned by Bill and Anita Wappler, Lucy Creek Ranch, Austin, TX. The Grand Champion Female and Senior Champion was LCR My T Fine Lady. Lucy Creek’s Shiloh was the Grand Champion Bull.

First TLBT Banquet Features Awards, Elections The banquet that followed the TLBT National Youth Show featured shiny awards, close elections and plenty of good food and fellowship. Coordinating the event were Youth Director Bob Moore and his wife, Linda, and Youth Chairman, Norman Hoff and his wife, Sandy. The First Annual TLBT Banquet and awards were made possible by affiliates and individual breeders who have made cash and cow auction donations to the TLBT Fund. Among these were Bob & Linda Moore, Norman & Sandy Hoff, Russell Fairchild & family, John T. & Betty Baker, Jon & Dessie

Gathright, Larry & Sandra Southard, Glen & Lyn Lewis, Bob & Gail Coffee, Don & Kathy King, Bobby & Linda Fletcher, Richard & Luann Crist, Wayne & Billie DuBose, Johnnie & Ruth Hoffman, Ace Cattle Co., Dick Robbins, Richard & Cheryl Carlson, Gene Day & family, Mike & Laney Weise, Mike & Dianne Crocker, Ron & Fay Tooley, James & Sue Singletary, J.B. and Mitzi Hunn, Jerry & Carol Dilley, Royce & Velma Slater, Buck Peters, Dr. Karl Wallace, Dave & Carol Sward, Riemer & Marsha Calhoun. The awards included belt buckles for first --continued on pg. 74



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TLBAA Regions


Chairman of the Board: Todd McKnight • (620) 704-3493

Secretary: Gary Bowdoin • (254) 640-0844

Executive Vice Chairman: Jim Rombeck • (785) 562-6665

Treasurer: John Parmley • (281) 541-1201

1st Vice Chairman: Craig Perez • (979) 906-0043

Director: Ken Morris • (704) 361-6035

2nd Vice Chairman: Tom Smith • (616) 293-0977

Director: Jeff Jespersen • (780) 966-3320



At-Large Director

At-Large Director

Mark Hubbell

(269) 838-3083 hubbelllonghorns@aol.com

Keith DuBose

(979) 277-2161 kwdubose@gmail.com

(620) 704-3493 chairman@tlbaa.org

At-Large Director

At-Large Director

At-Large Director

At-Large Director

Todd McKnight

John Parmley

(281) 541-1201 john@jspservicesinc.com

(701) 590-9073 smithlonghorns@hotmail.com

Region 1 - Director

Region 7 - Director

Jeff Jespersen

(780) 966-3320 jeffj91@hotmail.com

Lana Hightower

(903) 681-1093 glcattleco@aol.com

Region 13 - Director (308) 750-8384 or (308) 246-5600 tejas@mcintyreranches.com

Region 2 - Director

Region 8 - Director

Region 14 - Director

(704) 361-6035 khaoslonghorns@gmail.com

Ken Morris

(484) 638-0228 nel_tam_hearn@yahoo.com

Nelson Hearn

Region 3 - Director

Chad Smith

L.D. McIntyre

Gwen Damato

(817) 304-1665 diamondglonghorns@yahoo.com

(785) 562-6665 jl.rombeck@outlook.com

Region 9 - Director

Region 15 Director

Jim Rombeck

Tom Smith

(616) 293-0977 tom@widespreadranch.com

Russell E. Fairchild

(254) 485-3434 fairchildranch@yahoo.com

(979) 906-0043 cperz1@hotmail.com

Region 4 - Director

Region 10 - Director

Region 16 - Director

Craig Perez

Scott Hughes

(828) 287-4257 shughes@partonlumber.com

Gary Bowdoin

(254) 640-0844 run4funbow@aol.com

(435) 275-2112 doughuny37@gmail.com

Region 5 - Director

Region 11 - Director

Region 17 - Director

Doug Hunt

Nancy Dunn

(334) 318-0887 nancydunn2010@windstream.net

Larry Smith

(281) 935-2811 texasslonghorns@aol.com

(208) 860-7430 terry@fuhrimanins.com

Region 6 - Director

Region 12 - Director

(501) 690-0771 k.kittler@hotmail.com

(979) 249-4255 sktorkildsen@gmail.com

Region 18 - Director

Kathy Kittler

CHARLES SCHREINER III* 1964-1967 WALTER G. RIEDEL, JR.* 1967-1969 J.G. PHILLIPS, JR.* 1969-1971 WALTER B. SCOTT* 1971-1973 JAMES WARREN* 1973-1975 J.W. ISAACS* 1975-1977 J.T. “HAPPY” SHAHAN* 1977-1978

Terry Fuhriman

Bill Torkildsen

JOHN R. BALL 1979-1980


BILL ANTHONY* 1981-1982

GLEN W. LEWIS 1992-1995

DR. L.V. BAKER 1982-1984

TIM MILLER* 1995-1998

DR. W.D. “BILL” CLARK 1984-1986



BOB MOORE* 2003-2005

JOHN T. BAKER 1988-1990


(408) 834-0110 rlbeadle@longfibre.com

Ray Beadle




Chairman: Dr. Bob Kropp – (580) 336-0220

Matt McGuire - (405) 742-4351

Mark Hubbell – (269) 838-3083

Dr. David Hillis – (512) 789-6659

Felix Serna – (361) 294-5331

John T. Baker – (512) 515-6730

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Texas Longhorn Trails

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The following is an alphabetical list of donors since 1982 to the Foundation World Headquarters & Museum Campaign. Every effort has been made to locate every past list of names of donors; however due to the period of time involved, some donors may have been omitted. If we have inadvertently left out your name, please contact the TLBAA office. Thank you for your help and generous support. CONTRIBUTORS TO THE Foundation World Headquarters & Museum Campaign INCLUDE:

Alft’s Longhorn Acres | Allison & Dunaway | Amon G. Carter Foundation | Anonymous Donation | Kenneth Archer Ark-La-Tex Longhorn Assn. | Avery Mays Construction | B & C Farms | B. J. Barnhart Ranches | John T. & Betty Baker Dr. L. V. & Pat Baker | Tom Barnes | Bar Cee Longhorn Ranch | Minford Beard | Charles Belen | B. Eugene Berry, M.D. Mark Strever Blackwood | Blair Ranch | Levi & Brittni Blake | Don Blansitt | Gary Bloomer | Ray Bohy | Larry Bond | Mrs. Larry Bond Joe Brisbois | Curtis Bruner | Brush Creek Ranch | Bullard Ranch | Donald & Annette Butts | Ken Caldwell Riemer & Marcia Calhoun, Jr. | Ronnie Campbell | Richard D. & Cheryl Carlson | William B. Cary | W.C. Cheatham Robert Douglas Clark | W.D. “Bill” & Shirley Clark | Clear Fork Ranch | Dan O. Coates | Dan W. Coates | Tom Cochran Bob Coffee | Mary Colgan | Moe Collins | T.W. Comer | George Conly | John M. Copeland | Don Corley | Richard & LuAnn Crist Bob Crow | Shirley Crystal | Cuerno Largo Cattle Co. | Palmore Currey II | Carl Curry | James Davis | Gene and Eileen Day Mrs. Ted Derryberry | JoAnne & Jim Dickens | Richard Dimon | Claude H. Dixon | James P. Dodds | Neil & Paula Dugger Frank Doherty | Double R Acres | Dow Longhorn Ranch | A.E. & Laura DuBose | Bernard Esunas | Evans Cattle Co. Dave & Billicarole Evans | Shirkie Evans | Allan Finch | Howard Fleming | Bobby & Linda Fletcher | Fuhriman Cattle Co. Wilford Fultz | G-C Longhorns | G R Ranch | Gerald Galipp | Gene Garrett | Judge Thomas & Nola F. Gee | George J. Gerst, Sr. Golden Spread TLBA | William L. Graham | Lucas Graywolf | Cecil Guinn | Dot & Dick Hansen | Sidney Hanson | Sidney Hanson, Sr. Doyle Harrell | Harrell & Sons Cattle Co. | James Hazelton | C.W. Hellen | C.W. Hellen, Jr. | Don Henderson | Gary Henry Donald E. Herrmann | Verlon Hilburn | Jerry Hodge | Ruth & Johnny Hoffman | Dan Hoffmeyer | Mrs. M.P. Hoiness | Hattie Holbein Rufus Low Hoyd | Ken Humphrey | J.B. & Mitzi Hunn | Edith Isaacs | J.W. Isaacs | Mrs. Judy Jenkins | Jerry Cook Ranch Mrs. Johnson | Joe Paul Jones | K & M Plastics | David Kelley | Carl Lee Kemp | King Ranch | Glenn King | Robert R. King Jack Klutts | T.E. Laughlin | Arthur B. E. Lauman | Mike Leak | H.C. Lewis | Rosemary & Bill Lourcey | Kathy & Denny Lux James Maddle | Mrs. Harry H. Magee | Maudeen Marks | Travis & Jeanne Marks | Donald Martin | Max L. Massengale Watt Matthews | Red & Charline McCombs | L.D. & Debbie McIntyre | Jack McManus | Michael McTeod | Meridian Longhorns Joy Merritt | Meshell Farms | Todd & Kelli McKnight | Susy McQueen | Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller | “Money Maker Bull” Money Maker Bull Project | Moore’s Longhorn Ranch | Jean Moore | Ray & Bernice Moore | Morgan Davis Publishing Co. Edward L. Moses, Jr. | John R. Mower | Joe Mueggenborg | James Munster II | Nacogdoches TX Longhorn Sale | Bill Nash North TX & OK Longhorn Assoc. | David & JoAnne Norwood | Oklahoma Texas Longhorn Assn. | Open Triangle Ranch Jack Orem, Jr. | L.R. Orsburn | M.C. Overton II, M.D. | Marvin Overton | Marvin Overton III | James R. Parkey III Doug & Sally Pence | Hoyd Perryman | Jack & Betty Phillips | J.G. Phillips, Jr. | John G. Phillips III | Charles Pilling, Jr. | Odell Pugh Mrs. Charles Pyle | Red Mill Ranch | Edward Reese | Dennis Rhoades | Dick Robbins | Neil Ross | Safari B Ranch | Lemon Saks Terry L. Sales | Ruel Sanders | Stan Searle | John Sellers | B.R. Sells | Col. & Mrs. Ben H. Settles | John Shivers | Robert V. Shultz Robert M. & Kathryn Simpson | Singleton Springs Longhorns | Charley Snyder | Sour Fork Land & Cattle | David R. Starkey Nancy Stevens | Mr. & Mrs. Joe E. Stroube | Randy D. Sullivan | Raymond Tarrart | Taylor’s Texas Longhorn Ranch Teinert & Koch Longhorns | Texas Women Western Artists | Mrs. Lera Thomas | Corine Thompson | Dora Thompson Thelma Thompson | Thurmond Longhorns | Stanley Tidwell | Triple R Ranch | Tri W Longhorn Cattle Co. | Trip Longhorn Jennifer Tyler | James D. Vann | Joe & Lorinda Valentine | Underwood Longhorns | Paul Vinsant | Ed and Sandy Warren Wes Watson | Col. Fraser E. West | Western America TX Longhorn Assoc. | Larry & Carol Whipps | Cheryl Whiteman Johnnie Wickham | Winella Publishing | Eddie Wood | Woodson School Ranch | M.P. Wright III | Wright Texas Longhorn Ranch


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EXTRA! EXTRA! TLBAA Announcements Texas Longhorn Trails Photographer/ Web Designer/ E-Trails Editor

The Trails Photographer/Web Designer/E-Trails Editor works to develop interest from within the TLBAA membership and expand the membership by promoting the Texas Longhorn breed as a viable business and rewarding lifestyle, through photography, and serving as editor of the E-Trails and TLBAA Web site.

Reports to: The Editor in Chief, CEO

Responsibilities Include: General • Work with the TLBAA staff to provide members and prospective members with the most current information on Longhorn sales, shows events and news on a weekly basis by writing, updating and distributing the E-Trails newsletter and Web site and maintaining the TLBAA Web-site. • Work with members and outside vendors to market their goods by selling advertising on website: breeders directory, banner ads, sponsored links.

