The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 58
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
press? It would have been much cheaper to have had him come
With a show of spirit the old man fairly barked his answer,
"Hell, son, I wouldn't have a bull that couldn't ride the pas-
senger train. Let the Shorthorns come by freight."
It required the efforts of a fairly large number of registered
cattle breeders in Texas finally to dehorn the Longhorn. Within
ten years after the first recorded registered Shorthorn was brought
into Texas in 1877, the number had grown to 227. The first
registered Hereford recorded in the state came in 1878. Ten
years later only forty-three were recorded in the Hereford Asso-
ciation Herdbook. The greater number of these registered cattle
were above the tick line.24 By 1885 some ranches in the High
Plains kept small registered herds for the improvement of their
grade cattle.25 This practice spread to smaller ranchmen, who,
in turn, began to realize a greater profit from the sale of breeding
stock than had been possible from the sale of slaughter stock.
Progress overtook the Longhorn. Again he hit the long trail. His
flinty hoofs furrowed a new trail from reality into romance.
25Dale, Range Cattle Industry, 159.
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