FIRST SALE: Texas longhorns are a unique breed being sold in Queensland for the first time.
FIRST SALE: Texas longhorns are a unique breed being sold in Queensland for the first time. D7 Spur Texas Longhorns

Grab bulls by horns

THEY say everything's bigger in Texas, and the Texas Longhorn is no exception.

The iconic cattle breed stands out from the crowd with its impressive horns, and now it is helping Roma do the same.

Queensland's first ever Texas Longhorns sale will be held at Roma saleyards on February 25.

The sale has already attracted interest from far and wide, with breeders planning trips from as far afield as Tasmania.

Sale organiser Gordon Davidson, a breeder from Tambo, said Texas Longhorns were almost like a collector's item in the cattle industry.

"There'll never be a really big demand but there'll always be a niche market,” Mr Davidson said.

"They're a unique breed mainly because they're very addictive cattle.”

The striking appearance and gentle temperament of the Longhorn made them a sought after breed, Mr Davidson said.

However, he warned they came with their own set of challenges.

"They're a talking point, but bear in mind if you've cattle with the big horns, a lot of people don't have the facilities to handle them,” Mr Davidson said.

The Roma saleyards were uniquely prepared to stock and sell the cattle, he said.

"We picked Roma because it's got a good little set up. It's got good loading facilities so the big horned cattle can easily go up and down,” Mr Davidson said.

Every part of a Texas Longhorn can be put to use, Mr Davidson said, including their trademark horns and colourful hides.

He said they produced high protein and low cholesterol meat, as well as being a generally hardy and easily bred.

"Reproductive-wise, the cows don't have any trouble calving,” Mr Davidson said.

"They'll live in any conditions.”

The sale later this month will have something for everyone, with a painted bullock skull, Longhorn hide and commemorative buckle being auctioned off on the day.

All are welcome at the sale, or encouraged to watch and bid online via a live stream auction.

"It'll be fully videoed, and once people register, they can bid online,” Mr Davidson said.


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