Editorial: Trails & E-Trails • Complete assigned stories from the Editor in Chief • Generate stories for E-Trails • Digitally shoot photographs of Texas Longhorn events – sales, shows and association membership events – for dual publication, online and print, in the Trails magazine. – Digitally edit photographs using Adobe Photoshop software for print and online publication. – Build Web galleries for online publication using Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop. • Assist Trails Editor in Chief in developing story ideas, direction and readability for E-Trails. • Compile, develop, edit, write and update weekly-online E-Trails newsletter using Constant Contact. – Generate stories from within the agricultural indus try that affect and interest Texas Longhorn Breeders. – Seek out potential trends within the agricultural industry - domestic and international – that impact Texas Longhorn breeding. • Travel to and report on Longhorn events reflecting the lifestyle of the TLBAA membership. • Collect and research developing stories for online and magazine publication. – This includes developing third-party stories that will interest the readership of the Trails magazine. – Search for freelance and previously published external articles for Trails magazine. • Assist in proofing and fact-checking duties for the Trails magazine as Trails Editor in chief and Art Director assign them. • Regularly meet with Trails Editorial Staff to develop direction for upcoming issue topics and articles. • Keep inventory of photography equipment and assets of the Trails magazine. • Assist in special projects as assigned by Trails Editor in Chief. Requirements: •Minimum 2 years experience in email/web design. •Advanced experience with HTML, CSS and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Email resume to: Laura@tlbaa.org


TLBAA Special Events Position

Personality: must be self-driven, results-oriented with a positive outlook. A forward planner, mature and comfortable working with Association members, must be a team player.

Specific Job Skills: Able to communicate and motivate non-profit Association members and committees. Able to acquire vendors and sponsors for special events. Must be able to design and organize sale catalogs and event programs. Must be able to work with Affiliate groups within the Association and keep Show Event records. Ranching or farm experience helpful. Computer Skills: Must be adept in use of MS office 2010 particularly PowerPoint, Excel and Word.

Please email cover letter and resume to: Mike Coston, CEO at mike@tlbaa.org. Faxes may also be accepted at (817) 625-1388, Attn. Mike Coston.


Call us crazy, but until June 30, 2014, your registration department would like to offer you the registration deal of a lifetime: TLBAA’S Spring Madness Sale.

Register any animal between th e age s of 15 mont hs t o 36 months for only $15 .0 0... NORMALLY $25.00.

You can contact Rick (rick@tlbaa.org) or Dana (dana@tlbaa.org) if you have any questions! Or call the office at (817) 625-6241. Texas Longhorn Trails

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Dear TLBT Members,

What a great show season it has been! I have enjoyed seeing all of you guys at shows, sales and other events. I truly mean it when I say that Longhorn people are some of the best people there are. Unfortunately, there are not many more Longhorn functions until World Show, but hopefully I’ll see some of you between now and then. I wanted to remind all graduating seniors about the scholarship opportunities available through TLBAA. You can find information about the Bright Futures Scholarship and the Mosser Family Memorial Scholarship Fund on the TLBAA website. These are both great ways to help you jumpstart your college career. Another good fundraiser is the Senior Heifer Sale, where you can auction off your best heifer to contribute to your college funds. Also, if you are a senior and you haven’t already, contact one of the TLBT officers/directors to be included in the senior slide show and presentation that will be at the World Show Banquet. It is very easy for us to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of shows, school, work and other activities, but sometimes it is nice to remember what all of this is about. Since this year is the 50th anniversary of the TLBAA, I have been researching a lot of the history, and one of the things that came across was the purpose. Basically, this organization was built on the principal of educating and exposing more people to the Texas Longhorn. I think that it is important to remember that the majority of what we do with this breed, including the traveling, politics, showing and marketing of the breed, is to preserve and to tell the public about our cause. And, equally important, to have fun while doing it. Summer is nearly upon us, and I am looking forward, as I’m sure all of you are, to getting out of school, and having some fun in the sun. Until I see y’all again, stay safe and have a blast! Sincerely,

Tarah Moore, TLBT President

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Miriam Grace Faske TLBT Office: Parliamentarian Age: 13 School: Homeschooled Number of Years in the TLBT: 9

What are the benefits in being a TLBT Officer or Director? I am currently serving as the Parliamentarian in the TLBT. I love being an officer because I like the responsibilities of leadership, and I enjoy attending the Leadership Camp at the YO Ranch. Why do you enjoy showing Texas Longhorns? I enjoy showing Texas Longhorns because it is fun, and you can win buckles and all sorts of neat prizes. I also enjoy spending time with my friends who also love Longhorns. Do you see the TLBT helping you with your future career? Yes, I believe that showing has taught me a lot about life. I've learned that it takes a lot of hard work to meet your goals. You may not always be the winner either, which makes you focus on the things you can improve on. What have you learned over the past year through the TLBT? During the past year, the thing I've learned most through TLBT is that we have a great family of Longhorn breeders who really care about each other. My brother was in a very bad car accident last May, and our Longhorn family has really helped us get through this. What would be your advice to a newcomer? I would tell them that it is really fun and that Longhorns are very sweet and gentle, and easy to work with. Being a part of the TLBT is an awesome experience.

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Since January 1, 2014 over 190 applications for membership to the TLBAA have been submitted. We would like to say, “WELCOME!” to each of you. You are in great company as you join the over 4,290 members that share the same passion as you…the Texas Longhorn. We are always mindful of our purpose, “to protect the unique heritage of the Texas Longhorn, to preserve the purity of the breed, and to promote Texas Longhorns as a distinct breed while encouraging its future through promotion, education and research.” At the TLBAA we have many established services to honor this purpose. Whether it is our registration department, special events such as shows and sales throughout the year or our award winning publication the Texas Longhorn Trails, we are here to serve you, our valued member. Once again, WELCOME. We hope to see you all soon! F & S Longhorns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX MB Longhorns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Carol Holland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Shooting Star Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Steve & Carol Marr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OH Kim Lewis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Julie Humphries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Michelle L Fatheree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IL Heath Vaughn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TN Double J Longhorns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KS Lonestar Longhorns Ranch . . . . . . . . . TX Russ & Judy Allen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Edward & Kelly Vaughn. . . . . . . . . . . . OK Joe Dowling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX James Patrick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VA Larry and/or Mellisa Yockey . . . . . . . . OK Brian & Carolyn Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Longshot Longhorns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WI Kristi & Shawn Shelby . . . . . . . . . . . . . CA Vickie Link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Keith E. Weaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PA Betty S. Chavez & Crystal E. Henze . . TX Jimmy & Leah Ackermann. . . . . . . . . . TX Debra Mason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CA Mosaic Miniatures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX David Oppegard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Gary & Carolyn Walker . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Dean Autry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Autry Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TN Littleton Enterprises, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . TX Kelly Erskine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ID John & Kelly Yeates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Wayne & Gail Bulmer . . . . . . . . . . . . QLD Lon Crout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MD Jim Ratto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Elm Grove Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX North View Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OH Robert Danny Hackle . . . . . . . . . . . . . GA Wayne Starch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NM Robert Holland, Sr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FL Lynn Motheral. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Ruth & Kyle Zschiesche. . . . . . . . . . . . TX Embry & Ondrea Byrd . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Goldston Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Janet E. & David I. Vance . . . . . . . . . . TX J L Longhorns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MI Brad & Nancy Clites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KS C & H Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Cynthia Williams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX John & Marie Coelho. . . . . . . . . . . . . . CA Mr. & Mrs. James Floyd . . . . . . . . . . . . TX


Rise N Shine Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Monte & Amber Nabors . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Charles E. Chambers . . . . . . . . . . . . . AR J-S Longhorns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Craig & Charlotte Richardson . . . . . . . OK Cooper Read . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Maria Ramos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Wickware Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Rock N Oz Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Braden Taylor Young . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KY Limb/Hausman/Tensleon Partnership . TX Elmore & Elmore Partnership . . . . . . . KY Carolyn Norton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KY Jordan Glenn Morse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Mark Spaulding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Collins/ Vasut Partnership . . . . . . . . . . TX Penny Wulf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KS Circle Four. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ON Kevin Zabinski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Debra & Gerry Tirpak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FL Moffitt/ M&M Cattle Co/ Birdwell Partnership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NC Loomis/Jones/King/Dunn Partnership. AL Bolen/Jones/King/Dunn Partnership . . AL Chris Bennett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX KB Longhorns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Matthew & Maranda Mettry. . . . . . . . . OK Mark Gilliland, M.D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KS Jeff & Vivian Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Ollive/ Collins Partnership . . . . . . . . . . TX Greg & Jamie Reinhold . . . . . . . . . . . MO Wilson Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WV Joe Raimo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FL Derrick Garrett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Smallwood/ Stotts Partnership . . . . . . TX Hodges/ Hutton Partnership . . . . . . . . MT Clarice Francis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX D. Craig Barnett, DVM. . . . . . . . . . . . . KS Julia Salsbury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Jackie Staley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Allen/ Filip/ Mullinax Partnership . . . . . TX Payne/Williams Partnership. . . . . . . . . TX Kittler/ Miller Partnership . . . . . . . . . . . AR Mark & Wendy Childress . . . . . . . . . . MO Chris Moody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Sandra Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OR Razer Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Melv & Sadie Beiler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PA Lydia Salsbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Michael Zepeda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Alvaro Vazquez Rodriguez. . . . . . . . . JAL

Austin Johnson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX McKnight/ Dees/ Mullinax Partnership KS McKnight/ Filip/ Gilliland . . . . . . . . . . . KS Eric Berkman Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Savannah Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Keelee Jo Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AR Steve Henley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Cheryl Crosby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Steve Everett Kellen Baldwin . . . . . . . TX Savannah Donahue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Steven & Toni Rivard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Daniel Mead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Nick Plusnick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Madilyn Moreland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Gary & Lisa Rossow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Howie/ Harris Partnership . . . . . . . . . . SD Garrett Parish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Legacy Longhorns, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . OK MK Cattle Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Caitlin Pott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MN Triple R Ranch/ Box Z Ranch . . . . . . . TX Carl Williams IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LA Tip to Tip Beef Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX McKnight/ Gilliland Partnership . . . . . . KS William D. (Bill) Winner. . . . . . . . . . . . MO Anthony Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Bruce W. Cline, OD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Marisa Garcia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Rick Schrank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Kathy Palladini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Rockinjf Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FL Ballew Cattle Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK McKnight/ Clark Partnership . . . . . . . . KS Matthew Curtis Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Haltom/Jones/King/Dunn Partnership. KY Anderson Creek Longhorns. . . . . . . . . AL Clint & Joan Short . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ID Reck/Monzingo Partnership . . . . . . . . TX Kendell Karonka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Anna Reed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Bowman/Lutt Longhorns Partnership . KS Star Creek Ranch/Ladnier Partnership TX Kendall Wallace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Tyler Lindsey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MS Addison Laurence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX K.D. & Katherine Carey . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Locke Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK Greg Franks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Catherine Ritter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Carolyn Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX Daniel Babler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TX

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May/June 2014



Highlights Rifles donated by John Marshall for raffle raised $1,740.00 for Samuel Faske.

I want to offer my sincere thanks to everyone involved in our inaugural sale at the ranch on March 22nd and 23rd. From those who helped plan and execute the sale to the wonderful folks who consigned and bought and sold stock, it was a great event, and I am deeply appreciative. We will do it again in 2015, even bigger and better! Warmest thanks to all, John Marshall

Sale Average-51 lots $1,770.00

✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯ HIGH SELLING LOT:

$7,000 – Lot 14

Photos by Mike Coston & Tessa Millsap


(2011 Daughter out of Bolt Action Star & Back Stage Tango) Consignor: Star Creek Ranch, Somerville, TX Buyer: Joe Valentine, Bowling Green, KY



II EMBRYOS - Consigned by John Marshall, Llano, TX. Purchased by Brian Brett, Southlake, TX

$5,000 – Lot 22 - RJF SITTIN COMFORT (2009 Daughter of Sittin Bull & Southern Comfort 022) - Consigned by John Marshall, Llano, TX. Purchased by Hudson Longhorns, Floyds Knobs, IN


– Lot 31 - RR ELUSIVE BRINDLE (2008 Daughter of JP Rio Grande x BL Cottan Kandy) - Consigned by Rick & Tracey Friedrich, Houston, TX. Purchased by John Marshall, Llano, TX

$4,000 – Lot 16 - PACIFIC DINA (2011 Daughter of Working Ranger x Pacific Martha) - Consigned by Mike Casey, Nicasio, CA. Purchased by Red McCombs Ranches of Texas, Johnson City, TX Results submitted by Tessa Millsap, Sale Management

Fredrick Benn, Houston, TX; Bubba Bollier, Llano, TX; John Marshall, Llano, TX; TLBAA's Mike Coston; Gary Huddleston, Rochelle, TX

Darlene Aldridge, DVM, Somerville, TX receives the award for the consignor of the High Selling Lot during the sale. --continued on pg. 36


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We appreciate the support of our 2013 Horn Showcase Sponsors! The event would not be possible without you!




