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Israel Ranches are being attacked, their land being stolen and their passive European cattle are being mutilated and killed by local Arabs and by natural predators, wolves and jackals. Israeli European beef cattle are incompatible with Israel’s desert environment. This has resulted in many problems including high calf losses, (as high as 30%). Israel needs desert cattle that fits its environment and can defend it’s self and it’s calves. That breed of cattle is Texas Longhorn.
These cattle will stop thieves and help prevent international incidents by solving the problem in the pasture rather then later with the Israeli Border Police trying to arrest the thieves at their village. Instead of finding the thieves, the whole village confronts the Border Police, protecting the thieves.
We then will provide Texas Longhorn cattle, calves, and genetics to assist all the ranches in Israel. Longhorn cattle are genetically pre-adapted to harsh desert conditions and can co-exist in these environments with less impact and damage.
Texas Longhorn cattle were in Israel and the Middle East some 5 to 9,000 years ago. Texas Longhorn are desert cattle and are able, if necessary to care for themselves as they did in the Texas/Mexico semi desert areas from about 1600 to 1865.
Starting with 175 embryos, the project will be self-supporting by year 5. To do this we would need $256,000 to start with and $312,000 through years 2-5.
The positive effects of this project will be profound and widespread throughout Israel. It will create an inspiring, spiritual and romantic effect that spreads though Israel and its neighbors. Texas Longhorn cattle will improve agriculture practices and local economies.
Robin Rosenblatt, M.Sc. Animal Science at Hebrew University, Faculty of Agriculture