A California man is working to get Texas Longhorn cattle to
Israel, and he's asking for the public's help to do it.
Robin Rosenblatt looked at Israel's cattle problem first hand
and realized the country actually needs a tough breed that can
thrive on desert bushes.
According to Rosenblatt, European cattle are too gentle. They
are attacked by predators, such as jackals and wolves, but do not
fight back and lose as many as one-third of calves, he says.
"They go after the nose of the calf as its being born and just
close it with their jaws, and the calf is born dead," the rancher
explains. "The cattle don't defend themselves and so they allow
this to happen."
That's quite a loss for any rancher, so Rosenblatt has come up
with a solution: crossbreed existing cattle with Texas Longhorns,
which are tough and will fight predators. His organization is
called the Texas Longhorn Project.
"I figure to get started we'll need about $250,000, and after
the fifth year we'll need about another $250,000 to get to the
amount that we need," he tells OneNewsNow.
"And at that point we won't need any more donations," he says.
"The cattle will support the project."
Once Israel is taken care of, Rosenblatt is hopeful to be able
to help ranchers in East Africa, which could use the Texas
Longhorns to contend with similar difficulties.