Horn Showcase and Sale Info turn to page 49 Bull Alley Announcement turn to page 51 Horn Showcase Sale Consignment Form page 53

Let’s make 2014 bigger and better than ever! May/June 2014


--continued from pg. 34

Bruce McCarty, Weatherford, TX; Dale Hunt, Ardmore, OK; Tessa Millsap, Meridian, TX; John Marshall; Bubba Bollier

Christopher Dixon, Meridian, TX

Gary Huddleston; Kim Richey, San Angelo, TX; Dan Tisdale, Bowie, TX

Craig Perez, Comanche, OK; Dennis Urbantke, San Angelo, TX

Lee Falkenhagen, Briggs, TX with Angela George

Darlene Aldridge, DVM, with Ron Martens, Somerville, TX

Christy & John Randolph, Smithville, TX Alan Sparger, Comfort, TX

Don & Rhonda Poe, Whitewright, TX Robert Richey, San Angelo, TX; Craig Perez; Dr. Zech Dameron, Coppell, TX; John Hever, Johnson City, TX

Kim Richey; Dora Thompson, Mansfield, LA

Suzanne & Bill Torkildsen, Fayetteville, TX


Louis Christa & Jason Christa, Luling, TX Texas Longhorn Trails


Highlights Friday Night Heifer Sale Sold 34 Heifers Gross Sales: $291,000 Sale Average: $8,562 Saturday Texas Longhorn Cow Sale Sold 78 Lots Gross Sales: $954,550 Sale Average: $12,238 Two Day Sales Gross: $1,245,650 Total Sales Average: $11,121 112 Head Sold in Two Days One PO

Sale Hosts Joe & Lorinda Valentine, Bowling Green, KY; Elizabeth & Bill Hudson, Floyds Knobs, IN.

High Selling Lot consignors Kurt & Glenda Twining, Dallas, TX; High Selling Lot buyers and top Volume Buyers Jeanne & Richard Filip, Fayetteville, TX.



1. Richard & Jeanne Filip Bentwood Ranch $173,300 2. Bill & Elizabeth Hudson Hudson Longhorns $108,000 3. Joe & Lorinda Valentine Panther Creek Longhorns $101, 600 4. Bill & Judy Meridith Tallgrass Cattle Company $96,000


5. John Marshall Blue Ridge Longhorns $46,500


6. Todd & Kelli McKnight CedarView Ranch $31,500


7 BAR BRANDY’S HEAVEN Consignor: Davis Green Purchased By: John Marshall



M Arrow Cha-Ching Consignor: Kurt & Glenda Twining Purchased by: Richard & Jeanne Filip




7. Ronald Mullinax Brazos Rose Ranch $31,000


8. William McLeod Home Branch Ranch $30,700


9. Les, Lane & Lisa Craft Craft Ranch $27,700


10. Jim & Barbara Atwell Royal Heritage Farm $27,000

★ $26,500 raised for Jim Curry ★ Lot #44 Rangers Pretty Lady, Sold for $24,000 Donated by Rob and Marci Fenza. Purchased by Richard and Jeanne Filip Proceeds go to Terry Brown Memorial Scholarship – Baylor University

Peg & Dick Lowe with Derek Channell, Horton, MI --continued on pg. 42

--continued from pg. 40 RenĂŠ Azinger, Houston, TX; Pam Loomis, Marietta, OK; Tracey Friedrich, Houston, TX.

Scott Simmons, Medora, IL Jimmy Jones, Greenville, AL; Mike Bowman, Benton, KS

Jon Berrian with Tom Smith, Lowell, MI Chris Herron & Blayne Chenoweth, Norco, CA

Kara Dickinson, Barnesville, OH

Sale Host Joe Valentine; Jay Wachter, Keymar, MD. Ken Morris, Monroe, NC; Rick Friedrich, Houston, TX; Aaron Adkins, Rutherfordton, NC Sonny & Angie Robertson, Olmstead, KY

Todd McKnight, Pittsburgh, KS; Jim Rombeck, Lyons, KS

Bill & Judy Meridith, Wellington, KS

Dan Huntington, Gresham, WI

Photos submitted by Ashley Loos Darin & Dawn Divinia, Red Oak, TX; Cindy & Brent Bolen, Lufkin, TX

Dan Grove & daughter Leah, Bailey, NC

Scott & Stacey Schumacher, Era, TX


Brian & Suzanne Brett, Southlake, TX Davis Green with Kimberly Gardner, Aubrey, TX

--continued on pg. 46 Texas Longhorn Trails

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SOUTHEASTERN WINCHESTER FUTURITY RESULTS Submitted by Southeastern Winchester Futurity

Scott Hughes, Rutherdfordton, NC

Lynette & James Haltom, London, KY won 1st place and Grand Champion with Bubba Tuff Chex.

Henry Detweiler, Vermontville, MI & Cindy Bolen, Lufkin, TX fill out paperwork for their rifles.

Bull Results and more on Page 76! 46

Futurity Judges: Rick Friedrich, Houston, TX; Dan Jones, Washington, IN; Justin Hansen, Paskenta, CA; Nathan Helm, Red Oak, TX; Tom Billingsley, Lufkin, TX. Texas Longhorn Trails

36th B&C Show Me Longhorn Sale MARCH 29, 2014 BROOKFIELD, MO AUCTIONEERS: BILL SAYRE & SHAWN SAYRE FUTURITY JUDGE: TOM NADING Results submitted by Bill Sayre

Highlights ✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯ HIGH SELLING LOT (23):

14 head of futurity heifers: Class I & II combined – 1st Place F6 - Consignor Mike Tomey; 2nd Place F1 – Consignor Jody Shaw Class III – 1st Place F13 Consignor Larry & Mary Ann Long; 2nd Place F7 - Consignor Oren & Dianna O’Dell; 3rd Place F8 - Consigned by Oren & Dianna O’Dell $4910.00 given + premiums + calcutta

Tom Nading, Oswego, KS; Shawn Sayre, Sayre Auctions



Consignor: Larry & Mary Ann Long Buyer: Scott and Darla Simmons




Consignor: Larry & Mary Ann Long Buyer: Bill & Michelle Smith

Dara & Scott Simmons, Medora, IL

Vicki Smeal, Scribner, NE; Bonnie Damrow, Roca, NE

✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯✯ 361 Head Sold to 121 Registered Buyers from 17 States. 59 catalog cattle, 1 no sale, 2 outs Top 5 Head Average $3,690.00 302 Non-Catalog, Commercial & Ropers Top Commercial Cows $1,850 Top Ropers $855.00

Oren O’Dell, Oswatomie, KS; Tom Nading, Oswego, KS; Mary Ann Long, North Platte, NE; Shawn Sayre, Sayre Auctions; Larry Long, North Platte, NE.

Photos by Ashley Loos

Grandson of Ward Casteel

Sayre Auction Group


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36th B&C Show Me Longhorn Sale

Dylaney (Granddaughter of Roger & Bonnie Damrow of Roca, NE); Oren O’Dell, Oswatomie, KS

Tom Nading, Oswego, KS; Shawn Sayre, Sayre Auctions; Mike & Jamie Tomey, Bedford, IN; Jodi Shaw, Prospect, TN; Anchor D Longhorns, Belvidere, KS

Bill Wick & Jodi Shaw, Prospect, TN

Roger Townsend; Pulaski, TN

A full crowd made for an exciting sale.

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U.S. cattle at Fort Niobrara – I thought they were exceptional, and they had a little more size.” The record keeping of the WR cattle was incredible, according to Roberts. “They had records that went back to the very beginning, and how important that was! Initially, when the registry was founded, they just picked that up from those records and kept going. Those records were meticulous. I have all the studbooks that were published. Some

cattle. To me, the history is important. I love the markings and the history and the color, and that’s why I stayed with it for 43 years.” dick robbins Dick Robbins, Belvidere, Kansas, went to 37 consecutive cattle auctions at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge – but he missed this year. “I began going in 1976,” he said, “but even the year before, in 1975, I had people buy for me.”

“...back five generations you didn’t have any unknowns” – Dick Robbins individual went back and got those records and published studbooks that you can buy.” “I really study pedigrees, and those bulls were really the foundation of the registry. A lot of people that are in the business today have no concept of the foundation of the Texas Longhorn breed and it goes right back to the Refuge. There were other cattle, but the Refuge was the main source.” “One of the things that I get concerned about is single-trait selection. One of the things that always attracted me is that they were multiple-talented


“The mission of the Refuge,” in regard to Longhorns, said Robbins, “is to preserve the old time Spanish cattle for future generations to enjoy while keeping as wide a gene pool as possible. That was the mission statement. And again, the herd was big enough at the WR that the gene pool would stay wide. There is no danger of getting them inbred too much. I don’t worry about that. One of the reasons I like the WR pedigrees is that they went back further and you could look for things.” “With WR cattle and their records, back five generations, you didn’t have

any unknowns.” “Early on,” recalled Robbins, “the WR sales set the benchmark. What those calves brought was what you could kind of figure on. And as far as the socializing, there weren’t that many other sales, not that many places to socialize, and that was the birthplace of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America — Lawton, Oklahoma. Then we got to having more and more sales around the country and too many to go to all of them.” “Most WR cattle are just as good as they ever were. The ones I have bought, if they say WR Texas Longhorn, they make just as good mommas, their heifers are just as good mommas and they will put you up a tree just as fast as any other cow when you monkey with their calf. When you get them settled down, when their calves are big enough to travel, they are just as good as anything else.” With or without paperwork and pedigrees, Texas Longhorn cattle will still retain their unique combination of longevity, resistance to disease, fertility, ease of calving, and ability to thrive on marginal pastures. Texas Longhorn Trails

What Makes A Good Texas Longhorn Cow?


ans of the Texas Longhorn cow are unanimous in her praise but varied in the particulars. Some will emphasize horn, some applaud color, others praise size, but that lack of unanimity in no way diminishes the fact that they believe her to be the best calf-producing creature to come down the pike. Geography and climate place certain demands on the brood cow, and these factors also contribute to the level of attention the cattlemen must provide. The Longhorn’s legendary adaptability is demonstrated in her ability to survive and prosper in climes as varied as the Gulf Coast and Canada, and locales from coast to coast. A sampling of thoughts from a dozen producers displays the differences as well as similarities in the management of this adaptable cow. DR. GENE BERRY BATON ROUGE, LA

tant to an owner who is going to have to work the cattle and keep up with them. I’ll cull any cows that are not fairly easy to work with.”

“Size is not necessarily a trait that you have to have,” says WARREN DORATHY, Dr. Berry, “but at the end SANGER, CA of the day, a lot of cattle will be sold by the pound, therefore you have to “We are located think in terms of a cow that is able in the Central Valley to generate a calf that will gain some of California – the San weight, so that by the time you wean Joaquin Valley,” stated Dothe calf, you’ve got a calf that can go rathy. “Our average rainfall is beto the scale and give you some retween 11 and 12 inches. We have turn on your investment. I’ve also been in a drought the last couple of found that some of our larger cattle years, and this year has been the tend to continue to have horn worst one yet. I pretty much have to growth, and to me, that’s sort of possupplement feed almost the year itive, so I’ve tried to combine a reaaround – and especially this year. sonable frame with a complete cow We are going to wind up with about with large horns, including a good one-third of normal rainfall and we udder, good pelvis, didn’t get much grass at good fertility, and the all this year. It’s already Top on most lists… starting to dry up.” more color, the better.” “But I do not let 1. Fertility “As I reflect on it, I that influence me on 2. Mothering Ability the style of Longhorn I believe that having a larger cow, for me, is like. I tend to favor 3. Temperament possible by having Longhorns that have pretty much year good bone, and I like around grazing. We are not trying to some size on them. We don’t have a get by on as limited amount of grass real large place that requires them to as some producers may be, such that travel a lot, and what we do have is they would benefit from having less a little bit hilly.” feed requirements, especially during “Fertility, mothering ability and the winter. We have the luxury of temperament are important. I like to being able to feed, either with rye get them bred back as soon as I can grass or some other supplement in after calving. One thing I have the winter fairly comfortably and learned about the Longhorns is that keep these larger cows going.” they are pretty fertile animals and “To me, temperament is imporyou don’t run into many breeding


problems. Temperament is a big deal because here at the home place, we do AI a lot; we do a little bit of flushing. I don’t want them running over me and I don’t want to chase them around.” “Of real importance are good sound udders. There’s a ton of them out there that just don’t have that. The good udder and the milkability of the Longhorn…number one, the better calf she is going to raise, her longevity will be better and she will be able to stay in the herd longer.” CURTIS ELBURN PERU, IN

