THE GREATEST TEXAS LONGHORN HERD SIRES OF ALL TIME
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The January 1996 Texas Longhorn Journal, published a survey of its readers naming The Greatest Texas Longhorns Herd Sires of All Time. They are considered the greatest Texas Longhorn Bulls not because of the shows they won or what they sold for but because of the outstanding qualities they passed on to future generations. (Click on page to enlarge)
What made them great?
These 11 bulls, voted the Greatest Texas Longhorn Herd Sires of all time by readers’ of the Texas Longhorn Journal, had the ability to pass desirable qualities to their offspring. All have had descendents win shows and top sales. All are deceased, yet their legacy continues to grow because of the continuing success of their descendents. Beginning in the late 60's The Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America presented a certificate of recognition to any Texas Longhorn Bull or Cow with over forty inches of horn tip to tip. All of these Great Herd Sires had above average horn length in their time and their offspring had even more. They all had almost perfect Texas Longhorn Conformation. A book could be written on their qualities and contributions they made to the Texas Longhorn industry. Here are a few highlights. In 2011 over 96% of all Texas Longhorns registered had one or more of these 11 bulls in their ancestry. Every Bull or Cow who has won Grand Champion at a Championship Show, which begin in 1985, has one or more of these Bulls in their ancestry. At every Texas Longhorn horn measuring championship the champions (cow or bull) had one or more of these Bulls in their ancestry. At Texas Longhorn Championship Shows there is a competition among breeding bulls named Get of Sire. Three or more of a bulls offspring are shown, the judge looks for correct Texas Longhorn conformation and consistency. Three of these Great Herd Sires have won seven of the Championships. Their descendents won most of the rest since 1998 all of the rest.
Texas Ranger JP born 1968 is straight Phillip’s breeding.
He has the unique distinction of being the only Texas Longhorn bull in
the ancestry of every Grand Champion Texas Longhorn bull at the TLBAA World Show
and the ITLA International Championship Show.
Though his 48” horns at maturity are not impressive by today’s
standards, in the late 60’s and early 70’s, the Texas Longhorn Breeders
Association of America gave out special recognition certificates to any Texas
Longhorn that had over 40” of horn. We
find Texas Ranger JP in the ancestry of all the bulls we have used in our
breeding program, except Luke.
2. Bail Jumper born in 1983 is a blend of the Phillip’s and the W.R. families. He wasn’t the first but is considered the best blend of 2 of the 7 original Texas Longhorn families. Bail Jumper has sired many show champions and sale toppers. His offspring are taller, longer, and have almost perfect conformation. His horns were 53”. He has Cowcatcher and Texas Ranger JP in his ancestry. He is the grandfather of our herd sires Joshua and Jacob. Many consider Bail Jumper the bull to use to get correct Texas Longhorn conformation into your herd. Bail Jumper won Get of Sire in 1988, 1990, and 1996.
3. Overwhelmer was born in 1982. His horns were over 57” at maturity. He is a blend of the Phillip’s, Wright, and the W.R. families. He is considered the best blend of 3 families. He has sired many show champions and won Get of Sire at many shows. He sired great bulls and females, great horn size and great conformation. He has Cowcatcher and Texas Ranger JP in his ancestry. Overwhelmer is found in the ancestry of a high percentage of the longest horned Texas Longhorn bulls popular today. He was the grandfather of our herd sire Meshach. Overwhelmer won Get of Sire in 1989 and 1991.
Don Quixote is straight W.R. breeding.
He is the oldest of the great herd sires born in 1965.
Many consider him the best W.R. bull ever.
Though his horns were only 40”, he has sired more 50”+ sons than any
other W.R. bull. His offspring are
known for their very correct Texas Longhorn conformation.
A bull is known for what he passes on and Don Quixote is in the ancestry of most
black Texas Longhorn Bulls and Cows.
He comes into our herd primarily through Kings Quixote and Moses.
5. Impressive was born in 1978. His horns were over 51”. He is a blend of WR and Phillips families. His calves have been very successful in the show and sale ring. Even today many female champions trace back to him. He has Don Quixote and Texas Ranger JP in his ancestry. He comes into our herd from our herd sires Moses and Redeemed.
6. Cowcatcher was born in 1977. He is a blend of Phillips and WR families. He was the first successful blend of two families. He was the first Texas Longhorn bull to weigh over a ton at over 2100 lbs. His horns measured over 51” at maturity. He was the sire of Overwhelmer and Bail Jumper. They are the # 2 & 3 bulls in this survey. No other bull in Texas Longhorn history has produced two bulls as well thought of as they are. He has Texas Ranger JP in his ancestry. He was the great grandfather of our herd sires Joshua and Meshach.
7. Measles’ Super Ranger is a blend of Phillips and WR born in 1979. He had horns of 46” at maturity. He is a well known sire of great females with classical correct conformation and a beautiful speckled color patterns and above average size. He was one of the most correct and powerful Herd Sires of all time and the hardest to find in todays ancestries but those that have have something special. He has Texas Ranger JP in his ancestry. He comes into our herd from our bulls Redeemed and now from Matthew.
