Longhorn cattle

Longhorn cattle

Longhorn cattle are a traditional long-horned brown and white breed of beef cattle originating from Craven in the north of England. They have long horns that turn down, often almost achieving their noses. They have a white patch along the line of their spine and under their bellies.

They are not to be confused with the Texas longhorn breed, which is often called simply "Longhorn cattle".

The Longhorn breed was much improved by Robert Bakewell of Dishley. His selective breeding made the breed very popular towards the end of the 18th century. The breed is still to be found in Leicestershire at the Stanley's Springbarrow Farm, Freddy de Lisle's Quenby Hall and a small herd has been re-introduced at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire where the Harpur-Crewe family had traditionally kept them. The beef is particularly delicious and has been warmly praised by the chef Heston Blumenthal.

External links

* [http://www.longhorncattlesociety.com/ Longhorn Cattle Society page]
* [http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/cattle/englishlonghorn/index.htm Oklahoma State University breed profile]
* [http://www.rarebreeds.co.nz/longhorn.html New Zealand rare breeds]

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