Peru is located in the north-central part of Indiana, and Curtis says it’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. “In the three or four winter months,” he says, “we get quite a bit of snow and cold weather. We get real good fresh rye grass in the summer and spring – just about perfect weather for growing quality cattle – or quality animals of any kind.” “I want the total cow, one with good size and body, and good conformation. She has to have the feet and legs to carry her to the grass and good teeth to eat it; a good total animal. Color is not first on my list – horn and conformation and their genetics are the big things. I look at genetics several generations back, and look for cows with similar characteristics.” --continued on pg. 54 Texas Longhorn Trails


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--continued from pg. 52 SCOTT HUGHES RUTHERFORDTON, NC

If you drew an eastwest line, coast-to-coast across the USA, the line that runs through Fort Worth would run mighty close to Scott Hughes place. “We are just on the east coast,” he says. “Our forage for the Longhorn is somewhat different than the forage further west of us. Our grasses, unique to this area, are fescue and clover, so we have to be careful when we buy an animal from Kansas or Oklahoma or Texas; we have to acclimate that animal to this high protein grass that we have. They can easily get grass tetany; it takes about three months to acclimate them.” Hughes says the partnership with his son-in-law Aaron Adkins and fellow breeder Ken Morris has enabled them to improve their cow herd much quicker. And with their investment in Cowboy Catchit Chex, says Hughes, “You would think we were only interested in horn. But as it stands today, with modern day bloodlines, we think we’ve reached the point where 75 to 80 inches of horn is adequate. We don’t want a herd of cattle that, when you’re standing a hundred yards away, they look like steers. We want cattle that excel in milk production and the maternal traits that these Longhorn cattle were famous for 25 years ago.” ROBERT FENZA WEST CHESTER, PA

“The first thing I look for in a brood cow is her body,” said Fenza. “I want a large-frame cow with a good solid body. I want a large udder; I want a good heavy milker. We have some cold weather in Pennsylvania and it is important that cows have good, durable bodies. Cows that have more meat on their bones winter over better and produce healthier, larger calves.” “The second thing I look at is the pedigree. There are certain bulls that have been known to produce really good characteristics in cows. I’m not as concerned about horn as others are. I really look for conformation, I look for a healthy animal, I look for a large animal, I look for a great udder, a great hip. I want something that’s tall and I like a


clean body. I like color, and horn is part look for good feet and legs, we look for of it, but I look for a pedigree.” an udder that’s structured well, and we “We have developed a nice lean beef still continue to breed for conformabusiness, so we have plenty of opportution. I know that horn seems to be the nities to cull a brood cow that isn’t livbig thing, and is something that a lot of ing up to my expectations. And we do people breed for – we don’t. If we’ve got that aggressively; we don’t keep these a good horn, which we do have on cows and we don’t sell them in public most of our animals, that’s an added sales, either. We only sell the best.” bonus. The bottom line is, you may still “Pennsylvania have to eat that anigets a lot of rainfall so I’ve got to While climate can affect size mal, and we have a very have a good beef green environment; and horn growth, all agree that animal as well. My nice grass – we don’t focus is still conforthe Texas Longhorn cow is have to irrigate. We mation and attihave some cold temtude; I need to be remarkably able to adapt. peratures, and this able to work was a record-setting around these aniwinter. We had a month straight where mals, to walk in the pasture with young the temperature didn’t get above freezkids and enjoy the beauty of these aniing and we had ten days below zero. mals. The ones we have retained have We’ve had about five feet of snow cuwon a national show or some type of mulative this year. Once the snow got show and they continue to produce on the ground in January it didn’t leave winners. That’s what we look at.” until March…it was a tough year for “We have been breeders since 1988 grass.” and we watched the trends change and “West Chester is in southeastern we have also watched some of the charPennsylvania near Lancaster County, in acteristics of the animals change, but we an area known as Brandywine Valley. It have continued to work with the cattle was the area where the American Revowe like and we are comfortable with. lutionary War really got started. Our We maintain those sound characterisfarm is part of the original William tics, not going off on tangents and have Penn land grant, and dates back to stayed with the traditional.” 1615. The farm house we live in was “Our weather can be absolutely misbuilt in1764 – it is an all stone colonial erable and we have had a long, cold farmhouse. The farm today is much, winter, but spring and summer are much smaller – when it was originally beautiful. It can get up to 100 degrees, given, it was 1500 acres. Today I have 22 but at night it gets cooled off. By 9 acres and I have another farm just up o’clock, you can open your windows the road where I raise my hay.” and there’s a cool breeze blowing and humidity is low. It’s just a really peaceful part of the world and if people DEB LESYK - OUTLOOK, haven’t experienced Canada, they need SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA to come.” “Our climate is colder than what Texas JAMES & LYNETTE HALTOM LONDON, KY Longhorns were originally brought up in,” says Lesyk, “but we are amazed in their The Haltom’s adaptability to climate. Our animals all farm is in southhave shelters; they are all well vetted, east part of Kenand are fed throughout the winter. That tucky, about 70 miles north of Knoxville, is probably our biggest thing, purchasTennessee. They have four seasons with ing feed for seven months so far this mild winters, warm summers and beauwinter, and spring isn’t here yet.” tiful spring and fall…and lots of rain. “We don’t have many cattle at all, “I like the Longhorns because they because we don’t have that much land, are so hardy,” says James. “They go so our animals have to be able to put a through the hard winters and they go calf on the ground every year and be through the hot summer.” able to retain their conformation. We --continued on pg. 56 Texas Longhorn Trails

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“And they will eat just about anyto bring into my herd. So I just try to pick thing,” Lynette chimes in. “One of our what I perceive to be the top bloodlines properties is woods, and they keep the – and make my decisions on those.” underbrush cleared out. We have about “I also have a commercial herd I’m 20 acres of grass and 40 acres of woods; trying to develop; I’m selling some black the grass is mainly fescue.” calves at the sale barn to help supple“We try to pick big cows with twisty ment my registered Longhorn herd; it horns,” said James. “My little bull is a helps pay the feed bill.” son out of Tuff Chex, you know, that 90 In addition to bloodlines, Billingsley inch bull. I’m trying to get a comproevaluates potential brood cow purchases mise between the straight horns and the for udder, milking and reproduction potwisty horns and still get the length.” tential and a sturdy frame. Lynette pointed out that when they “Temperament is a consideration. I look at cows, they’ve got to have outget rid of my cows that give me problems. standing pedigrees. I don’t have much “We want to sell cows help when I work While climate can affect size cows, and I am not with the pedigree and the name, with size and horn growth, all agree that very tolerant of disand horns.” position probthe Texas Longhorn cow is “We’ve just got a lems.” small herd, 12 cows, “Fertility is a remarkably able to adapt. so we’re not going to real driver. My vet make a living and pay comes out twice a the feed bills selling beef. We’ve got to year – once in November and once in sell breeding stock, so we look for the May – if a cow is open, and she is open best pedigree.” again the next session, she is gone. No While color and size are important, questions asked. So fertility is extremely said James, “Disposition is just really, important.” really important to us. This month Although the Billingsleys had owned we’ve got like a hundred kindergarten their ranch several years, they bought and first graders coming out on a field their first Texas Longhorns in 2007. “It trip to hand-feed the Longhorns. Then was a joyous adventure,” said Tom. “We on the first, we’ve got about 50 4-H peohave made countless, wonderful friends ple coming out – and they come out that we cherish. We love going to the every year. And when the 4-H kids are sales, we like the people and we love the here, they are out fishing and playing animals.” and the cows are right there with them. We can’t have something that’s going to OREN O’DELL go after these kids.” OSAWATOMIE, KS TOM BILLINGSLEY LUFKIN, TX

“Coming out of the drought affects what we buy and what we keep,” observed Tom Billingsley. “The environment we have been in forced us to reduce the number of breeding cows we keep due to the available grass and the cost of feed.” “Our ranch is located in San Saba County, which is about an hour and a half northwest of Austin. Rainfall is below 20 inches a year, so it is a semi-arid area of the Hill Country. The grass is real strong when we have rain, a lot of mineral, a lot of protein for the animals.” “I make my purchase decisions mostly on pedigree and what I’m trying


“My ideal cow will weigh 1100 to 1300 pounds,” said Oren. “She’ll have great conformation, she will have good horn and she will be a great mother and milker. Milking is the most important thing in a brood cow as far as I am concerned, because if she can’t raise a calf she can’t produce him.” “We do have bad weather at times and I like a big cow, I like big stock because that’s what I raise. And I won’t keep a cow that doesn’t have a good disposition. If she’s got a bad attitude she’s not going to stay at my place.” “I’m not just looking at horn – I want good horn, but I won’t just select my cows for horn. I want them to calve every 12 months and be easy keepers. I

won’t keep a cow that’s hard to keep – I don’t care how much horn she’s got or any of those things.” SHAWN M. PEQUIGNOT WELLSVILLE, PA

“To look for a cow for a keeper,” says Shawn, “we look for milking ability and pedigree. Horn and color are important. But if they have the pedigree to produce the horn, that’s not as important as if the cow has the horn.” “We are in the south central part of Pennsylvania. Our winters are hard, so we like our brood cows to be on the bigger side; we don’t really care for the smaller frame cattle. But spring and fall are beautiful, and we can go from April to October on pasture.” “Calving history is important – if you have a cow that has everything but she is a troubled breeder, she is not worth anything to us.” “We have children, an eight-year-old and a ten-year-old, who are very active with the cattle, so if I have any that are aggressive, we don’t keep them around either. My wife does the AI for us, so temperament is very important. We just have a small operation, so if we have one that lights the whole herd up, that doesn’t do well.” GLEN W. LEWIS LINCOLN, MO

Glen Lewis, a past president of the TLBAA, has been in the Texas Longhorn business since the middle 1970’s. He has always advocated that Texas Longhorn cattle should be part of the beef industry. “There had to be a base for the cattle,” he said, “so we didn’t have to give them away if they weren’t absolutely the top of the breed as far as structure and horns.” “We started the beef sales back in the ‘80s. I notice a lot of people are grinding them up and selling them that way now. We were doing that years and years ago.” “We took our Longhorns that we didn’t register and bred them to registered Black Angus bulls. About 60 to 65% you would have thought were --continued on pg. 71 Texas Longhorn Trails


Longhorns & Lace Benefit and Sale Red River Longhorn Sale


Red River sale hosts Bob & Pam Loomis, Loomis Ranch with Tracey & Rick Friedrich, River Ranch. Not pictured: Frank & Michelle Hevrdejs, Deer Creek Longhorns. (Photo by Stacey Schumacher)

Averages Friday: $1,289 - 19 lots Saturday: $3,036 - 35 lots Overall: $2,421 - 54 lots Top 5 selling lots 70 - $10,700 Buyer: Rorie Cowden, Cowden Ranch 44 - $10,000 Buyer: Joe & Lorinda Valentine, Panther Creek Ranch

Wade Martinez, Twin Creeks Ranch, shows off the high selling donated item of the weekend - a Texas Longhorn skull donated to the Longhorns & Lace Benefit by Dickinson Cattle Company and decorated by Tracey Friedrich, River Ranch. Tracey used over 7,000 swaroski crystals, applied by hand, to adorn this skull. It raised over $2,500 for charity! (Photo by

Sherri Adcock, TS Adcock Longhorns with Cay Billingsley, Billingsley Longhorns (Photo by Stacey Schumacher)

57 - $6,500 Buyer: Frank & Michelle Hevrdejs, Deer Creek Longhorns


The Mounce family - Kerry, Nancee, Mallory & Paul, 4 Gone Ranch

Stacey Schumacher)

53 - $8,000 Buyer: Terry & Sherri Adcock, TS Adcock Longhorns

50 - $5,700 Buyer: Bob & Pam Loomis, Loomis Ranch Longhorns

Jaymie Feldmann and Molly Clubb, Hired Hand Software with Tessa Millsap, Improving Genetics were the hostesses of the Longhorns & Lace Benefit portion of the Red River Sale weekend.

Scott Coleman, Coleman County Catering and SS Longhorn Ranch generously donated the Friday night meal. It was a full house at Saturday's sale

Debbie Witham, Dreamcatcher Ranch, shows off one of the "surprise bag" items she purchased - a photo of Dale Hunt in his golden years. (Photo by Stacey Schumacher)

--continued on pg. 60 Texas Longhorn Trails

-- continued from pg. 58 The top three winners in the Longhorn Semen Poker Tournament from left to right: Tony Scheffler, Touchdown Ranch, 2nd place; LaTresa Wright, Yukon, OR, Anderson Longhorns, 1st place; Eric Medina, Medina's Custom Poker Tables; Don Poe, 3P Longhorns, 3rd place. Special thanks to Latrice for donating back part of her winnings to be auctioned off for charity during the Saturday sale! (Photo by Stacey Schumacher)

The Longhorn ladies that participated in the FREE Limo Shopping Spree shown here at Miranda Lambert's "Pink Pistol" store.