8. Senator was born in 1986 and is a blend of the Phillips, W.R., Wright and Butler families. He is the most successful blend of 4 families. He sires both great bulls and cows. He sires huge horns and size. Many of his daughters weighed 1100-1300 lbs. His horns were over 57” inches and he weighed over 2000 lbs. He has Overwhelmer, Classic, Cowcatcher, and Texas Ranger JP in his ancestry. He is an excellent example of stacking pedigrees. He was the sire of our herd sire Meshach. Senator won Get of Sire in 1992 and 1993.
9. Classic born in 1973 is straight Butler breeding. His dam Beauty was the first cow in the Texas Longhorn breed with over 60” of horn tip to tip. Classic was the first bull in the Texas Longhorn breed to reach over 60” tip to tip. He had 61” horns at maturity. He was once syndicated for $1,000,000. He enters our herd through our herd bulls Meshach, and Kingfisher.
Bold Ruler is a straight Butler bull born in 1973.
His horn measurement was just under 50” tip to tip. Most of his
offspring exceed the 50” tip to tip and a number of his daughters reached over
60” in horns. Bold Ruler was a very
powerful looking bull but is best known for the horn length he passed on to to
his descendants He enters our herd
through a few foundation cows, Moses, and Luke.
10.(tie) King born in 1981 is a blend of Phillips and W.R. His horns reached 65” shortly before his death and he weighed just over a ton. King is one of the leading producers of bone and muscling in Texas Longhorn Bulls, yet his daughters are very feminine. He was the longest horned bull of The Greatest Texas Longhorn Herd Sires of All Time and his great horns show up many generations down. King has Texas Ranger JP in his ancestry. We were fortunate to be able to breed King one season at the Kat-El Ranch. We also used his sons Kingfisher and King’s Quixote.
Now meet Matthew, born September 10, 1999. He is sired by Moses out of Miss Texas.
He is the first Texas Longhorn Herd Sire to have all 11 of the Greatest Texas Longhorn Herd Sires of all time in his ancestry. He also has Phenomenon, the outstanding horn producer. He is a blend of 6 of the 7 original Texas Longhorn families. Matthew, was a show champion, as a Junior Bull. He passes these great bloodlines and 6 of the 7 families to every calf he produces. Jeff Keating, who purchased his son Mark for a herd sire said, “I now have all of the greatest Texas Longhorn Herd Sires of all time and 6 of the 7 families in MY pasture. You can too.”
With his first calf crop Matthew started
producing show winning offspring. In Oct 2004 we took 3 of Matthew's offspring
to The International Texas Longhorn Championship Show. Romans 828 won Grand Champion
Jr. Bull, John 14:6 won Reserve Jr. Champion Bull, and Acts 1:8 won Grand Champion
Jr. Heifer. The three teamed up to win 2nd in Get of Sire for Matthew.
At The 2005 International Championship Texas Longhorn Show Acts 1:8 was named All Age Reserve Grand Champion. She and two of Mathew's other daughters Matthew 6:34 and Psalm 4:1 teamed up to win second in Get of Sire for the Second year in a row. At the 2007 Houston Livestock Show Matthew's daughter Matthew 6:34 was named Reserve Grand Champion Texas Longhorn Female. At The 2007 International Championship Texas Longhorn Show Matthew's daughters Psalm 4:8, Philemon 1:3, and Psalm 25:5 teamed up to win Get of Sire for Matthew! We think Matthew is a Great Bull and those Great Texas Longhorn Herd Sires in his ancestry go a long way in helping him produce show winning offspring, but it could be the Good Lord wants you to read those Bible Verses. In 2008 at The International Championship Texas Longhorn Show Psalm 25:5 won her class then Champion Sr. Heifer, then All age Reserve Grand Champion! She, Psalm 4:8 and Matthew 6:34 teamed up to win Get of Sire for Matthew for the second year in a row. In 2009 at The International Championship Texas Longhorn Show Acts 1:8, Psalm 4:8, and Colossians 3:16 teamed up to win Get of Sire for Matthew for the The third year in a row...A Three-Peat!!!
In addition to show quality conformation Matthew's offspring have a lot of horn and a lot of color. The 11 Great Texas Longhorn Herd Sires appear in Matthews ancestry 25 times. He has a lot of Greatness to pass on.
February 2010, the Longhorn Drover magazine published an article
about Matthew winning Get-of-Sire three years in a row. In the early days,
people wondered whether he had a lot to live up to or a lot to pass on. This
article answers that question! To read the article click on pictures below!
As of July 28, 2008, 22 of his sons have been purchased for Herd Sires. All were natural service. Several others purchased as calves at side are also being used to pass his great blood lines along. November 16, 2010 Jeffery and Eileen Macdonald purchased Matthew. We Thank you Lord for the fun we had owning him and for finding him a good home!!!
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