Our herd, JC Longhorns, was started several
years ago after I met and married Jeanette and moved to Victoria
Texas. Having grown up around cattle while living in Shiner, Texas
and having worked parttime for a ranch there that raised registered
Limousine cattle and 42,000+ laying hens, I found it a great opportunity
when I was asked to work for and manage the Double M Ranch at Victoria.
When the talk of raising Texas Longhorn cattle became a serious
issue with the Double M Ranch group, I was the first in line to
try to talk Matt Vanek out of this crazy notion. My limited knowledge
of Texas Longhorns made me believe they were nothing more than
skinny-looking roping steers with a lot of horn to give you trouble.
I was soon proven very wrong! The more I studied about them and
looked at various Longhorn herds and ranches on the internet, the
more I was attracted to the classic beauty of these great animals.
My first dealings in shopping for and purchasing
some Registered Longhorn cattle was with Rick Adams and Bill Plaisance
at the Cedar Creek Cattle Company. While at their ranch and looking
for stock for the Double M Ranch, I spotted a pretty little black
heifer with a lot of horn. After making a deal on a few cows for
herd, I went back home and began to tell Jeanette about this great
looking black heifer that I had fallen in love with over in Lockhart.
It took some serious talking and a whole lot of persuasion, but we made
a decision to purchase that heifer for the start of our own small
herd of Longhorn cattle. Once the heifer was at the ranch, Jeanette
became more interested in the cattle and when those first baby
calves hit the ground, with their wild and varied colors, you could
say she was really hooked.
We run a very small herd that resides along with the Double M
Ranch herd located in DeWitt County, between Victoria and Cuero.
We have been very pleased with the results from that pretty black
heifer, named CC Backstreet Affair. She has given us some outstanding
calves through breeding opportunities with sires from well-recognized
breeders such as Cedar Creek Cattle Company, Lonesome Pines Ranch,
and the Double M Ranch. Through our association with other Texas
Longhorn breeders, we have been fortunate to meet a lot of very
nice people who have never hesitated to help us with questionsand/or
problems that they have already learned about from their ranching
experiences. It has also been through these folks that we have
become connected with the South Texas Longhorn Association. I have
been honored to serve as Vice-President of our organization for
the past few years. We have also become involved with the Longhorn
Shows at Austin and San Antonio each year where we exhibit some
of our cattle in the Non- Haltered (Freedom) Classes. During these
shows, you will usually find me working cows in the non-haltered
pens and getting everything set up for the show. Through these
events, we are able to meet more breeders and other people interested
in the Longhorn cattle. You also get to see the young people showing
off their animals. During the shows, you really have the chance
to enjoy the majesty and beauty of the Longhorns. We think there
is nothing more grand than watching a beautiful Texas Longhorn
walking through the pasture or out into the show ring.
This takes me to the family part of
our lives and our youngsters. Jeanette and I have three grown
children, along with four grandchildren. One of our grandsons,
Jacob, lives with us now. Jacob is only seven years old, but
when it is time to go to the ranch and work cows, he is always
ready to give me a helping hand with penning or giving shots.
I think we have a young cowman in the making. Does this mean
that there will be some halter breaking in the future? along
with some “haltered” show animals? Time willcertainly
Jeanette and I would like to extend
our thanks to all of the people who have helpedus along the way
as we’ve started raising
Longhorn cattle. We always enjoy the great times we have with everyone— whether
it’s working together or just having fun!
You can contact Clarence
and Jeanette at their place in Victoria , Texas . Their phone
number is (361) 648-6249 or visit them on their website at