YORKTOWN - Tejas Tip 2 Tip has horns that are the envy of his five dozen brothers.
With horns measuring 10 feet 2 3/4 inches, longhorn Tejas Tip 2 Tip appears to have the longest horn spread in the world.
The largest on record is about 10 feet 1 inch, according to Guinness World Records.
Tejas Tip 2 Tip is from a trophy steer herd of more than 60 cattle that Todd Taylor owns in Bee County. Taylor caught the steer and brought him to Yorktown about a month ago so Geary and Judy Taylor, his parents, could spend time with the steer so he will become used to being around people.
"He happens to be the pick of the litter," said Taylor, a lawyer from Sugar Land. "When I caught him and drug him over here, I had no idea that he was going to be the world record. I just knew that he was huge."
Taylor measured Tejas Tip 2 Tip's horns Feb. 12 with the help of Anthony Netardus, DeWitt County Texas A&M AgriLife extension agent. The men had to herd the steer between two gates. The steer had his head down with his horns poking through the gates as the men measured.
Netardus was taken aback when he found out a steer that had longer horns than the world record holder was in DeWitt County.
"I didn't realize we had a record length tip to tip longhorn in DeWitt County," he said. "I know it's a big deal in the longhorn industry."
The steer's world-record status has not been verified by Guinness World Records. Taylor hopes to get in touch with officials to verify the record before he sells the steer.
Tejas Tip 2 Tip's horns didn't grow that long by chance, his owner said. The animal was the product of selective breeding. At the age of 8, Tejas' horns aren't done growing and will continue until the steer is about 15.
His horns grew the most during the first five or six years of his life, Taylor said.
"He might grow an inch a side a year from now on," he said.
Tejas Tip 2 Tip was born on Taylor's 125-acre ranch near Yorktown on August 14, 2008. Taylor castrated him at a year old and moved him to his 1,200-acre ranch in Bee County.
Taylor bought a bull named Starliner in 2002 and heifer named Delta Van Horn in 2004. Taylor paid a vet from Kenedy to do embryo transfer work.
"As a result of that pairing, I got a bull, and the bull's name was Tejas Star," he said. "He was raised on this ranch. Tejas Star has been the single biggest influence in my herd and a lot of other peoples' herds"
Tejas Star fathered Tejas Tip 2 Tip and more than 60 steers on Taylor's ranch in Bee County. One of Tejas Star's daughters sold for about $87,500 last year.
Every male that is born on the ranch in Yorktown is named Tejas something, and every female that is born is named Texana something.
Taylor plans to sell Tejas Tip 2 Tip at the Red McCombs Fiesta Sale on May 5 in Johnson City.
"Longhorns are the equivalent of a coin to a coin collector," he said. "People want to possess him and look at him."
Longhorns are a unconventional breed and a novelty, Netardus said. Breeders grow the cattle for their horns. In the commercial business, many ranchers dehorn their calves so they don't have to deal with the horns.
"This is just a whole different breed of animals," he said. "These are made for the horns."
Longhorns know how to walk to handle their horns without getting them caught on brush or gates, Netardus said.
"He knows exactly the length of his horns 'cause he's used to having to walk them around in the brush in Bee County," Taylor said.
Tejas Tip 2 Tip has black and white coloring, which is eye-catching, Taylor said.
"That's something about Tejas Star; a lot of his offspring were immaculately beautiful," he said. "When he was born, he was really born white."
Testosterone in bulls slows their horn growth over time, Taylor said. Steers' horns grow their whole lives.
"The steer is going to have a lot longer horns than a bull," he said. "When you castrate them, they put all of that energy into that horn growth."
Taylor and his wife, Laura Taylor, are proud to have raised a steer that has such long horns, Taylor said.
"When you set out to try to raise animals with a lot of horn, it's a lot easier said and it's not easily done," he said. "We hope that whoever buys him at this upcoming sale is proud to own him."