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Longhorn Cattle

The Longhorn originated in northwest and central England and Ireland. They are used primarily for meat production.

The Longhorn became the first breed, in the mid-1700s, that were improved by Robert Bakewell of Leicestershire, England. Bakewell pioneered the use of inbreeding technique in cattle selection. He selected the Longhorn for quick growth and heavy hindquarters. His selection efforts led the breed to become the most widely used throughout England and Ireland until it was surpasses by the Shorthorn breed in the early 1800s.

The breed declined rapidly for nearly 200 years until it was rescued by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The efforts of RBST in 1980 resulted in 255 registered Longhorns. The Longhorn is red-gray-brown or brindled and all animals are whitebacked. Cows range in height from 130 to 140 cm and weigh 500 to 600 kg. Males average 150 cm in height and 1000 kg in weight.

Of Longhorn beef Oh wow! What a brilliant flavour. Gorgeous. It tastes almost American, as if its from a good quality American steakhouse. Sue Lawrence in The Sunday Times


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