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April 30, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 30, 2010

This important project seeks to replace European cattle illsuited for optimal breeding in harsh desert,drought prone environments (e.g. Kenya, E. Africa and Israel) with the Texas Longhorn; a breed well suited for the environment found in these regions. Replacing the European breeds with the Texas Longhorn will bring about a positive environmental impact because the Longhorn eat envasive shrubs, use less water, are more resistant to dying off due to drought and disease, and would thus help the regions contain costs and sustain cattle ranches important for the livelihood and feeding of the local people. Donation to this project, which is being run honestly and with sincere concern for both the people in the region and the livestock, would make the implementation of this project a reality.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing a grassroots efforts take shape.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 30, 2010

It’s Prime Time for the Israel Longhorn Project By Davida Adelberg, President, Congregation Beth David Sisterhood Robin Rosenblatt’s Israel Longhorn Project is a most worthwhile cause. Robin is working very hard to bring Texas Longhorn cattle to places in the world where these animals can help provide a solution to end hunger and to improve the environment. Humans, livestock, and the environment will greatly benefit from this project. Kenya and Israel, to name two countries, are prime locations where this Project could succeed if given the chance. The harsh environmental conditions of both climate and terrain – hot weather and cactus for grazing – are not suited to the type of beef cattle that is now being raised in Kenya and Israel. These European breeds, used to grassy plains, are plump, docile European breeds. Put into Kenya’s and Israel’s hostile desert environment where there is little or no grass has resulted in many environmental and agricultural problems. The cattle breeds that feed on grass have little resistance to predators or disease. Placed into a semi-desert, semi-tropic hostile environment where they do not fit is a recipe for disaster. Some reasons why the European beef cattle have not thrived: • European beef cattle have poor disease resistance, genetic diseases and high losses due to predators
 • European beef cattle have higher feed costs, requiring non-native feeds; they do not eat the non-native invasive shrubs, or invasive cactus
 • European beef cattle have high calf losses (as high as 30%) and low reproduction rates
 • European beef cattle have poor mothering skills and high rate of birth complications
 •Due to the high losses, more cattle are required on pasture, causing more environmental damage 
 • Massive animal and livestock die off in Kenya and East Africa, due to drought, over grazing, poor management of water resources, poor cattle management and using the wrong type of cattle Some reasons why the Texas Longhorn will help both Israeli as well as East African farms and ranches: •Longhorns can eat invasive shrubs and cacti which are overwhelming the Galilee (in Israel)
 •Longhorns have higher reproduction rates and very low loss rates 
 •Longhorns have excellent calving and mothering abilities
 •Longhorns can go further and longer with less water
 •Longhorns solve the problem of rising feed costs •Longhorns protect their calves from predators •Longhorns are highly resistant to diseases
 Because of the suitability of the Texas Longhorn cattle to survive and thrive in harsh environmental conditions (unlike the current European variety of cattle), the Texas Longhorn Project should receive top priority. The Project would create a solution to serious problems related to hunger and the environment. As Robin explains, “Columbus brought them (the cattle) to the America-Mexican deserts. American ranchers carefully improved them for today’s market needs while maintaining their desert characteristics. Texas Longhorn is the ideal breed for semi desert countries.” I think that this project has terrific potential to help address hunger and environmental issues. Both the governments in Kenya and Israel are keen on this project, but need the funding to make it a reality. I strongly encourage you to support this project. I would like to add that my family knows Robin Rosenblatt from our synagogue, Congregation Beth David, in Saratoga, CA. Robin is very concerned about the state the world is in, and truly wants to make a difference. He is knowledgeable about this subject, he is caring and compassionate toward others, and he has great determination and perseverance. Robin Rosenblatt is a “mensch.” If he advocates for the Texas Longhorn Project then it is definitely a worthy cause, one that deserves our consideration and action. Now is the time for this project.

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make a huge difference in the quality of life of people and livestock, whose very survival is under threat. This is due to the wrong type of cattle, poor management of cattle & water resources, overgrazing, drought. The right cattle can thrive & help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 27, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 27, 2010

Matching live stock to environment is very progressive. Longhorns will thrive in the desert region as they did in Texas when America was building its animal industry. This a project well thought through and should have a chance to do its GOOD work

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I have not seen the results in person because it is so far away. I believe it can work.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not have the resources or knowledge to run this project. Thank goodness for Robin.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoy Mr. Rosenblatt's commitment to this project.He is giddy with the positive changes it can make.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have only met Robin

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could save many lives and environments.

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I don't think this applies to me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the word out.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 26, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 26, 2010

I attended a presentation by the Director of the project and was convinced that when fully funded, many lives would be improved from having healthy food and increasing the economy and fiscal well being of the participants.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

feed millions of individuals world wide, starting in Africa and Israel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 26, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 26, 2010

The United States has made two major blunders in providing food relief and autonomy to Africa. We provided powdered milk to ethnic groups which were lactase deficient and became sickened with diarrhea from our largesse. We provided cattle which were ill-suited to the climate and forage conditions of Africa and have not prospered. The Texas longhorn project provides a chance for the United States and Israel to grow cattle which are tough enough to survive the climate, forage conditions and predators and to flourish, providing needed protein, animal products and economic advancement for people who need a hand-up, not a handout. Several years ago, when we had dinner at our home with a Ugandan couple, we learned how unproductive the land was for cattle raising, so that thousands of acres were needed to barely support their family. I support the Texas Longhorn project because it provides the people of Africa the chance to develop their own successful cattle industry, it furthers world peace and understanding, and is a springboard to economic recovery.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through the eyes of its founder, Robin Rosenblatt.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work hard to raise money to get the job rolling.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The practical vision, experience and approach of its passionate director

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The Director

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Foster agricultural and economic independence in Africa, reduce conflict and improve international relationships.

