Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Longhorn

Contributor(s): CABI, Vetstream Ltd, Mo Kemp

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Introduction

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Biological Data

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Weight

  • In 1990, the average 400-day weight of performance-tested bulls was 470 kg with 3.5 mm backfat.
  • Longhorn cows weigh 500–600 kg.
  • Bulls average 750–900 kg under working conditions, but some exceed 1000 kg in show condition.

Height

  • Longhorn cows range in height at the withers from 130 to 140 cm.
  • Bulls average 150 cm in height.

Colors and distuingishing features

  • The most distinctive feature of Longhorn cattle is their horns, which are fine and free from black coloration. They may grow backwards from a convex forehead and sweep around in a variety of styles, but may also grow in a more conventional style to the side and forwards and upwards.
  • Background color of the body varies from dark plum brindle to a light red roan, but all animals have a white stripe along the back (finching) continuing down the tail and on the underside.
    • Many also have a white thigh patch.
    • Yellow or black coloration is not desirable, although the latter has become more common.
  • They are large animals with a long, deep body.

Breed History and Information

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Societies

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