ABOUT THE HERD

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The Fort Worth Herd was created as part of the city's sesquicentennial celebration. A herd of 17 Texas Longhorns, each steer representing one decade from Fort Worth's colorful past, and a diverse team of drovers clad in authentic 19th century clothing were acquired to create the Fort Worth Herd.

On June 12, 1999, in front of 15,000 spectators, the Fort Worth Herd made its first cattle drive to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

HERD FAQS

What time is the cattle drive?
Every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on E. Exchange Ave. in the Stockyards. No charge to attend and you can view the procession from the sidewalk.

How big are the Fort Worth Herd steers?
A mature longhorn steer can weigh 1,400 to 2,500 pounds, enough that a hoof to your foot could really hurt. Their signature horns can measure six to nine feet, tip-to-tip.

Are longhorns aggressive?
The Texas Longhorn of today is a docile, friendly breed, but it still has strong survival instincts. When they are used to humans, they can be handled easily and even taught to respond to voice commands. Remember they are animals and can behave in unpredictable manners. 

Where do the steers in the Herd come from?
Fort Worth Herd steers are graciously donated by ranchers who support our program and share their love for these animals and the western way of life with others. The longhorns on the sidewalk do not belong to the Herd program.

Can I ride a horse in the cattle drive? What if I am an experienced rider?
For the safety of our visitors and our team, only Fort Worth Herd staff are permitted to ride in the twice-daily cattle drive. Even the most experienced riders do not have the training that goes into operating this unique cultural attraction. 

Can I drive my vehicle, such as a car or covered wagon, behind the cattle drive?
No, the cattle drive operates twice daily with precision to ensure the safety of our guests. We do not allow unfamiliar elements that can disrupt the routine of our majestic longhorn cattle.

Does the Fort Worth Herd make special appearances?
Yes. To request an appearance by the herd or our drovers, contact Trail Boss Kristin Jaworski at kristinjaworski@fortworth.com or Mitch Whitten at mitchwhitten@fortworth.com.

I love the Fort Worth Herd! How can I support this important western tradition and help make sure this beautiful tradition continues?  
Follow the Fort Worth Herd on Twitter, Social @fortworthherd and text HERD2020 THEHERD to 41444 to give donations in support/appreciation for the cattle drive or visit
https://app.mobilecause.com/form/uffbyw?vid=ktklf  Visit https://www.fortworth.com/the-herd/ to learn more.

Are parades or processions allowed to follow the twice-daily cattle drives at a distance?
In very rare circumstances, a procession may follow the cattle drive but only after the longhorns are secure in their holding area.