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In Fort Worth, the size of the horns does matter

Bluegrass, at 119.5 inches, holds the world's record for longhorn cattle horn span

The Fort Worth Herd is raising funds to bid on Bluegrass, who will be auctioned in the Stockyards this fall
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The Fort Worth Herd is raising funds to bid on Bluegrass, who will be auctioned in the Stockyards this fall

The Fort Worth Herd is trying to hook the nearly 10-foot horns of Bluegrass, a world-record holding steer in Kansas who is scheduled to be sold at auction this fall in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The Herd has started a GoFundMe page to raise $100,000 it thinks will take to lasso the 9-year-old steer during the Fort Worth Stockyards Longhorn Auction on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

As of late Thursday afternoon, 13 people had pledged $925 toward the purchase.

The auction will be in the Stockyards Auction Barn, behind the Exchange Building off Exchange Avenue. It will be the first longhorn auction in the barn in more than 20 years.

Developer Majestic Realty, which has partnered with Fort Worth’s Hickman family on a $175 million redevelopment in the Stockyards, asked the Valentine-Hudson Partnership to again produce the auction. The developers have promised to bring livestock events back to the Stockyards.

Lorinda Valentine of Aledo said the auction featuring 100 Texas longhorns will command some high prices. Many of the longhorns will sport impressive horns.

And in the longhorn industry, the size of the horn spread is important.

In addition to Bluegrass, five cows with horn spreads of at least 90-inches are also on the block, as well as a 6-year-old steer with horns that long, Valentine said.

We’re expecting big things at this sale. There’s a lot of history in this sale.

Lorinda Valentine, Fort Worth Stockyards Longhorn Auction producer

“We’re expecting big things at this sale,” Valentine said. “There’s a lot of history in this sale.”

But all eyes will be on Bluegrass, who was deemed to have the longest horn span at 117.25 inches on Oct. 4, 2014, and again on Sept. 27, 2015, with 119.5 inches, according to Lazy J Longhorns in Greenleaf, Kan. Guinness World Records flew a team in from London to do the official measuring.

Valentine said she’s trying to get an official measuring again at the auction because she predicts the span is at least 120 inches now and still growing. “Bluegrass is not done,” she said.

And that’s what has Kristin Jaworski, trail boss of the Herd, the twice-daily cattle drive of Texas longhorns down Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards, so excited.

Jaworski wants Bluegrass in Fort Worth and a member of the Herd, which is sponsored by the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.

She said she traveled to Kansas a couple weeks ago to see the steer, and while she was standing at the fence, he came running to her as if saying, “You’re here to see me, bring me to Fort Worth.”

Bluegrass’ owner, Joe Sedlacek, confirmed that. He said Bluegrass is normally very calm, but when he saw Jaworski, he started bucking and kicking. “I’ve never seen him do that before,” Sedlacek said.

Sedlacek said he has seen the Herd a couple of times in Fort Worth and would be thrilled to have Bluegrass become a member. He said he “worries daily” that his horns will break.

He agrees with Valentine that Bluegrass’ horns will break the 10-foot mark at the auction. He put the steer in the auction thinking the least he’ll draw is $50,000.

I hope the Herd gets him. A lot of Texans would like to see the world’s longest horns be in Texas and not Kansas.

Joe Sedlacek, Lazy J Longhorns, owner of Bluegrass

“I hope the Herd gets him,” Sedlacek said. “A lot of Texans would like to see the world’s longest horns be in Texas and not Kansas.”

Sedlacek said he bought Bluegrass from an owner in Kentucky, hence his name, four years ago. He was born in Utah.

Jaworski said Bluegrass would be a good investment for Fort Worth, but it will take a lot of donations. The Herd’s other steers have been donated.

He’s impressive. I’ve got to have him.

Kristin Jaworski, Fort Worth Herd trail boss

“We’re hoping we can get the support. He’s impressive. I’ve got to have him,” Jaworski said.

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