WELCOME TO HALTOM HOLLAR RANCH
Home of the Rocking Double H Brand
of Registered Texas Longhorns
Hello! We’re James and Lynette Haltom. We live in London, Kentucky and encourage anyone passing by to visit. Give us a call at (606) 877-8698 and you’ll get a free jar of Haltom Hollar Jam in addition to seeing some beautiful Texas Longhorns.
We purchased our first longhorns in 2012, but like most breeders we sold that herd and started over. We got serious in 2013 and purchased Bubba Tuff Chex who is the sire of our first bred and owned Texas Longhorns. His sire is Cowboy Tuff Chex who is 100 -1/4 inches tip-to-tip and is in the Guinness World Records as the longest horned bull in history.
To top off his genetics we are adding CV Casanovas Magnum, Startex and Saddlehorn to the mix. We’re breeding the total package animal for size, temperament, conformation, twist and flashy colors. By keeping our herd small we can invest in breeding the best genetics available for the type of longhorns we like. We will have some of these calves available in the future.
James is a 26 year retired veteran of U.S. Navy. He served in Viet Nam and was stationed around the world. His last stint in the military was as a Navy Recruiter. He set a goal to become Recruiter Of The Year, which he did, and his record was unbroken for as long as we know. After the Navy James went back to school to became a hospice nurse. I met James in California when he was treating my husband who died from cancer. Our friendship blossomed into the wonderful marriage we have today. My story is completely different. I worked in the music and entertainment industry for many years in Los Angeles. I got to live the "rock and roll" life during the late 70's and 80's when it was fun. I lived in Manhattan and Hermosa Beach, drove a VW convertible and enjoyed life. Later I became more serious and ended my career working for the City of Hemet. So it's true opposites attract - James is the "little bit country" and I'm the "little bit rock and roll".
James said we had to get out of California because he missed "green". I didn't know what that meant. So we got on a plane, landed in Knoxville, TN and eventually found a 45 acre secluded hollar in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. In 2008 we packed the truck looking just like the Beverly Hillbillies and moved into an old trailer on the property and started to build our "Hillbilly Heaven". At that time we had no intentions of raising cattle (our property is mostly woods and hills). For a few years James tried to convince me we should get a cow or two so we could raise our own meat. I had never been around a cow before, but I finally agreed as long as there were no bulls and no horns! Beef cattle can be aggressive so we waited until by chance someone told us about the docile nature of Texas Longhorns. We purchased a few good blooded longhorns and in no time they were pets. I fell in love with them. Our neighbors joined in the endeavor by letting us use their pastures so we could expand. That's how this all started.
In 2013 we were invited to a futurity and our little bulls placed in the middle of the pack. I wanted to win one of those rifles so in 2014 we entered Bubba Tuff Chex and Mighty Drag Iron Lady at the Southeastern Winchester Futurity. They both took first place and Bubba Tuff Chex won Grand Champion Bull (so I got my rifles). Since that first futurity our lives have completely changed. We have the "longhorn bug" bad. We've set new goals to breed some of the finest animals in the industry.
Our "non-longhorn" friends don't understand this excitement about cattle. We love to learn and talk about them so if you ever have a free moment give us a call at 606-877-8698. The personal relationships we develop over the phone and in person are priceless.
Thanks for visiting our website and we hope you enjoy what you see.
James and Lynette Haltom