LIFE BY THE HORNS: 40 lots of Longhorn cattle were sold at the Roma Saleyards on Saturday.
LIFE BY THE HORNS: 40 lots of Longhorn cattle were sold at the Roma Saleyards on Saturday. Joshua Macree

Horns up at Saleyards

THE ROMA Saleyards was a hive of activity on Saturday morning, as buyers and onlookers clamoured to watch 40 lots of beautiful Texas longhorn cattle go under the hammer.

Sourced from breeders across Australia, including D7 Spur Texan Longhorns (Tambo), Brigalow Longhorns and Horseshoe B Longhorns (Charters Towers) the cattle were hot property among buyers, with exciting bidding permeating the morning.

Buyers from all over Australia including the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria either watched online or purchased the cattle through agents on hand.

Roma Saleyards tour guide Jim Scott said the Texan longhorns had a unique set of features that offered something different to bidders, compared with other breeds of cattle.

"They are a rather unique breed and, as I understand, and the meat on them is not unlike wagyu and is slightly marbled," he said.

"They offer tourist potential and while they don't grow as much fat as other cattle, they do offer quality meat.

"Horseshoe B Longhorns, from Charters Towers, do wagon wheel tours like the ones you see in western movies."

Since its inception in 2017, the Texas longhorn sale is now a highly anticipated event on the Roma Saleyards calendar and Mr Scott hopes it can continue to develop.

"This was started last year and has become an annual event and now and once you build on your success, it becomes a case of endurance," he said.

"Original longhorns came to America from Spain with Christopher Columbus and would commonly pull wagons."

Mr Scott said buyers and agents were looking for specific features on the cattle that could indicate superior genetics ripe for breeding.

"There can be speckling along the horns just like the little brown and white fellows we saw earlier and they have made consistently good money, but whether that's an inherent part of the gene, I don't know."

FAST FACTS

Top price: $7450

Offered: 51

Sold: 45