A few of the Longhorn ladies after they returned from the FREE Limo Shopping spree at the Pink Pistol, complete with pink bags full of goodies. The Limo shopping spree was offered FREE to any Longhorn lady who wished to participate as part of the Longhorns & Lace Benefit portion of the Red River Sale weekend

Pam Loomis, Loomis Ranch with LaTresa Wright, Yukon, OR, Anderson Longhorns (Photo by Stacey Schumacher)

Tessa Millsap, Longhorns & Lace Benefit hostess, shows off a skull donated by Dickinson Cattle Company and decorated by Gwen Damato, Diamond G Longhorns. (Photo by Stacey Schumacher)

Isabelle and Sophia Mills, Legend Valley Ranch (Photo by Stacey Schumacher)

Sharon Parr, KO Ranch with Toni Stegemoller, TL Longhorns.

The finalists in the Poker Tournament play for over 300 straws of Longhorn Bull Semen at a custom designed table donated by Medina's Custom Poker Tables. The Semen Poker Tournament was part of the Man Cave hosted by the Longhorns & Lace Benefit portion of the Red River Sale weekend.


Chris Clark, Circle Double C Ranch with Justin Rombeck, Longhorn Opportunities.

Sherrill Caddell, Rockin H Longhorns with Kimberly Gardner, 7 Bar Longhorns. (Photo by Stacey Schumacher)

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NEWS On the Trail... Rouge Wins Mosser Sponsorship at Small Town America Art Show Submitted by Lee Tisdale

Thank you Rex and Nora Mosser for your sponsorship of Small Town America Art Show. Ten-year-old Layla Rouge won the youth division. Due to the exposure and coverage provided from the show, Layla is getting commissions. She is proud to be able to help her single mom and two younger brothers with her prize money and selling her work. The Bowie Alliance for Education and the Arts uses money raised from sponsors, donations and entries for awards and scholarships to encourage interest and participation in events staged throughout the year. Musicals, visual arts, theatre and visiting professionals encourage the young wantabees to continue their creative efforts. Lee Tisdale is chairperson for the art committee and is planning to accept digital copies of artwork so more young and mature artists can enter and support the effort to close the gap in rural education. Making a donation to the Small Town America Art Show will enable the continuation of this program. For donations, mail them to: Small Town America Art Show, P.O. Box 645, Bowie, TX 76230-0645. In addition to getting the Small Town America Art Show arts scholarships moving, Tisdale has judged the art division of the Autobahn Youth Scholarship Tour for two years. The art division proved so popular and showed such great talent, that Tisdale was asked by Larry Barker to organize and participate in the show as director of the activity. Tisdale considers this appointment an honor not to be taken lightly. Both of these shows provide a place for young people to show their creativity.

Local Ranchers Win Big at Bowling Green Submitted by James & Lynette Haltom Every serious rancher knows what a Henry Golden Boy lever-action .22 rifle is, and what it takes to win one. James and Lynette Haltom are no exception, having already won two this year alone. James, a “Texas cowboy” and Navy veteran, and Lynette, a “California city girl,” moved to Kentucky in 2008 and shortly thereafter began raising Texas Longhorn cattle in a “little hollar in Kentucky.” Only in their second year of raising Longhorns and competing in shows for younger cattle, the Haltoms have already made a name for themselves in the rancher community. On April 4, they loaded up three of their best cattle and headed to Bowling Green for the Southeastern Winchester Futurity cattle show at the Western Kentucky University Agriculture Expo Center and they came home with three awards, including Grand Champion Bull. “We went to the show last year, and our cattle just weren’t up to snuff,” James said. “We got rid of most of what we had last year and started getting some new cattle.”


James and Lynette Haltom proudly hold their Henry Golden Boy Rifles When they started looking for the new cattle, they called some of the biggest breeders in the country. “Our little bull, his daddy is a world record holder,” James said. “He’s got 92 inch horns. Our little bull, right now is the number one yearling bull in the country, at least until the next big show in August.” In Bowling Green, the Haltoms were competing against some of the biggest ranchers in the country, more than 20 states were represented and some ranches brought multiple entries for each category. “We were competing with some of the biggest ranches in the country,” Lynette said. “We only took three animals, and we took first, first and third. That’s pretty

TLBAA Presence at the Henderson Co. Cow Clinic Submitted by Dr. Timothy M. Roddam

East Texas Longhorn Affiliate was well represented on April 3 at Henderson County’s annual Cow-Calf Clinic at the Henderson County Fairgrounds in Athens, TX. The event is sponsored by the Henderson County Beef Cattle Committee and Texas Agrilife Extension Service. Manning the display table with TLBAA brochures and copies of Trails were Troy and Haley Calhoun, Jacob and Amy Weatherholtz, and Dr. Timothy M. Roddam, all area breeders. Haley penned several head from her showstring nearby along with a buckle and ribbons won recently in Oklahoma, which caught the eyes of the over 200 people in attendance. Dr. Roddam stated, “The most exciting feature of our participation in this annual event is our opportunity to personally interact with those who stop to talk to us at the display table. We answer questions and actually get to do some coaching and mentoring of new prospective Longhorn producers that we can stay in contact and follow up with in the future.” Dr. Roddam also added how that in years gone by, Longhorns were considered a novelty in Henderson County, but over the years they have gained legitimacy as a competitive breed of beef cattle, explaining “One of our extension agents actually judged a Longhorn show recently. That would have been unheard of a few years ago.”

much unheard of for someone with only 12 cattle.” As a result of their winning, the Haltoms brought home two of the coveted Henry Golden Boy Rifles and cash prizes, a feat that most seasoned ranchers can’t say they’ve accomplished in one show. Bubba Tuff Chex, their Grand Champion Bull, can compete in the futurity shows until he’s three, then like all other cattle, he will move to a different class where he will continue to compete indefinitely. “A lot of people don’t show their mature bulls unless they want to get in to the horn measurement, then you’ve got the horn measurement showcase,” Lynette said. “Then they’re competing in tip-to-tip, how big their horns are and that kind of stuff.” With their bull already being a champion and his father being the world record --continued on pg. 64 Texas Longhorn Trails

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holder for horn size, the Haltoms are planning to use Bubba Tuff Chex’s reputation and pedigree to move in to breeding cattle, a business that they say can bring in a fullygrown bull’s weight in cash. Longhorn cattle are so uncommon to the area that people often call or stop by the Haltom Hollar Ranch to take pictures or pet the cattle. 4-H groups have also been known to spend an entire afternoon feeding the animals, fishing and cooking out with the Haltoms.

History Behind Texas Longhorn Breed As Impressive As Their Horns Story & photos courtesy of The Prarie Star By Terri Adams Longhorn cattle have an interesting history, according to Randy Goff. He should know as he raises Texas Longhorn cattle and direct markets the meat from his ranch near Eureka in the northwest corner of Montana. The longhorn breed originated in Spain and were imported to the United States, Goff noted. “After the Civil War there were 10 million Longhorns down in Texas and the nation was starving for beef,” said Goff, adding the “Western Expansion” had begun and the economics of the nation recovering from war turned to Texas Longhorn cattle to supply them with beef. “To bring in other cattle from England would have been a long, slow process,” said Goff. “To build up herds would have taken even longer.” So they started driving Longhorns north to Kansas. It was about the time the railroad came West. “The cattle gave the railroads something to haul out to the East besides just hauling things out west,” said Goff. The California gold rush started around that time and that also sent drovers and cattle trailing out west. “The whole climate of the country at the time developed a lot of big ranchers,” Goff explained, and some of those ranchers found their way to Montana. “They drove two and three-year-old Longhorns up to Montana to fatten them and then they would ship them out as fouryear-olds,” he said. “The Longhorns had a tremendous impact on settling the West.” The ranchers who were raising the Longhorn cattle were not waiting for things to happen, according to Goff. “They were bringing in the cattle first and starting their ranches and then that would bring workers,” he said. “Then that would bring in stores and other people.” Yet, despite their impact on America, by


one end of the pasture the early 1900s the to protect the calves. Texas Longhorn breed “Then the whole was on the verge of heard pretty much extinction, with fewer mounted a cavalry Longhorn left than charge all at once,” said buffalo. Concerned, Goff. “They came after the federal governthat dog as a whole ment earmarked wall. Any strange dog or $3,000 to help save coyote comes into the the Texas Longhorn field and they will do breed. Photo courtesy of Valerie Goff that. They are a family Today the Texas unit.” Longhorn has re-esThe breed is also long-lived with cows tablished itself as a premier beef breed for giving birth to healthy calves well into their the health conscious. teens. The large pelvis of the cows and the “Their meat has less fat and cholesterol small birth weight of the calves make the than chicken, turkey and bison,” said Goff. breed an easy-calving breed. The Texas Longhorn Breeders Associa“I’ve talked to a lot of old-time cowboys tion is starting to advertise Longhorn beef and they say if you’re raising Longhorn and Walmart has begun selling it in the beef, you are raising the best beef in the South. world,” said Goff. “There is a big movement among conBut Goff likes another thing about the sumers – for local beef, grass-fed beef and breed – their intelligence. for health conscious people,” said Goff. “I “They are smart,” he said. “They aren’t try to fill all those areas with one product.” like the European breeds. They are just fun Longhorns do not grow as fast as other to be around.” breeds of cattle so it takes producers longer For more information about the breed to prepare them for market, Goff said. Becheck out the Texas Longhorn Breeders Ascause of that, their meat is priced comparasociation of America at http://ble to buffalo. www.tlbaa.org/breed/breed.html. “You can sell the horns and the hides, but the real business is for the meat,” said Goff. He direct sells his meat to wholesalers, Herd Sire Graces Cover of restaurants and stores. He also sells quarJournal of Heredity ters and halves to private customers. “We just have a small place,” said Goff. Submitted by David Hillis “We only have about a hundred acres with 90 of those irrigated. We raise about 15 calves a year and hold them until they are two or three.” Because of that, Goff knows his cattle well. “Their disposition is wonderful,” said Goff. “I can pet all of my cows and pick up the calves.” As a breed, the Texas Longhorn is intelligent and athletic. “My cattle can jump any fence on the place if they chose to,” said Goff. “They are incredible travelers. They could outwalk a lot of horses.” Goff related a story of a steer back in the 1800s that they tried to trail to Montana several times but he would just turn around and head back home to Texas, traveling up to 1,000 miles and averaging 30 miles a day. Goff said the breed is very family oriented. In a herd, they care for each other’s David Hillis, Professor at the Department of calves and the bulls will even watch over Integrative Biology at the University of Texas and protect the calves. When a herd memand owner of Double Helix Ranch sumitted ber is threatened, it is common for the enthe photo for the cover of the Journal of tire herd to come to its protection. Heredity. This cover features his herd sire, Goff had a ranch dog the cattle were Cinco de Mayo. This journal will feature an fine with, but recently, when he was watcharticle that Hillis and Emily Jane McTavish ing his neighbor’s dog, the cattle saw the published on estimating the time of hystrange canine and the herd congregated at bridization using cattle genomes. Texas Longhorn Trails

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IN MEMORIAM Ben Gravett April 14, 1954 - April 23, 2014 Businessman, Ben Gravett, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. He was at home surrounded by family and his faithful dogs. Born April 14, 1954 in Washington, DC he grew up in Arlington, VA until at a young age he moved to Prince William County and then later to Fauquier County. He resided in Fauquier County for the last 28 years. Upon leaving home he started his career working for Arlington Iron Works. Shortly thereafter he founded G and G Welding which developed into Ben Gravett Ent., a steel erection company, BG Crane Services and JTD Crane Rental. Ben also had a great passion for real estate and land development, much like his grandfather, B. M. Smith of Arlington, VA. An avid horseman for most of his life he also founded G & G Quarter Horses and was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He later transitioned from horses into breeding and showing Texas Longhorn cattle. He served first as President of International Texas Longhorn Association based out of Fort Worth, TX. Later he be-


