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Review for Israel Longhorn Project, Sebastopol, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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?


Role:  General Member of the Public & I've researched this on the internet, spoken to Robin Rosenblatt, the director, and read an article on the situation in Kenya.