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Israel Longhorn Project

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Causes: Animals, Biological & Life Sciences, Technology

Mission: To help Israel and East Africa by introducing a viable breed of beef cattle that can thrive in Israel's and East African's desert environments. That breed would be the Texas Longhorn.

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12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Every piece of this theory makes no sense. Forest fires are not caused by shrubs, and if there were such a thing as a "fire shrub," cows probably wouldn't eat them. Releasing foreign cattle into a random forest would devastate existing ecosystems, and there would be no way to round them back up again. Cows contribute to global warming, which has been proven to make forest fires spread farther. Israel does not have a shortage of beef. VERY FEW humans are killed by forest fires in Israel, and it is a much lower concern than causes like heart disease and cancer (which can be associated with eating excessive beef). There is no science or logic of any kind behind any part of this project.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 4

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

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned from my teacher that helping others is a good thing and teaching them to treat animals with respect is as well. The Israel American Texas Longhorn Project will teach the people to treat others with respect in the Middle East, but will also help in East Africa where all the cattle died, which can be very dangerous but it is necessary to help restore order there. I think the Israel Longhorn project can do just that.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Robin discovered the cattle problem while studying for his masters degree in Animal Science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Israeli ranchers had cattle that did not fit the semi desert environment which lead to high losses and costs. Together with other Ph.d and MS.c students they decided that the best cattle to bring to both Israel and East Africa to solve this problem was the distant relative of both the Middle East and Africa's domestic cattle the Texas Longhorn. Texas Longhorn can be breed to the domestic cattle passing on their desert genetics to the domestic cattle improving their adaptability to the harsh semi desert environment of Israel and East Africa. The massive die off of livestock in East Africa make this project and Agriculture Emergency project very positive.