Israel American Texas Longhorn Cattle Ecological Project, Inc.
April 21, 2010
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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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.
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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.
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