What would an event for the Chisholm trail museum be without a real live longhorn in attendance?
We have know the Straka's since they were traveling with their steer Oreo, who was tragically lost too early with two of his pasture mates during a lighting storm. The time and care that this couple puts into training these boys is incredible. Our youngest daughter will usually be found hanging out at events with the Strakas, and it was they who started her love of the Longhorn cattle breed. Did you know at one time there were fewer longhorn cattle than American bison in the United States? The Straka's longhorn lines can be traced back to one of the first places to realize these handsome animals needed to be saved- The Wichita Reserve here in Oklahoma.
Some of the answers to my interview are in video form, some written and some I thought both were good replies. - Marna Davis
Howdy turned 7 this past March and weighs about 1700 pounds (our biggest steer, TBone, weighed in at 2000 pounds)
2. Will he get any bigger?
Yes, he may get a little taller, although he is already quite tall now. He can get a little on the chubby side if he is out in the pasture too long. Longhorns are what we call “easy keepers” and can get a little too heavy if you are not careful. They were not a domesticated animal back in the day, they lived on their own and made due with surviving and even thriving on very little grass. Their horns will continue to grow throughout their lives.