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Longhorn project show

  1. 1. An Environmental/agricultural project to help Israel and East Africa. 501(c) 3 nonprofit (# 74-3177354)
  2. 2. Israel is now raising America's finest beef cattle -- plump, docile European breeds. Adapted to temperate grassy plains.
  3. 3. However, when these cattle were put into Israel’s hostile desert environment where there is little or no grass the odds were against them.
  4. 4. European beef cattle suffered from poor disease resistance, genetic diseases and high losses due to predators.
  5. 5. The farmers experienced higher feed costs, requiring non-native feeds be imported, because these cattle will not eat the non-native invasive shrubs, or invasive cactus.
  6. 6. Their calf losses have been as high as 30% along with low reproduction rates.
  7. 7. These beef cattle have demonstrated poor mothering skills and a high rate of birth complications.
  8. 8. Because of the high losses, more cattle are required on pasture, resulting in more environmental damage.
  9. 9. Kenya and East Africa have suffered massive animal and livestock die off due to drought, over grazing, poor management of water resources, poor cattle management and using the wrong type of cattle in their arid environments.
  10. 10.      Ancestral beginnings started some 6,500 years ago on the shores of the Black Sea then migrating down through the deserts of the Middle East circling back through Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa. In a Minoan, Knossos palace, there is a 5,000-year-old painting of what closely compares to a Longhorn. Columbus and Spanish settlers brought Longhorn to the Americas in about 1493. These Longhorns thrived in the harsh semi-arid climate of Mexico and South Texas. Indian raids, diseases and harsh elements destroyed the Spanish settlements, releasing herds of cattle to freely roam the southwest. These same cattle formed the genetic base of today’s American herds and the Longhorn breed. Nearly 500 years of natural selection in these desert environments has produced today’s Texas Longhorn.
  11. 11.  Longhorns can eat invasive shrubs and cacti which are overwhelming the Galilee  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
  12. 12.        One Texas Longhorn Embryo cost $ 650. 1st year start-up cost estimated to be $ 375K. 2nd-4th year additional total costs estimated at $ 200K. To be financially self supporting at the 5th year. Free use of highly valuable land and scientists. Internship opportunities will be made available to Agricultural University, college and high school students in America and Israel. Volunteer opportunities will also be available as herd riders, calf-care, research assistants, general ranch help.
  13. 13.  To help Israel and East Africa by introducing a viable breed of beef cattle that can fit and can thrive in their semi-desert environments. That breed would be the Texas Longhorn.  We will demonstrate through scientific experimentation that these cattle can thrive in Israel’s semi-desert environment.  We will teach the ranchers, farmers and villagers how to work with these cattle.  We then, donate cattle to those farms, ranches, villages and schools that need them.  This herd will support the projects’ charitable, scientific and educational activities.
  14. 14. To help make this world a better place and to become part of Jewish History.
  15. 15. email: robin@longhornproject.org website: www.longhornproject.org phone: (650) 631-9270 mailing address: ISRAEL LONGHORN PROJECT 815 Hill St. # 5 Belmont CA 94002