Behind the Scenes With Highway Cowboys

From Mexican Fighting Bulls to buffalo, loose livestock are an ongoing threat to Texas highways and byways. Luckily, citizens of the Lone Star State can rely on the Highway Cowboys to keep the roads and animals safe. Get to know these modern-day cowboys and their crews!

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Greg Jeffcoat and Rusty Jeffcoat are Highway Cowboys from Liberty, Texas.

The Cowboys use horses to chase down loose livestock, primarily cattle.

Greg tries to rope Brokenjaw, an infamous Mexican Fighting Bull, in Liberty, Texas.

Deputy Junior Tucker (right) is the leader of the cowboy team Deputy Junior and the Boys in Bastrop County, Texas. Cowboy Reed Zapalac chats with Deputy Tucker.

Cowboy Jeremy Kaullecek is ready with rope in hand.  

Jeremy sneaks up on an emu that has gotten loose.

Reed and Deputy Tucker tie down an emu.

Jeremy and Reed take off through the pasture to find troublesome livestock.

Reed, Jeremy and Deputy Tucker chase down livestock in Bastrop, Texas.

Jeremy and Reed rope a stray cow.

Members of the Champion family crew load a bull into the trailer. The Champions' names, including son National Champion, reflect the family's passion for cowboying.  

This entrance leads to Champion Rodeo Co., owned by the Champion family.

Ima Derby Champion, a junior in high school, is National Champion's younger sister. She often helps Bob and National wrangle stray livestock.

The Champion family caught a 1,000 pound Watusi cow on a populated highway.

Cody, from the Champion family crew, takes a breather after successfully corralling a bull.