Fredericksburg Farms Longhorn Dip
Longhorns were brought by the Spanish via Mexico into Texas in the sixteenth century. After the Civil War there was an explosive increase in their population in Texas. Longhorns were driven slowly along the wide 'cattle trails' often taking two years to reach markets in the north east. After an extremely hard winter in 1885 and a severe blizzard in January of 1887 up to 85% of the breed was destroyed. In 1964 there were approximately 1,500 head of genuine Texas Longhorn cattle in existence. The longhorn is the mascot of the largest University System in Texas. Today due largely to the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America many ranches breed and sell this living symbol of the Old West.