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came Chairman of the Board of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America also based out of Fort Worth, TX. He was currently Chairman of the Board of the Texas Longhorn Marketing Alliance in Lampasas, TX. Ben also spent many years coaching and supporting his childrens’ sports teams. He was very active in the community and a large supporter of numerous local charities and services, some of which are Highland School, Fauquier Family Shelter and Fauquier Free Clinic. He was a large supporter of the Fauquier Chapter of the Republican Committee. There were many other causes he supported in the community as well as serving on the board of the Washington Forest Foundation, an Arlington, VA based charitable foundation. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ann Gravett; his children, Matt Gravett of Sumerduck, Rachel Gravett Mrad of Centreville, VA, Jamie Gravett of Warrenton and Taryn Gravett of Warrenton; grandchildren, Jake and Ty Gravett of Sumerduck, Dylan and Jordan Mrad of Centreville and Addyson Gravett of Warrenton. The family received friends at Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton, VA where funeral services were held on Sunday, April 27. Interment followed at Bright View Cemetery, Warrenton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fauquier Free Clinic, P. O. Box 3138, Warrenton, VA 20188 or to the Fauquier Family Shelter, P. O. Box 3599, Warrenton, VA 20188. Online condolences may be made at www.moserfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Matherne Hoffman April 2, 2014 Ruth Matherne Hoffman, age 83, died April 2, 2014. Ruth, daughter of the late John and Ida Matherne, loving wife of the late Johnnie W. Hoffman, Sr. passed away in Des Allemands, LA following a long illness. She is survived by her daughter Mary Jane Keller and her two children John Patrick and Erin Kate. She is also survived by her son Johnnie W. Hoffman, Jr. and his wife Michelle, and their children John Hunter and Lauren Hernandez (wife of David Hernandez) and her great granddaughter Amelia Jane Hernandez. She is also survived by her brothers, Jack Matherne (late wife Eleanor), Robert Matherne and his wife Loretta, and Douglas Matherne and his wife Catherine. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Ruth was born and raised in Des Allemands and following her marriage she moved to Metairie where she resided for many years. Ruth was known as an exceptional cook and avid gardener. Her hobbies included raising African Violets, decoupage projects and needlepoint. She was active in the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association with her late husband. She was a faithful member of St. Angela Merici Parish and in retirement, Ruth, volunteered with the East Jefferson Hospital Auxiliary. The family would like to thank the Matherne brothers, their wives, and especially Loretta for their exceptional loving care of Ruth during her illness. They would also like to thank her devoted friend Roy Rogers. Visitation was at St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Des Allemands, LA. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Gertrude Catholic Church with burial following in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to St. Gertrude Parish, 17292 Highway 631, Des Allemands, LA 70030. Falgout Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.

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Nebraska State Fair World Qualifying Longhorn show is scheduled again for the first weekend of the fair - August 23-24, 2014 in Grand Island, NE. The Longhorns will be housed this year in the Sheep Barn which is connected to the S A X 5 Points Bank Arena. It is a huge building, so there will be plenty of room to E T A K S N A O I house all the longhorns, even the trophy steers. Saturday at 3:00 p.m. the Trophy R T NEB OCIA S S A Steer Show will take place.. It is just before the draft horse show and always draws N R a crowd. People like to come to watch both the Longhorns and the draft horses. LONGHO If you have a steer, plan on bringing it. The youth, halter and free division will Rodger Damrow, President start on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. We are accepting sponsorships to the NTLA that any(402) 423-5441 one may contribute to. Deadline for entries is August 10, 2014. More to come later. A special raffle drawing will be held this year on the last day of the State Fair Longhorn shows, August 24th. Lazy J Longhorns, Greenleaf, KS, has generously donated a bull calf and Bill McCutchan from Nelson, NE, has generously donated a heifer calf to be our 1st place winning ticket. If the winner chooses, he can take $500 instead which is also generously donated by Lazy J Longhorns and Bill McCutchan. 2nd place - $200 \ 3rd place - $100 \ 4th place - $50. A special thank you for this generosity. Tickets will only be available for a short time this year since we usually have the drawing in October at our fall sale. Tickets are only $2 each or a book for $10. Call for tickets - Chelsey - 402.580.3140 or Chelsey_damrow@hotmail.com. Saturday, June 7th, our youth group, Nebraska Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow, will hold a field day with a showmanship clinic & lunch. It will be held in Wolbach, NE for any youth in the area that might be interested in working with their heifer.

Again, congratulations to Kurt & Glenda Twining and Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower for their entries in the TLBAA Affiliate Contests. Princess finalist, Miss East Texas: Silver Merlot, and Prince finalist, Mr. East Texas: G&L Painted Savage Our ETLA Youth, Haley Calhoun, Emily Calhoun, Savanah Calhoun, Shyanne S A McClendon, Mason Robinson, Tarah Moore, Hunter Winkel, Alexzandria Rivera, Alexis X E T EAST REEDERS Hynes, Madison Ollive, Brookelyn Davis, Carson Webster, Brayden Tanner, Garrett Tanner, RN B Christian Walker, Justin Walker, Landon Lampier & Lainey Lampier, have been on the road LONGHOSOCIATION to TLBAA Longhorn shows this past year, congratulations to all those for participating and AS thanks for representing our East Texas Affiliate! Many of our youth members have also been involved in school UIL, band and sports activities, keep up the good work! ETLA members Bruce & Connie Ollive, Bar O Cattle Company, competed at the Winchester Connie Ollive, Heifer Futurity in Navasota, TX. Their heifers both placed second. Class 2- Sarcee Wha-ShePresident Knee (Sarcee Ghost Dancer X Sarcee Pretty Woman), and Class 3- C7CC Lieutenant (Sarcee Ghost (903) 780-0665 Dancer X Little Girl TX 01) a heifer bred by ETLA member Cody English, Circle 7 Cattle Company. connie_ollive@aol.com Our East Texas Affiliate was well represented in the TLBAA elections. ETLA member Keith DuBose was elected to Division B- Regions 7-12, At Large Director, and Lana Hightower was elected as Region 7 Director. And even though she is not in our Division, Kathy Kittler is the Division A, Region 6 Director and is also an ETLA member!

SOTA MINNE STAR NORTH NGHORN LO TEXAS CIATION ASSO Lee Iverson, President mn.nstla@gmail.com The girls were able to pick up some nice, calm feeder cattle this year while supporting the exotic animal auction in Perz, MN

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All of us from the TLBNM want to thank all of you N R O that out for H LONG NEW our came S A Dona Anna X E T S OF R Show in Las Cruces. E D E BRE EXICO It was great to see M old friends and to Ron Gentry, President meet new ones. (505) 64-1220 Thank you so much jangen33@msn.com for your support and hauling your awesome Texas Longhorns, they all deserve a huge blue ribbon. Sylvia Johnson and the board members did a wonderful job, your hard work also earns a huge blue ribbon. Don’t forget our next show at the New Mexico State Fair, Saturday, September 13, 2014. More information to follow. Texas Longhorn Trails

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tunity to sell their Colorado ranch in Black Angus – they would come out December of 2012. They found a place solid black with no horns. When they in Missouri and moved their last 80 went to the sale barn, they bought a head of cattle there. He saved 20 head whole lot higher price than they would of the F1 crosses; the rest were straight if they looked like a Longhorn.” Longhorns. Glen saved back the better-looking “We’ve got them on 370 acres,” said black F1heifers and bred them to LongGlen, “and they’ve never seen so much horn bulls the first year so they didn’t grass in their whole have any calving problems, then bred “I notice a lot of people are grind- life! When they got off the truck, they them to the registered Black Angus ing them up and selling them that put their heads and I don’t bulls for their secway now. We were doing that down know if they’ve ond calf. He found that the F1 crosses, years and years ago.” - Glen Lewis raised them yet or not.” because of the Long“Our plans here horn blood in them, are to hold on to those Longhorns and could utilize the browse of their southput some black Angus bulls back on eastern Colorado location, and it added them this year and get going in the marfive years to the average commercial ket with those F1 crosses. We love it cow’s production. here. It’s the west central part of the Because of the drought and lack of state, on The Lake of the Ozarks…in hay, the Lewises had to part with most of their cattle, then they had an oppor--continued on pg. 73 May/June 2014













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place winners, monogrammed jackets for second place and halters for third place winners. These were presented by Norman Hoff to show winners and by Mike Montgomery to showmanship winners. Showmanship awards were as follows: Junior - 1. Donna Jackson, Austin, TX; 2. Joshua Porter, Bartlesville, OK; 3. Cody Hoff, Jasper, TX. Intermediate - 1. Dustin Crist, Scott City, KS; 2. Blayde Miller, Folsom, LA; 3. George Badgett, Liberty, TX. Senior - 1. Normie Miller, Folsom, LA; 2. Russell Fairchild, Liberty, TX; 3. Brian Singletary, Kirbyville, TX. Winning the coveted Gold Merit Award was Normie Miller, Folsom, LA. This award is presented for outstanding achievement in projects and promotion of the Texas Longhorn breed. Scholarships of $500 each were awarded to Tammy Fairchild, Liberty, TX; Brian Singletary, Kirbyville, TX; and Jennifer Attaway, Nacogdoches, TX. A short motivational talk was given by Ray Renfro, former wide receiver and coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Mr. Renfro, who had presented ribbons at the show earlier, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and played in five Pro Bowls. Following the awards, it was time for the election of the 1989-90 officers. After nominations and impromptu campaign speeches (which would have made a politician proud), results were tabulated. Re-elected president was Russell Fairchild. He will be assisted by Vice-president Normie Miller; Secretary DeDe Nance, Springtown, TX; Treasurer Jennifer Attaway, Nacogdoches, TX; and Parliamentarian Wendy Haley, Buffalo, KS. Elected as Directors were Jory Peck, Galt, CA; Cody Hoff, Jasper, TX; Travis Bruner, Lovedale, FL; Dustin Crist, Scott City, KS; and John T. Baker II, Liberty Hill, TX.


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J.D. Hasty is eleven years old and lives in Slocumb, AL with his parents, Dan and Dana Hasty. J.D. attends Crossroads Baptist Academy in Dothan, AL and is in the 5th grade. J.D. has grown up around his dad’s commercial herd. His interest in the Longhorn breed began when he went hunting with his grandfather on land belonging to Charles David Davis, and J.D. saw his Longhorn herd. J.D. became obsessed with the breed. Mr. Davis gave J.D. his first Longhorn heifer in the fall of 2013. He also gave J.D. several copies of the Trails Magazine. J.D. read and studied them until he knew all the top bulls and cows. He joined the TLBAA as a junior member soon after he got his first heifer. One night, J.D. started calling breeders at random, unbeknownst to his parents, until he got caught by his dad. He made contact with Nancy Dunn and Terry King. After making a trip to meet Terry and viewing his herd, J.D. struck up a friendship with the Kings. Terry and Tammy have taken a great deal of time with J.D., helping grow his interest in Longhorns. J.D. was able to get two heifers from Joe Graddy, and he later bought a cow to add to his herd. He recently purchased a bull from King. J.D. works odd jobs for farmers and traps during trapping season to earn money to grow his herd.


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SPRING Calving: 1. Discontinue supplemental feeding to cattle as green grass becomes available. A source of salt as well as a good commercial calcium:phosphorus mineral mix should be available on a free choice basis. Consider anaplasmosis control in your mineral. 2. Vaccinate all new calves for blackleg and malignant edema with a 2-way Clostridial bacterin (4-way or 7-way Clostridial is fine, also), leptospirosis with lepto pomona. Consult your local veterinarian for other diseases that may be a problem in your area. Many producers also consider intranasal IBR/P13, modified live Pasteurella hemolytica and/or BRSV. 3. Vaccinate all heifers that are 4-10 months of age for brucellosis. 4. If not previously done this year, after calving and before breeding, vaccinate cows for leptospirosis with 5-way lepto vaccine. Consider vibriosis vaccination depending on advice of your veterinarian. 5. If not done previously, semen evaluate bulls. A standard breeding soundness exam should be conducted on all bulls prior to the start of the breeding season. 6. Put bulls with the cow herd. Mature bulls in single sire pastures should be able to service 30-50 females in a 60-90 day breeding season. Two-to-three-year-old bulls should be able to service 20-40 females. Young yearling bulls can be excellent breeders, but reduce the number of females per bull to 15-25 head and limit the breeding season to 60 days. Special attention to maintaining good nutritional condition of the

young bulls is needed. Yearling bulls should only run with other yearling bulls in multi-sire pastures. Older bulls will tend to establish a social dominance over young bulls, creating potential problems. 7. Deworm cows and bulls for internal parasites. 8. Spray all cattle for external parasites and then place fly tags in both ears on bulls and cow herd to control external parasites through the summer. 9. Consider herbicide use to control excessive weed populations in pastures. Fertilize improved pastures to improve forage production.

