Longhorn Cows with a Hereford Bull
The painter of this landscape uses the painting to symbolically depict the changes emerging in animal husbandry.
At the time that this picture was painted, animal breeding was being done scientifically for the first time in the UK and farmers were beginning to understand the principles of genetics, line breeding and cross breeding to rear their cattle. For instance, using a Hereford bull on Longhorn cows was becoming an economically important principle in the production of British beef.
English Longhorns are arguably one of the most historic breeds of British cattle and although they are a far rarer breed, they are widely recognised in the British beef industry for the production of a large, meaty carcass.
English longhorns have never been imported in any number to North America and despite their similarities, are in no way related to the Texas Longhorn. Instead, America saw large imports of the Hereford bull which began in the early 1800’s and revolutionised the American beef industry.