Looking for the true Texas longhorn of the Wild West

LUBBOCK, Tex. -- Rancher Debbie Davis has no beef with cattlemen who want the Texas longhorns they raise to be, well, beefier.

Her passion, though, lies with preserving the pure longhorn breed that roamed Texas and other parts of the West during the mid-1800s.

``A true Texas longhorn is endangered right now,'' said Davis, president of the Cattlemen's Texas Longhorn Registry, which is striving to keep the bloodline of the longhorn as pure as possible.

The longhorn isn't on any endangered lists, but the crossbred longhorns competing in livestock shows have far more heft and girth than the rangy, gaunt animal of the Wild West.

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