Where’s The Beef? 7 Cattle Breeds You’ll Find Right Here In Texas
The great state of Texas, known for its beautiful landscapes and agricultural background also has a wide variety of cattle breeds that have become a huge part of its culture. After all, who doesn't expect to see cows in Texas?
However, I was surprised that Texas had so many different breeds. Not only will you find rugged Longhorns that capture that Wild West spirit but also gentle Herefords and several breeds in between. In fact, according to the Texas Capital website, the state is home to 7 types of cattle. Each breed has its own unique characteristics. Some have the ability to adapt to certain climatic conditions while others provide superior meat.
Let's go on a round-up and take a look at the 7 breeds of cattle you'll see in Texas.
WHERE'S THE BEEF? 7 CATTLE BREEDS YOU'LL FIND RIGHT HERE IN TEXAS
The history of the Black Angus cow in Texas traces back to the mid-1800s when the breed first arrived on American soil from Scotland. They quickly gained popularity with ranchers because of their exceptional ability to adapt to the Texas climate and terrain. Known for their solid black color and solid build, Black Angus cows are superior in meat quality. They remain a main part of the Texas cattle industry.
Beefmaster cattle have quite the history in Texas. They were developed in the mid-20th century by Tom Lasater, a rancher from South Texas. Beefmasters are actually the result of crossbreeding Herefords, Shorthorns, and Brahman cattle. Beefmaster cattle remain popular for their outstanding beef yield and ability to thrive in Texas' challenging climate.
The history of Brahman cattle in Texas had a lot to do with challenges adapting to the state's harsh climate. Ranchers wanted a breed that could take the scorching heat, humidity, and disease known throughout the region. Brahman cattle, coming from India, revolutionized the industry. They're easy to spot with distinctive humps and loose skin. Brahman cattle produce lean and flavorful meat.
Charolais cattle, originally from France, made their way to Texas in the mid-20th century. They have excellent meat quality and can adapt to the Texas environment. They're impressive in size and have a muscular build. Today, they continue to thrive, providing what Texas ranchers value the most.
If I were to hang out with cows, Herefords would be my choice because they're just chill, minding their own business. They're common cows with their distinctive red-and-white coats. Herefords have played a significant role in Texas's cattle industry for over a century. Coming from Herefordshire, England, these cattle were first introduced to Texas in the late 1800s. Their exceptional meat quality further contributes to the state's legendary status in the beef industry.
Not to be forgotten. Longhorn cattle, with their curved horns, have played a huge role in the history of Texas. Longhorns roam freely across the landscapes of the Lone Star State. In the 19th century, they became a symbol of the Wild West and the spirit of Texas. Their ability to endure long cattle drives made them indispensable to the early settlers and cowboys. Even today, Longhorns hold a special place in Texas heritage.
Santa Gertrudis Cattle
The Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle also has a special place in Texas history. Originating in the early 20th century on the King Ranch, this breed is a cross between Shorthorn and Brahman cattle. The King Ranch wanted a breed that could thrive in the harsh Texas climate while producing high-quality meat. They get their name after the Santa Gertrudis Creek that runs through the ranch. These cattle are popular for their adaptability and excellent beef quality.
I had no clue there were this many cattle breeds in Texas. Each with its unique characteristics and contributions.
Of course, with cattle comes ranches. Texas has some of the best and most beautiful. There's a gorgeous one up for sale right now that's not too far from Abilene and we've got the pictures. Just look below.