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It was excellent.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

(1) financial - for initial operations and (2) lack of support from NGOs because this appears to be a self-sustaining project

One thing I'd also say is that...

Support this project now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 22, 2010

This project will help many farmers and consumers to improve their standards of living and health. I have great confidence in the founder of the project and can attest to his sincerity and deep commitment to the cause of peace and social justice. He deserves support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Israel and Africa.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more publicity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion of the founder, Robin Rosenblatt.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding individual.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve the living standards and health of thousands.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had proper funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope it succeeds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 22, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 22, 2010

great organization and purpose I met Mr. Rosenblatt personally He is knolegable, dedicated and capable of getting this done I highly recomend donations to this non profit organization

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their web site

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get Mr. Rosenblatt as general manager

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting Mr. Rosenblatt

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to the project

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help the people in Israel and some other countries in africa

Ways to make it better...

the organization had enough donations to start the project

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fiinancial, the project require a large investment to start and run the project until it is self sofficient

One thing I'd also say is that...

Good luck raising the money All the best

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 21, 2010

I am a friend of Robin's and a sounding board. His idea is a very simple one; using American Longhorn cattle to supplement livestock in the Middle East that are not well suited to arid environments. The project combines ecology and economics to provide for a stable and sustainable food source; a stronger economic base for the ranchers of the Middle East and East Africa; and a way of reducing famine, increasing a solid economic base, which in turn should advance peace within the region, without harming the environment.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the vision and passion of its founder, Robin Rosenblatt. He is an outside-the-box thinker, using his education and experiences to try to make a better world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

feed the starving masses of the Middle East and East Africa, which would promote a stable economic and environmental base.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
April 21, 2010
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During, master’s degree program in 1996 at Hebrew University I did a small research project on East African cattle development and found that they were using America beef cattle that were better suited for the peaceful, plentiful and safe plains of Ohio, not the harsh semi-desert environment of East Africa. About the same time I toured the major cattle ranches in Israel. Where I witness some of the same problems: Feed problems due to a lack of grass and high production of shrubs; High rate of calve birth complications, Inappropriate branding, Inadequate fencing, cattle rustling (stealing), Poor disease resistance, Major cattle parasite problems, Low reproduction rates. High losses to predators, disease as high as 30% of the annual calving crop, normal losses should be # 3.5%, Mysterious genetic diseases with no cure; Poor mothering ability: Israeli cattle do not project their calves from a very small dog like creature called a Jackal. The Jackal simply bites the nose of the calf as it is being born and strangles it. The Mother and the herd stand passively as this goes on. When I saw my first Israeli Jackal on the Golan Heights, he was hunting mice and I thought he was cute and did not deserve the name Jackal. We can solve this with Texas Longhorn cattle that are known to babysit their calves. Israel has created a domestic dairy cow that fits its environment and meets its needs. We are trying to do the same for Israel’s small beef industry. Created a domestic bred of cattle that combines desert and meat characteristics and fits Israel’s environment and meets its needs. Texas Longhorn originated East of Israel some 5 to 7,000 years ago and migrated west. Columbus brought them to the America-Mexico deserts. American ranchers carefully improved them for today’s market needs while maintaining their desert characteristics. Texas Longhorn is the ideal breed for semi desert countries.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization has overcome major straggles to get to this point. Including helping negotiate the most recent agricultural treaty between Israel and America.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Running this organization I welcome all suggestions and try them out to see if they will help.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have leaned and grown a lot from my involement. Having to take on challeges that I never dreamed that I could do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

everyone who has helped has done far more then what they were asked to do. They enturn have give me the support and strenght to continue on.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It would solve environmental and agriculture food problem everywhere without imposing our culture values. We would help people to help themselves as we are gong to do in East Africa.

Ways to make it better...

If more people would donate.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The biggest challenges facing us today is the bad economy and lack of interested in solving a problem before it becomes a disaster as it did in East Africa.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you to all those that have help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

When I first met Robin, his enthusiasm for the Longhorn project was very infectious. This one small project could save millions of people lives living in the drought laded lands of Africa. What a simple plan of using Texas Longhorn cattle to breed with the local cattle to improve their survival rates during periods of drought. Israel has the expertise to raise and care for the longhorns before they are ready to be shipped to places like Kenya. This project could also be a stimulus for moving the Mideast towards more joint projects which would lead to peaceful coexistence for the region. Our teens and young adults in the United States are mostly unaware of conditions in other places in the world. This is a project where I can see modern world history classes can add a social action project to their curriculum. Simple ideas with a potential large impact are the most difficult to get off the ground because people think that it should have been done already. Once funding can start flowing into this project, I truly believe this project can be self sustaining one people can actually see the benefits.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the results of this organization in making people aware of the drought and starvation of East Africa.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I ran this organization, I would see if teenagers would take up this cause and help raise funds. I would also look at other longhorn projects to see if they could assist with this project as well.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I have enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is becoming a friend of Robin.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were very passionate about this project.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization has 10 million bucks it could have had a major impact on East Africa already.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if funding was available for professional awareness materials.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are funding and awareness materials for passing out to people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

One thing I would also say is that is using Israel as a place to launch this project from is a fantastic idea to help the Middle East see the benefits of Israeli society.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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