is a breed of beef cattle
that was developed in the early 1930s by Tom Lasater from a crossing of Hereford
cattle with hearty Brahman
stock. The exact mixture of the foundation cattle is unknown, but is thought to be about 25% Hereford, 25% Shorthorn and 50% Brahman. It was the second new breed of cattle registered in the United States
. The original intention was to produce cattle that could produce economically in the difficult environment of South Texas
. The cattle were selected by using the Six Essentials – weight, conformation, milking ability, fertility, hardiness and disposition. Though there are no standards for color, most are red, however others are paint, dun, roan, white, brown, tan, or black.