L Brilliant Mary a Texas Longhorn cow with a newborn calf. I have listed some of the questions that I'm frequently asked about Texas Longhorn cattle here, along with my responses. If your question about Texas Longhorn cattle isn't answered here, please send me an e-mail, and I'll either answer you myself or find someone who can. You also might want to look on my Links page for links to other web sites about Texas Longhorns, as well to web pages for other Texas Longhorn ranches and cattle sites.
A horn is a permanent pointed projection on the head of various animals that consists of a covering of keratin and other proteins surrounding a core of live bone. Horns are distinct from antlers , which are not permanent. In mammals, true horns are found mainly among the ruminant artiodactyls , [ not verified in body ] in the families Antilocapridae pronghorn and Bovidae cattle , goats , antelope etc. Cattle horns arise from subcutaneous connective tissue under the scalp and later fuse to the underlying frontal bone. One pair of horns is usual; however, two or more pairs occur in a few wild species and in some domesticated breeds of sheep. Horns usually have a curved or spiral shape, often with ridges or fluting. In many species, only males have horns.
From tip to tip, Poncho's horns measure in at 10 feet and 7. The steer belongs to the Pope family in Alabama, who have raised him since was a 6-month-old weanling on their ranch called Green Acres in Goodwater, southeast of Birmingham. Jeral Pope Sr. Guinness announced last week that Poncho had beat out a fellow longhorn steer named Sato -- who is from Texas -- by just over an inch in length.
In all species of animals genetics prove to reproduce consistently to an average degree. A Jersey steer does not grow six foot horns any more than Longhorns would produce 18, pounds of milk annually, as is expected on an average Holstein cow. The science and study of these mysterious genetics have fascinated man from the beginning of time.