Longhorn cattle are the oldest registered breed of cattle in the world and hundreds of years ago farmers bred cattle to be easy to handle, hardy and to pull the plough.
Now in the 21st century these traits help to produce some of the best beef in the world. Longhorn cattle have quiet, gentle natures, which produces a relaxed meat – their hardiness is ideal for producing meat from grass and finally their strength (now not needed!), produces great marbelling.
In 2006 Heston Blumenthal travelled the world looking to find the best beef to make the perfect steak. In true Heston style he carried out extensive and rigorous taste and cooking tests, comparing a short list of six beef breeds at his restaurant, The Fat Duck. Heston was looking for:
In the end there was a very clear winner and that was the beef of the Longhorn cattle, with its nutty, blue-cheese note he’d hoped to find, together with marvellous moisture and juiciness alongside a firm, but giving texture.
Longhorn Cattle – the oldest pure breed of cattle in England had come up trumps!
Longhorn beef then was voted ‘Britain’s Best Steak ‘ in the Country Life Magazine taste test
For further reasons on why Longhorn Beef is best click here.