FALL Calving: 1. Wean calves and select animals to be retained through yearling time. Breeders collecting weaning weight information should weigh all calves and adjust all weights to a 205 day of age equivalent. Within sex group, calculate a weaning weight ratio to be used as a selection criteria. Identify all calves by sire group to determine which sires are producing the superior calves. 2. Pregnancy check all females as well as check for unsoundness and udder problems for culling purposes. 3. Vaccinate all heifer calves between 4 and 10 months of age for Brucellosis. 4. If not done previously, all weaned calves should be vaccinated with a 7-way Clostridial bacterin, vaccinated for IBR-P13-BVD and de-wormed. Cull bull calves should be castrated prior to weaning.⍟

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Herd Management Guide

SPRING Calving:

FALL Calving:

1. If not done previously, vaccinate all new calves for blackleg and malignant edema with a 2-way Clostridial bacterin (4-way or 7-way Clostridial is fine, also), leptospirosis with lepto pomona. Consult your local veterinarian for other diseases that may be a problem in your area. Many producers also consider intranasal IBR/P13, modified live Pasteurella hemolytica and/or BRSV. 2. Vaccinate all heifers that are four to 10 months of age for brucellosis. 3. If a high percentage of cows return to heat after 30-40 days of breeding, re-check bulls for fertility. Change bulls, if necessary, and re-evaluate your nutritional program if cows are not increasing in body condition as green grass comes on. 4. Prepare to cut native grass for hay prior to July 1. After harvesting for hay, do not mow or graze again until after frost.

1. Wean calves and select animals to be retained through yearling time. Breeders collecting weaning weight information should weigh all calves and adjust all weights to a 205 day of age equivalent. Within sex group, calculate a weaning weight ratio to be used as a selection criteria. Identify all calves by sire group to determine which sires are producing the superior calves. 2. Pregnancy check all females as well as check for unsoundness and udder problems for culling purposes. 3. Vaccinate all heifer calves between four and 10 months of age for Brucellosis. 4. If not done previously, all weaned calves should be vaccinated with a 7-way Clostridial bacterin, vaccinated for IBRP13-BVD and dewormed. Cull bull calves should be castrated prior to weaning.⍟


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Registrations and Transfers from March 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014 Division B (cont.)

Division C

Roy W. Albert Shana L. Miller H & L Ranch Schumacher Cattle Company Stanley B. Roberts Bill & Molly Crozier Steven & Ruby Retzloff Steven Zunker Brent & Cynthia Bolen Swing'n Star Ranch Taylor Cattle Company C & A Longhorn Cattle Co. Tanner Longhorns Terry L. Noey Cody M. Himmelreich TL Longhorns Ty Allsbrooks David Ritchey Trey Whichard Vida Nueva Ranch Gary Kudrna Trigg & Traci Moore William Buck Helm Cattle Company Wes and Carol Chancey Dale Land and Cattle Kevin B. Kelly Will Ross Kathryn Leann Head Lazy J Ranch K&T Longhorns Twin Creeks Ranch Alan R. & Donna Farr Austin Ranch Annie Morgan & Steve Bell Barbara Franklin Schmidt Bob & Pam Loomis Barbara Zetka B&H Longhorns Todd and Kelli McKnight Barclay Brunson Brennan L. Potts Brett or Darcy De Lapp Betty Baggett Miller Bruce & Karen Fisher Big Valley Longhorns Bill & Anita Wappler Dave & Althea Sullivan David & Diane Hampton Bo & Jo Ann Winkel Doug and Deborah Burkham Lawrence Morgan Longhorns Brown's Longhorns Doug and Sandy Stotts Neil Glasgow Charles A. Smith Doyal & LaVerne Duncan Rodney Lind Charles Castro Greg Franks Gene and Delma Murphy Clarence & Jeanette Harabis JP Ranch Lin Torgerson Clinard Longhorns Marion M. Woolie NT Ranch Mike Crawford & Pam Watkins Danny and Sharon Burnette Jordan Ranch David & Kathy M. Adams Rex & Nora Mosser Daniel & Angelina Fey David & Lynda Bradley Richard James Filip Sherie Weatherby Davis Green, LLC Steve and Rene' Azinger Doug Oakes Debbie Macey Triple R Ranch Susan Burton Joel and Tamara Kuntz Don Bordelon Struthoff Ranch Tom and Cay Billingsley RND Longhorns Donnie Taylor John Oliver ACR Longhorns Joe Bill Thompson Doug and Darnell Muenchow Anthony Crawford Ohlendorf Land & Cattle Co., LLC Oren & Dianna O'Dell Edwin & Debra Stojanik Ben Garner Suzanne & William H. Bonnie & Rodger Damrow Federico X. Galvan Buffalo Gap Longhorns, LLC Torkildsen, M.D. Dean & Belinda Franke Four C Ranch Cactus Rose Longhorns Tensleon Ranch Frank and Linda Pate Frank Anderson, Jr. Dan & Lynn Hall Kay L. Roush Randy or Mary Kumpost George and Cindy Dennis Darlene Slone Star Creek Ranch Clint & Joan Short Grace Cattle Company, LLC David and Linda Mills Rocking 'O' Ranch Dusty Leonard Gueary W. or Lola Logan Dennis Old Saltillo Farm Diamond D Ranch Guthrie Creek Longhorn Cattle Larry &/or Mary Ann Long Dr. Zech Dameron III Omega Land and Cattle Mike & Debbie Bowman Gwen Damato George W. Wilhite John Marshall Pleasant Pines Hickman Longhorns Inc. High Caliber Ranch Allen & Suzanne Perry Sunset Ridge Ranch James & Amy Roesler Jim & Bethany Rosebrock Davis Green Del Vic Farms James & Pia Eyman John & Rebecca McCammon John & Ursula Allen Peter & Stacie Hood Jason Carter J.T. Wehring Loyd Gibbs Ray or Virginia Walker Jason Christa Kurt Twining Wilton and Carolyn Wilton Ron & Jan Gentry JDub Squared Ranch Littleton Enterprises Inc. El Coyote Ranch Safari B Ranch Jeremy and Tina Johnson Randy & Miki Bienek James & Beverly Platt Lindsey Straka J.L. Collier Rick & Janis Brooks David & Jo Anne Norwood Craig Perez Jo & Dagmar Schaab Whispering Oaks Ranch Mike & Kim MacLeod Dale Hunt Joe Cunningham Wileta Kretzchmar Chase Vasut Dr. Lee & Linda Ragains John & Diann Chase Wyona & Vance Ballard Jeri Dean Rimel Kent & Sandy Harrell Kate Morgan/ Jheroen Aaron L. & Laurie Smith Roy Garber RC Larson Longhorns Dorenbosch Brian Brett Scott & Pam Evans Robert & Lisa Van Liew Kathleen and Jeff Hoffman Brian Wallis Bow Carpenter Tumbleweed Line Kelly or Chrisann Merriman Carla Payne Dan Williamson Mike McNamee Kendall Wallace Chad Birdwell Deer Creek Longhorns Dee & Janet Huntley Ken Harris Circle Double C Ranch Joel & Shirley Lemley Flying H Ranch Lane Craft David & Melissa Smallwood Rick & Tracey Friedrich Randy and Jamie Briscoe Lee and Linda Blackwell Dennis and Judy Urbantke Bernard Lankford Anchor D Ranch LS Ranches, Incorp. Dr. W. Lou Shields Charles E. Spencer Billy & Audrey Doolittle Margie J. Powell Eddie W. Braidfoot Don & Velna Jackson Caitlin Pott Matt Hill Greg & Sandy Jameson John R. Randolph Charley E. and Doris Snyder Randi & Mary Ellen Maddox Hooks Longhorn Ranch John Stockton Dylan Pfizenmaier Rhonda Harris John T. & Betty Baker Sylvia Johnson J5 Longhorns Richard E. Carroll Lazy L Longhorns Terry & Sherri Adcock J Bar J Longhorns, LLC Robert & Maria Whitaker Liberty Longhorn Ranch M. A. Vanek Joseph Sedlacek Rockin 4 B Michael B. Zinn Robert D. King, Jr. Richard & Linda Spooner Roger & Jacqueline Garlitz Rio Vista Ranch Carona Ranches, LLC. Semkin Longhorns Ronnie & Kathy Veselka Rodney & Patti Mahaffey Don & Lois Huber Tamara K. Thacker Ron Skinner Ronald J. Martens Larry & Paula Reck

Tom Goodwin Flying N Ranch Melissa Reese Sather Family LLC Ballew Cattle Ranch Bill and Judy Meridith Brink Longhorns Craig & Melissa Kerkman Dan Erskine Dave Hodges David Roberts Fairlea Longhorn Ranch, LLC Fossil Creek Longhorns Gary L. Cole Joseph M. Graham Locke Ranch Longhorn Creek Ranch Luebbering Farms, LLC Mike and Carole Koss Robert and Jenny Smoot Robert F. and Jody Nelson Two Heart Bar Ranch William D. (Bill) Winner Woodson School Ranch Broken Wagon Cattle Co., LLC Gordon & Connie Howie Gregg or Sandra Lynn Sherwood Lucinda K. Christian Teri Ehlers & Lana Webb Toby Johnson Art Anders Bar R Cattle Co Bill and Jo Le'AN Brandon Bledsoe Brett Bartlett Brian & Carolyn Brown Carole Muchmore Carol Holland Chetamba Creek Longhorns Conner Scheer Darrell & Arlene Larsen Dean L. or Mary P. Horkey Don Anderson Donnie and Rita Ramer Dr. Fritz & Rebecca Moeller Edward & Kelly Vaughn Eric T. Devendorf Folsom Falls Ranch George & Kim Dillon James and Mary Clark Jared & Justina Reaves Kent Bladen Klampe Cattle Company Legacy Longhorns, LLC McGill Ranch Melissa McClain Mike Lutt Ray, Kale & Julie Williams Ricky Von & Jacquelyn J. Nutt Robert A. or Julie A.G. Balzan Ron & Sandra Shockley Ryan Welch Scott & Tammy Shaw Straight Arrow Cattle Co. Wesley Earl Watson Ron & Jo Jones


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Chris & Jan Taft Don Constable George and Laureen Gennin Guthrie Nielsen H'N'B Longhorns Hoosier Longhorns Jeffrey Hudspeth Jody Shaw Mark and Tina Stewart Mark, Darryl, Keith Christenson Maurice Ladnier Mike & Jamie Tomey Robert W. Daniels III Rolling M Longhorns Ronald Arnsberger Terry King The Double JB Ranch Thomas A. Radosevich Tom Davis Westfarms, Inc. William Wick Wil-O-Vic Cattle Co. Dave Hovingh

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Division C

Save The Date! JUNE 2014


JUNE 7 • 2014 Longhorn Ranch Sale & Social, Yamhill, OR. Contact: Daniel Fey (503) 349-7866 or daniel@feylonghorns.com

OCT 3-4 • Texas Longhorn Select Sale and TLBAA Horn Showcase Satellite Measuring and CTLA Social, Ponoka Ag Event Centre, Ponoka, Alberta. www.ctlalonghorns.com, office@ctlalonghorns.com or Jeff (403) 966-3320.

JUNE 11-15 • 2014 Autobahnanza, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX. Larry Barker (817) 988-6110 or lbarker@abahn.com. www.autobahnyouthtour.com

OCT 4 • 6th Annual Appalachian Trail Registered Texas Longhorn Sale & TLBAA Horn Showcase Satellite Measuring, Turnersburg Livestock Market, Turnersburg, NC. Carl Brantley, Wilkesboro, NC pyledriver1964@yahoo.com or (336) 667-5452

JUNE 20-21 • Winchester Futurity of the North, Gibson County Fairgrounds, Princeton, IN. Scott Simmons – ssimmons@copeplastics.com or (618) 610-1921 or Deanna Sanders – dsanders71@hughes.net or (618) 780-5365

JULY 2014 JULY 16-20 • Canadian National Texas Longhorn Show – Western Days Fair & Exposition, Red Deer, Alberta. www.ctlalonghorns.com, office@ctlalonghorns.com or Mark (403) 357-9833.

AUGUST 2014 AUG 2 • Deschutes County Fair Texas Longhorn Show, Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond, OR. Tami Kuntz – tamaroo300@gmail.com or (541) 280-1645. www.nwlonghornassociation.com/events. Qualifying Free & Youth. AUG 6-9 • TLBAA World Show, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX. Liz Nessler (817) 625-6241 or liz@tlbaa.org www.tlbaa.org. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. AUG 30 • Butler Breeders Invitational Sale, Lockhart, TX. Kaso Kety (985) 674-6492 or Michael McLeod (361) 771-5355 AUG 31 - SEPT 1 • Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, CO. Kenny Richardson (970) 352-3054 or krichardson21@aol.com. 2 Shows - Qualifying Haltered, Free and Youth

SEPTEMBER 2014 SEPT 6 • Northern Rockies Longhorn Show, Spokane Interstate Fair, Spokane, WA. Sheryl Johnson (503) 349-4985 or j5longhorns@yahoo.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth.

