P hanging Heart brand is an old registered Montana brand, Carmen’s
Great Uncle first used this brand in the late 1800’s. Her Grandmother
gave us the brand as a wedding present over 40 years ago. We have
the old original handmade iron with a long handle used in wood fires.
Although we don’t use the antique iron, it does hang in the art studio
as a memento. Our locations registered with the Montana Department of
Livestock are left rib and right hip on cattle, right thigh on horses.
When you see this brand on longhorn cattle, you can be assured it will
be “your brand of excellence”!
began using Texas Longhorn bulls in 1976 to breed to our first calf
beef heifers. We also purchased a couple of longhorn cows at that
time. They worked so well, we started rethinking the way we managed our
beef cattle. We appreciated the Longhorn’s tough and smart traits,
developed by nature through the centuries, and we also enjoyed the
entertainment of roping, along with the visual beauty of the animals.
have worked hard for many years to produce national contenders. We
feel that our early experience in raising beef cattle helped teach us
how to breed for the traits we desire, how to cull hard and how to build
a more uniform herd in all ways. We are pleased to share these animals
is a hardy herd, gentle, and well mannered. They are not pets,
however. We have a zero tolerance policy for fence crawlers, mean cows,
or non-breeders. They are a healthy herd, without a lot of unnecessary
medications and vaccinations. The heifer calves are all Bangs
vaccinated. Our first priority is a maintenance free cow that raises a
good calf every year.
Why use Hodges Longhorn genetics?
Our herd has been developed and refined through the years. Our cows
are full of generations of solid background cattle. That is the reason
why, when you purchase a bull from us, he will usually outcross to herds
of mixed bloodlines with more predictable results.