California cattle rancher hopes to help Israel with better breed

Thursday, June 27, 2013
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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. 

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