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PHILLIPS cattle are one of the oldest families. The late J.G. "Jack" Phillips, Jr. of Brazoria County, Texas and his father were born and raised with Longhorn cattle. The herd was expanded in the late twenties by Jack's purchase of the Melgaard herd. A more detailed account of this historical family was featured in the Texas Longhorn Journal Summer 1980 issue entitled the "Texas Ranger Legacy."
Phillips cattle are taller and longer than the other herds. Some interchanging of bulls was done with Peeler. Also a good horned Butler bull was used by the Phillips' during the 1950's.
The Phillips cattle are every color with possibly more solid color than some herds due to the sun burning of white cattle in the very hot coastal climate. More large horned and big beefy bulls were used in this herd than any other. Some of the almost lost Texas twist horn factor is still retained in Phillips cattle. The Phillips blood is one in itself. They are individualistic and no other herds look exactly like they do. They have long legs and slightly coarse bone. Some almost homely heads and narrow faces may be found. The Dickinson Cattle Co., Inc. herd has about 35% Phillips blood with a good 30% or better just the Texas Ranger part of that family.
Texas Ranger, the all-time leading sire, was raised by Phillips. The longest, tallest and most rapid gaining Longhorns all trace to this great bull. At this writing, every world or International All Age Champion Bull traces to Texas Ranger lineage.
The Texas Ranger blood is the favorite of leading commercial ranchers and major show winning exhibitors. This family, when properly mated, will produce adult bulls weighing 1,800 lbs. to 2,100 lbs. with horns in excess of 55" tip to tip. Texas Ranger is the strongest male line in the breed. More of his progeny are used in frozen semen and embryo transfer than any other line. Some say if it had not been for the growth factor that Texas Ranger added to the breed, commercial ranchers would have never appreciated and respected Longhorns as they do today.