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The Texas Longhorn became the foundation of the American cattle industry by claiming first rights in the untamed, newly discovered Americas a little over 500 years ago. In 1493, Christopher Columbus brought Spanish cattle to Santa Domingo, and within two hundred years their descendents would be grazing the ranges of Mexico.

In 1690, the first herd of cattle, only about 200 head, were driven northward from Mexico to a mission near the Sabine River-a land that would become known as Texas. The early missions and ranchers would not survive all of the elements. But the Texas Longhorn would.

By the time of the Civil War, nearly 300 years after setting foot in America, millions of Longhorns ranged between the mesquite-dotted sandy banks of the Rio Bravo to the sandbeds of the Sabine. Most of the Longhorns were unbranded, survivors of Indian raids, scattered by stampedes and weather, escaped from missions or abandoned after ranch failures.

The survivors of the Civil War returned home to Texas to find abandoned ranches, unplowed farm fields - and herds of wild cattle, which would soon become gold in their pockets. In the next quarter century, 10 million head were trailed North to fatten on lush Midwestern grasses or shipped directly by rail to the beef-hungry East.

Translating wild cattle into hard cash was an epic struggle between man, beast and the elements - from this grew the romantic legends of the Western Cowboy.

Longhorns, groomed by Mother Nature, carried the ideal characteristics of resistance-they were tremendous for long drives. They could go incredible distances without water, rustle their own food, fend for themselves, swim rivers, survive the desert sun and winter snow.

But, at the turn of the century, sundown came for the Texas Longhorn. It took less than 40 years, fenced in land, plows and an overwhelming demand in the marketplace to drive the Longhorn closer to extinction than the buffalo.

In 1927, the Federal government helped to preserve the Texas Longhorn and a great part of our American heritage. With only a handful of Texas Longhorns roaming the ranges in private herds, Congress appropriated $3,000, and assigned forest service rangers, Will C. Barnes and John H. Hatton to the task.

These two men put the first herd together for Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Another herd was established on the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge at Valentine, Nebraska. Also, at this time, the early 30s, the State of Texas formed its own herd with the help of J. Frank Dobie, author of The Longhorns, and his friend Graves Peeler, who had excellent knowledge of the Texas range country.

Gradually, more breeders started raising private stock, recognizing the value of Texas Longhorns. The need grew for breed standards and a direct line of communication between the Longhorn breeders.

In 1964, the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America was formed in Lawton, Oklahoma. At this time there were less than 1,500 head of genuine Texas Longhorn cattle in existence - a third in the Federal refuges, the State of Texas herd, zoos, parks and other private herds.

The purpose of the Association was to recognize the Texas Longhorn and its link with American history, to promote awareness of Texas Longhorn cattle, to recognize present breeders, to encourage others to develop and maintain herds and to preserve for posterity this magnificent breed of cattle.


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spacer.gif   GPS System News: Scheduled Website Maintenance
Posted by : esilvas on Friday, November 08, 2013 - 04:15 PM
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This Saturday, November 9. 2013, we have scheduled website maintenance to begin at 8PM CST. It will continue through Sunday. The website should be available Monday morning.

Updates will be available on the GPS Status Website, http://status.gps-beef.com/.


 
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spacer.gif   HORNS Usage Eclipses the 750 Mark
Posted by : jbulger on Friday, July 06, 2012 - 09:00 PM
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The HORNS system achieved another milestone on July 5th when our 750th TLBAA member logged in for the first time. That's equal to roughly 25% of the total membership!
 
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spacer.gif   Enhancements to Cattle Photo's
Posted by : jbulger on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 12:37 PM
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The HORNS system has upgraded the photo capability for your animals. whereas previously, you were limited to a single image that would display whenever your animal was viewed, you now can load as many photos as you would like and they will automatically rotate as long as the viewer is on the detail page.
Note: If you enter these issues into the forums, others will be able to see if an issue has, or has not been addressed
 
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spacer.gif   GPS System News: Enhancements to the Private Treaty Listings
Posted by : jbulger on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 10:26 AM
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In the never-ending process of making the HORNS system an indispensible tool for all TLBAA members, there have been some new features added to the 'For Sale by Private Treaty' module.
Note: These enhancements are the direct result of suggestions by your fellow members.
 
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spacer.gif   HORNS usage passes the 500 mark
Posted by : Jim Bulger on Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 07:10 AM
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On Sept 16th, the HORNS system welcomed its 500th registered user. To date, 1008 calves have been recorded and 182 transfers have been processed online by these users.
All members are encouraged to contact the TLBAA office to obtain their login credentials. This system, a value-added, no-charge benefit of TLBAA membership, allows you to better manage the investment you have made in your animals by allowing you to see the official records in the herdbook. Complete pedigrees, progeny records and ownership history of your animals are just a few mouse-clicks away.
 
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