Israel Longhorn Project

Help bring Texas Longhorn Cattle home to Israel
A 501c (3) Non-Profit

For more information, contact:
Robin Rosenblatt, M.Sc., (650) 631-9270

Operation Plan

The Israel Longhorn Project must get to a sustainable level of cattle production as quick as possible. We must get to approximately 200 to 300 reproducing cows in order to support the project and its charity and education elements. The amount of reproducing cows needed would depend on the pasture conditions and the local market. The cost is greater the longer we take to get to that point. Embryo transfer has a normal loss rate of between 25 to 35%, which means we have to use the best Artificial Insemination (A.I.) team or company in Israel to lower the percentage of normal loss to 25% or lower. We must start with as close as possible to a 100 live calves to achieve sustainability within 5 years.

To start the project:

Israel has the most advance dairy industry in the world. Which only uses AI or artificial insemination on all of the dairy cows. We will borrow that technology to start the longhorn project. We will use the best AI teams. Who will hormonally synchronize the embryo host so each one will come in to heat at the precise time the embryo will be implant.

After a few weeks we will check each cow for pregnancy with ultra sound technology. Host cattle will get a health diet to insure a full pregnancy and healthy calf. Dairy staff will do the calf care until the animal is weaned or change to dry feed from milk.

Then the calf will get supplemental feed and slowing adapted to the range environment. In other words TLC, we will be the longhorn mothers, 24 hours a day, until the calves can care for themselves.

We will use dairy facilities to insure healthy and strong longhorn calves.

A. Obtain the best 100 Texas Longhorn cattle embryos from Darol Dickinson Cattle Co.

  1. Transport them embryo to Israel
  2. Implant the embryos into dairy cows
  3. Monitor the 9.5 months pregnancy
  4. Wean Texas Longhorn calves
  5. Transport to experimental range site
  6. Close support of calves for 6 to 12 months
  7. Began research educational phase

B. Preparation of experimental range site.

  1. Check fencing, repair and build where necessary (High tensile wire and two electric wires, one on top and one 2/3 up form bottom. No barbwire needed if animals are trained)
  2. Check water supply, repair and build where necessary.
  3. Check cattle handling facilities; repair and build where necessary.
  4. Corrals must be extra large to decrease stress and maintain cleanness.
  5. Improve pastureland using: chemicals, fire and mechanical means.

C. Prepare living, office and lab facilities.

  1. Build whatever is necessary.
  2. Acquire a used pickup for ranch work and transportation.

D. Texas Longhorn calves @ #300 lb.

  1. Must be weaned and started to eat roughages.
  2. Vaccinate calves, give anti-parasite medication and vitamins.
  3. Weight and body score calves.

E.Feed calves while they are in isolation to increase weight and size.

F. Transfer calves to experimental feedlot or range.

  1. Weight and body score calves.
  2. Give supplement feed to calves allowing them to adjust to feeding on the experimental range slowly.
  3. Corralled cattle feed three times a day.

G.Weight calves weekly for the first month. Then weight and body score them every 30 days.

H. Calves are now 12-14 months old; breed them.

  1. 12-24 hours after breeding pregnant. Check with a Texas Longhorn bull.
  2. Pregnant check heifers in #6 weeks.
  3. Monitor weight and body scores.
  4. Every 6-9 weeks monitor parasite levels and medicate as needed.
  5. Supplement feed if necessary during pregnancy.

I. Heifers give birth in # 9.5 months.

  1. Preparation for birth: Give vaccines and vitamins, Gather pregnant cows in close to headquarters to easily monitor them.

J. Immediately after birth.

  1. Weigh calves, vaccinate, vitamins and medicate as needed, tag ears and tattoo ears.
  2. Document the information.
  3. Supplement feed to cows if necessary secondary to birthing and nursing stress.

K. In 60 days

  1. Rebreed cows.

M. Weaning at 150-210 days.

  1. Check weaning weights.

N. When calves are 12-14 months old, breed them.

O. Donate, loan, lease young breeding bulls and heifers.

  1. Sell overstocked cattle to feedlot or fatten them our selves for slaughter.

P. Repeat the yearly cycle.