> What were Charles Goodnight's
> contributions to the development
> of these breeds?
Charles Goodnight was a master cattle breeder. He was also a crossbreeder. Here is the pertinent information, taken from a book about John Clay and his life on the range, quoting Mr. Clay:
"In the hundreds, nay thousands, of cattle deals I have had, this was the best I ever made. This was a magnificent bunch of cattle and as I looked at them in after years, saw them grow on the range, my admiration of Goodnight as a cattleman soared skyward.
These cattle had a Texas foundation (presumably Longhorn, JS), several crosses of Shorthorn and then a Hereford top. They retained their rustling ability, they had bone, breadth across their loins and a nellowness of coat that caught a buyer's eye. The same brand of cattle in later years could not touch them."