Longhorn cattle wait for an auction to begin at the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. The historic stockyards were an important cattle transport junction up until the 1960's. Today volunteers orchestrate cattle drives into the stockyards for amusement of tourists.  (Photo by Steven Clevenger/Corbis via Getty Images)
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What Makes Longhorn Beef Unique?
Red meat can have a bad rap, with studies showing that overconsumption of beef can increase one's risk of heart disease, diabetes, and more. In an attempt to give Americans a way to enjoy beef without worrying about their health, farmers are championing a high-quality and potentially healthier breed called the Texas Longhorn.
The Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America explains that Longhorn beef is much leaner than other types, with less saturated fat, but a rich and unique flavor. These cows could join the next wave of in-demand, luxury beef, while still remaining a more low-calorie, low-cholesterol, vitamin-rich choice.
Many ranchers are also choosing to raise Longhorns because of the cows' ease of maintenance: they are not picky eaters, can live in several different climates, and have a natural immunity to common parasites and diseases. Purchasing a Longhorn cut just might be worth it for great flavor and a greater push for healthier beef.