Griffen cattle were medium to large, and blocky. They were yellow, long-headed, and had long horns with a wide upward
and outward twist. The Griffen cattle are yellow, and can reputedly be traced at least in part to French cattle introduced
to the Gulf Coast area in about 1850. The Griffen family had a sawmill for milling lumber from the old growth forest. The
original importation of cattle included some 300 head.
are small and thickly built cattle. They have long, twisted horns that have a very Spanish character, and their head shape
also resembles that of Spanish cattle. These details put some doubt on the French origin of the strain, or at least the remnants
of the strain left until today. Griffen cattle were used locally as dairy cattle, although this no longer continues.
Jack Bayliss used several Griffen cattle in his herd, and the Bayliss and Griffen lines are related. Jess Brown and Justin
Pitts have been able to produce some very high percentage Griffen cattle by carefully mating the few remaining cattle of this
--- Phil Sponenberg