OCT 8-11 • TLBAA Horn Showcase, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX. TLBAA-Liz Nessler (817) 625-6241 or liz@tlbaa.org. www.tlbaa.org OCT 11 • TLBAA Horn Showcase Sale, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX. TLBAA-Liz Nessler (817) 625-6241 or liz@tlbaa.org. www.tlbaa.org OCT 17-19 • State Fair of Texas, Fair Park, Dallas, TX. Entry deadline: Sept 1. All entries and fees mail to the State Fair of Texas. Trigg & Traci Moore (817) 832-8742 or (254) 396-5592. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. OCT 18 • Marquess Arrow Production Sale, Ben Wheeler, TX. Ron & Barbara Marquess-maranch@aol.com or (903) 833-5810 Ranch or (903) 570-5199 Ron. www.maranch.com OCT 24-26 • Ark-La-Tex Annual Fall Show, George Henderson Expo Center, Lufkin, TX. Donnie Taylor (409) 414-1401 or Bobbye DuBose (409) 384-8120. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth.

JANUARY 2015 JAN 16-20 • Fort Worth Stock Show, Will Roger Complex, Fort Worth, TX. Entry deadline Nov. 15. All entries and fees mail to the TLBAA. Trigg &Traci Moore (817) 832-8742 or (254) 396-5592. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth.

MARCH 2015 MAR 27-28 • Hudson-Valentine Spring Invitational Texas Longhorn Sale, WKU Ag Expo Center, Bowling Green, KY. Lorinda Valentine (270) 393-2012.

APRIL 2015

SEPT 7 • NWLA Show, Spokane Interstate Fair, Spokane, WA. Sheryl Johnson (503) 349-4985 or j5longhorns@yahoo.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth.

APR 10-11 • 2nd Annual Blue Ridge Ranch Sale, Llano, TX. John Marshall (713) 398-5024 or Bubba Bollier, Ranch Manager (325) 247-6249. www.blueridgelonghorns.com

SEPT 12-13 • Hill Country Heritage Sale, River Ranch, Fredericksburg, TX. (325) 668-3552 or (713) 305-0259

APR 24-25 • Midwest Longhorn Sale, Winfield Livestock Auction, Winfield, KS. Mike Bowman (316) 778-1717 or mbowman@wildblue.net. www.endoftrailranch.com

SEPT 26-28 • NEW DATES – East Texas State Fair, Tyler, TX. Entry forms and information at www.etstatefair.com. Deadline - Aug. 31. Dr. Gene & Lana Hightower (903) 963-7442 or glcattle@aol.com. Qualifying Haltered, Free & Youth. SEPT 27 • B&C Show Me Sale, Brookfield, MO. Bill Sayre (660) 258-2973

OCTOBER 2014 OCT 3-4 • ITTLA Heifer Futurity (Fri. night) and Longhorn Sale (Sat.), Hardy Murphy Complex, Ardmore, OK. Wes Watson (580) 286-1240 or Bob Weaver (405) 659-9222.

May/June 2014

MAY 2015 MAY 29-30 • Red River Longhorn Sale, Marietta, OK. Rick Friedrich (713) 305-0259 or rick@riverranchlonghorns.com

Let us know about your upcoming events! (817) 625-6241or email us at laura@tlbaa.org.



TRADE & BARTER TRADE YOUR LONGHORNS – We’ll take your bulls and steers in trade for cows, heifers, pairs, herd sires or semen from breeds’ top quality bulls. Stonewall Valley Ranch, Fredericksburg, TX. Days (512) 454-0476 / Weekends (830) 644-2380.


JoelAuctioneer Lemley P.O. Box 471 Blackwell, TX 79506


www.lemleyauctionservices.com TX. License 15204

Bruce E. McCarty Auctioneer Weatherford, TX

(817) 991-9979 CATTLE FOR SALE

THATE Cattle Company Your source for big-horned cattle in the North—utilizing the right bloodlines to produce the horn. Fairmont, Minnesota

(507) 235-3467 REGISTERED LONGHORN STARTER HERD PACKAGES and BULLS from 1 to 7 years old. Brindle Wyoming Warpaint bull 73” ttt. Prices $600 up. 580 364-6592 or check out our website at: www.cattlecallranch.com BEAVER CREEK LONGHORNS- Check our new Web site with "Super Sales" and herdreduction prices. Tazman (Gunman) genetics. Carole Muchmore, Ponca City, OK (580) 7659961, www.beavercreeklonghorns.com


to the officers, directors and dedicated volunteers who, over the years, have worked long, hard and constantly to create what will be our new TLBAA home for many years to come. Our team of Flying D Longhorn Ranch cowboys and cowgirls tip our hats to everyone who has had a part in forming a memorable weekend celebration in Fort Worth May 9 & 10, 2014. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we have beautiful heifers, bulls, cow calf pairs and trophy steers for sale at reasonable prices. Please call and we will talk Longhorns. Over 250 head to choose from!

DORA THOMPSON just registered 38 QUALITY HEIFERS and 17 HERD SIRE prospects BRED FOR HORN. We specialize in Hunts Command Respect and McGill Ranch genetics and offer young stock at reasonable prices. We have a Farlap Chex son on a herd of straight Butlers. Sand Hills Ranch is 20 mi. off the TX line in Northwest Louisiana below Shreveport. A large herd (approx. 175 mama cows) promises you plenty of variety. echoofambush@aol.com www.sandhillsranch.com • Tel (318) 872-6329



Cattle for sale “To God Be The Glory”

joliver@mytocn.com (972) 268-0083


HOME & RANCH REALITY TRIGG MOORE Cell: (254) 396-5592 Ofc: (254) 965-5500 Fax: (254) 965-5532

Owner/Broker 936 S. Hwy 281 Stephenville, TX 76401 Email: trigg@c21homeandranch.com


SEMEN FOR SALE LONGHORN SEMEN – Phenomenon, Emperor, DH Red Ranger, Tempter, JP Rio Grande, WS Jamakism, Working Man Chex, VJ Tommie and more. John Oliver 972-268-0083 or www.oliverlonghorns.com


To schedule a ranch tour or just to "talk Longhorns", call:

Dorie Damuth • Flying D Longhorn Ranch Magnolia, Texas • 281-356-8167 281-356-2751 fax • dorie27@sbcglobal.net www.damuthflyingdranch.com

LONE WOLF RANCH Dr. Lee and Linda Ragains (918) 855-0704 • Sallisaw, OK



For information, visit


WE HAVE JUBAL JANGLER AND VANIZM HEIFERS, also ranch raised, young, well-bred AQHA Quarter Horses we will trade for your Registered Longhorn steers, bulls, etc. Save your cash for hay. Call (785) 447-9132 McIntyre Ranches - www.mcintyreranches.com.


LIVESTOCK TRANSPORTATION Ted Roush (713) 299-7990 Cell www.asocl.com or troush57@asocl.com YOU CALL - I HAUL!

TEXAS LONGHORN T•R•A•I•L•S (817) 625-6241 • Fax (817) 625-1388 trails@tlbaa.org

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Lazy J Longhorns......................................41, 81 Lazy A Ranch ..................................................83 Lemley Longhorns ........................................83 Lightning Longhorns ....................................82 Little Ace Cattle Co. ..................................8, 12 Lone Wolf Ranch ....................................69, 82 B Longhorn Sale Pen ........................................74 Bar H Ranch ....................................................81 Longhorns & Lace Sale..................................59 Beadle Land & Cattle..........................8, 12, 81 Loomis, Bob & Pam ..............................25, 33 Bentwood Ranch............................................35 Big Valley Longhorns ....................................81 M Billingsley Longhorns....................................83 Blue Ridge Ranch ......................44-45, 65, BC Marquess Arrow Ranch ..............................IBC Box Z Ranch ........................................8, 12, 83 McLeod Ranch ..........................................8, 12 Brett Ranch ......................................................82 Miller, Tim........................................................81 Broken W Ranch ............................................82 Moriah Farms......................................9, 13, 82 BT Farms....................................................67, 82 Buckhorn Cattle Co.......................................82 N Bull Creek Longhorns ..................................82 Butler Breeders..................................8-9, 12-13 No Bull..............................................................71 Northbrook Cattle Co...................................82 Adcock, Terry & Sherri ..................................83 Adkins, Aaron & Clay....................................33 Almendra Longhorns ....................................81 Anderson, Frank Jr. & III ................8-9, 12-13

C Caballo Bravo Longhorns ............................81 CedarView Ranch ....................................35, 81 Champion Genetics ......................................76 Circle Double C Ranch ................................23 Commanders Place Longhorns ..................71 Cowboy Catchit Chex Partnership ............33 CV Cowboy Casanova Partnership............35

D Dalgood Longhorns..................................9, 13 DCCI Equipment ..........................................77 Deer Creek Longhorns..................................83 Detweiler, Henry ............................................71 Diamond D Ranch ........................................21 Diamond Q Longhorns ..............................82 Double LB Longhorns ..................................83 Doug Hunt Longhorns ................................83


5D Ranch ........................................................83 First Financial Bank........................................69 Flying Diamond Ranch ................................82 Flying H Longhorns ......................................82 Foundation World Heaquarters & Museum 11

G G6 Longhorns ................................................82

H Haltom Hollar Ranch....................................81 Harrell Ranch..............................................9, 13 Helm Cattle Co. ............................................82 Hickman Longhorns ....................................83 Hill Country Sale..............................................5 Hodges, Dave..................................................82 Horseshoe J Longhorns................................33 Hubell Longhorns..........................................33 Hudson Longhorns..........................................3 Hudson-Valentine Spring Inv. Sale ......38-39 Husky Branding Irons ..................................66


Photos for “Just for Grins” are welcome, but they cannot be returned. Send your caption to: Texas Longhorn Trails, Attn. Laura, P.O. Box 4430 • Fort Worth, Texas 76164 or laura@tlbaa.org (Email entries should include address.) Please specify which month your caption is for.

Q Quien Sabe L Bar ..........................................67



Photo courtesy of Chrisann Merriman, Ph.D.

7 Bar Longhorns ............................................82 7D Longhorns ..........................................41, 81 Safari B Ranch ................................................82 Sand Hills Ranch........................................7, 81 Semkin Longhorns ........................................82 Sidewinder Cattle Co. ..............................9, 13 Singing Coyote Ranch ..................................83 Smith, Jean ....................................................82 SS Longhorns..................................................82 Star Creek Ranch ............................................43 Stotts Hideaway Ranch ..........................31, 83

T Tallgrass Cattle Co. ........................................27 Texas S Longhorns ........................................83 TLBA Foundation ..........................................74 TLBAA 50th Anniversary............................IFC, 77 TLBAA Affiliate Prince & Princess ..............47 TLBAA Cookbook..........................................57 TLBAA Horn Showcase....................49, 51, 53 TLBAA Membership......................................88 TLBAA World Show ................................61, 63 Trinity Creeks Ranch......................................43 Triple R Ranch (MI) ......................................81 Triple R Ranch (TX) ..................................9, 13


JBR Longhorns ................................................81 J.T. Wehring Family Ranch ..........................83 Underwood Longhorns................................81 Jack Mountain Ranch....................................83 Jane’s Land & Cattle Co. ..........................9, 13 W Johnston Longhorns ....................................82 Walker, Ron ....................................................83 Westfarms, Inc. ..........................................8, 12 K White Pine Ranch....................................33, 82 Wichita Fence..................................................74 Khaos Cattle Company ..................................33 Winchester Futurity Of The North ............29 King, Terry & Tammy ................................33, 81 Woodson School Ranch ..............................82 Kittler Land & Cattle Co. ..........................35, 81


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P&C Cattle Pens ............................................33 Panther Creek Longhorns........................2, 81 Pearl Longhorn Ranch ..................................83 PJ’s Cattle Company ................................8, 12

R & R Ranch ....................................................82 Red River Longhorn Sale..............................59 Registered Texas Longhorn Beef..................73 Rio Vista Ranch..........................................8, 12 Rocking G Ranch ......................................9, 13 Rockin I Longhorns ....................9, 13, 37, 83 Rocking P Longhorns ..............................8, 12 Rocky Mountain Longhorns........................81 E Rocky Mountain Select Sale ........................65 Eagles Ridge Longhorns ..........................9, 13 Rolling D Ranch..............................................81 El Coyote Ranch................................................1 Running Arrow Farm ....................................76 End of Trail Ranch..........................................81


Just For Grins

YO Ranch ........................................................77


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Chris Loos, Camp Point, IL ◆ HONORABLE MENTION:

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