Our current herd consists of Brangus cattle. We chose Brangus to be the main type of cattle to stock the Double Circle. The previous owners had used Texas Longhorns steers for their business, but since we run a calf crop operation that wouldn’t have worked for us. Longhorns are more recognized as a ranching cow, but are not the best choice for beef purposes.
The previous owners of the Double Circle Ranch currently maintained a cattle herd of just over 200 Texas Longhorn steers. The Longhorns roamed free on almost 40,000 acres, so it was a pretty good gig, being a steer on this ranch!
The steers here live out their days traveling the mountains and grasslands – not to Montana or railways bound for eastern markets – but as our quadripedal forage and soil improvement ambassadors, working continuously to keep our range land fertile and our soils healthy. Our steers are a major component of our conservation work. We herd them regularly, moving them onto areas where they graze the old vegetation to stimulate fresh forage and till the soil to promote water percolation and seed germination, fertilizing as they go.
The Double Circle Longhorns are imposing creatures but remarkably gentle, accustomed to being herded by horseback just about daily. It is an attractive breed, full of color and pattern and the horns…those horns! Our herd has been the subject of many a photographer’s lens, many a painter’s canvas, and we’re told even a song and a poem or two. Come let us introduce you to the herd, and see what they inspire you to do.
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