Homestead Farm was established in central Texas in 1990 by Lee and Mary DuPont to raise Thoroughbred racehorses. After some success that included breeding two stakes winners and the 1996 champion Texas bred two year old colt, the decision was made to change the focus of the farm to Longhorn cattle. The first longhorn cow had been purchased in 1992 and the fascination had begun.
By 1996 the farm had a small herd of cows that included daughters of Measles’s Super Ranger, Bail Jumper, GF G-man, Classic Catch, and Ranger’s Brushcutter just to name a few. In 2000 a Jet Jockey cow with a young bull calf by Overlord CP at her side was purchased from Carla Payne. The bull calf was named Mr. Lee and he became our herd sire in 2002. During his time as herd sire, Mr. Lee sired some excellent calves.
Lady, Dam of Mr. Lee
Mr. Lee was our foundation herd sire by Overlord CP out of a Jet Jockey daugher.
ABOUT THE FAMILY
It was only natural that we would raise Texas Longhorn cattle. With 8 generations of Texans in the family our Texas roots go deep. Our ancestors include participants in the Battle of San Jacinto, an 1890’s Texas Ranger, several sheriffs and other lawmen, as well as ranchers and farmers. Although away from Texas for a number of years, we returned in 1989 to stay.
Our two children and three grandchildren sometimes help on the farm. Our granddaughter Zoe showed some of our cattle when she was in high school.
The focus of the breeding program at Homestead Farm is balance. While we appreciate good horn, we think the horn should not "wear the cow", so to speak. We want a cow that is the total package of conformation, reproductive ability, hardiness, and horn. We prefer the twisty horn cattle and select for this trait. Mr. Lee’s dam had the spiral twist horn that appeals to so many. Mr. Lee looked a great deal like his half-brother Boomerang, who had also been bred by Carla Payne. Both bulls were by the good sire Overlord CP and out of granddaughters of Bail Jumper.
Current herd sires at Homestead Farm:
Kaboom 44/1 Purchased in 2015, his first crop arrived in 2016. Kaboom is by Struthoff Ranch bull Bowie Texa 280, who is by the well know bull Jamakizm and out of horn show case winner Texana Van Horne. Kaboom is out of the nice-bodied young cow SR Madden’s Analena. Kaboom has the substance, size, color, and horn that make a great herd sire.
Zoe's Red Dragon HD is a home bred by the well know bull Drag Iron and out of Lady Red 2/2. Lady was shown successfully by our granddaughter Zoe. Dragon is covering daughters of Kaboom 44/1 that we have retained, as well as a few of our older cows. He is adding size to an already good mix. We have several young bulls and heifers by Dragon that are available for sale.
Son Jory DuPont and grandson Max watching Zoe at the 2015 Houston Livestock show.