Fort Worth Herd Retires Last Original Steer

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012  |  Updated 6:59 PM CDT
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It's the end of an era for the oldest steer in the Fort Worth Herd. Sancho will no longer make the twice daily cattle drive through the streets of the Stockyards.

Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 Reporter

It's the end of an era for the oldest steer in the Fort Worth Herd. Sancho will no longer make the twice daily cattle drive through the streets of the Stockyards.

The last original member of the Fort Worth Herd -- the longhorns that stroll twice a day through the city's stockyards -- has retired.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that 18-year-old Sancho, a steer with a 90-inch horn span, retired a week ago from the popular tourist attraction.

Sancho retired to the ranch of former Fort Worth City Councilman Jim Lane, who headed up the formation of the herd in 1999 to honor the city's heritage.

In the meantime, the herd is welcoming two new 5-year-olds, Joel and James. They arrived last week.

Herd trail boss Kristin Jaworski says Sancho had been dropping to the rear of the herd on the cattle drives. She says they decided to retire him while he's still got several years left.

More: Facebook.com/TheFortWorthHerd

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