DCC Chronicler

Bradley Troy, retired FAA Air Traffic Controller, and current resident of Longhorn Hideaway is officially the featured "Chronicler" of the ranch. Brad, his wife Denise and son Jason purchased a section of Dickinson Cattle Co Inc (DCCI) and built a unique stone and log home on one of the high hills. Brad is a licensed private jet pilot, 911 dispatcher, Jamboree In The Hills Production Security specialist and now an even higher distinction-----Chronicler!

Since Brad started his home construction he has been in the middle of every DCCI ranch job, cattle work, fence stretching, new born calf tagging, feeding during blizzards, up before dawn on frosty mornings and an observer, with camera in hand, of everything. As a result, his graphics captured with a keen professional eye, document a life style and ranching business that may just dwindle away.

The 2007 USDA census records more than 1300 ranches or livestock producers are going out of business per month. Due to increasing government enforcements, potential new taxes, and subdivision of famous ranches, they are riding into the sunset. Each time government employees and salaries increase it becomes harder to employ qualified cowboys.

The census records the largest growth area among livestock producers is owners of 10 livestock or less. The day of glamorous large ranches was in the past.

Famous historic chroniclers of film, photos, art and songs include Will James, Zane Gray, Gene Autry, Ancel Adams, Frederick Remington, and Charlie Russell. These dedicated ones recorded events, words and images of their day. When they preserved details of things they saw and lived, it was not history, it was current events. In this same way, today, Brad is documenting things that will soon end as current, and live to become history. Daily life and tasks at DCCI are now just normal stuff, but things and stuff change.

You are invited to be a guest of DCCI, ride the pastures, draw a fresh breath of Ohio air the morning after a slow night's rain, and perceive; this will also be history and you were here when it was just ordinary ranch life.

To view seasons, DCCI events and happenings, keep checking the site. It is a living work that will be increased daily as Bradley traps snapshots you won't ever find in downtown New York City, and someday won't find in any rural areas of the USA. Enjoy while you can.

*Permission to reproduce with photo credit to Bradley Troy, courtesy of Dickinson Cattle Co LLC.

Brad feeding Over Kill

Brad feeding Over Kill

Brad feeding Over Kill

RFD-TV

RFD-TV

RFD-TV

RFD-TV documentary up close and personal.

RFD-TV documentary up close and personal.

Jester

Jester - International Champion

Jester - International Champion

RFD-TV

The RFD-TV strategy

The RFD-TV strategy

Ohio News Network

Ohio News Network doing their promote Ohio thing.

Ohio News Network doing their promote Ohio thing.

Longhorn Calf

Pretty Colored Baby Longhorn Calf from frozen embryo by Super Bowl - born in Denmark

Pretty Colored Baby Longhorn Calf from frozen embryo by Super Bowl - born in Denmark

Oops!

When Brad came tumbling down

When Brad came tumbling down

Carroll and Paula Shores

Carroll and Paula Shores, historic owners of the famous bull "King" officiate the Dickinson Cattle Co Inc, Independence Day Pigs Roast. Smoke, garlic, Texas pig sauces, a full night of cherry wood cooking, fresh Ohio fruit, roast corn, baked beans, jalapeño slaw sauce, ranch potato salad, etc.

Carroll and Paula Shores, historic owners of the famous bull "King" officiate the Dickinson Cattle Co Inc, Independence Day Pigs Roast. Smoke, garlic, Texas pig sauces, a full night of cherry wood cooking, fresh Ohio fruit, roast corn, baked beans, jalapeño slaw sauce, ranch potato salad, etc.

Guests

Duttons, Ratizacs, and the Troys at Dickinson Cattle Co.

Duttons, Ratizacs, and the Troys at Dickinson Cattle Co.

Foggy

Foggy Morning on the ranch

Foggy Morning on the Ranch

Foggy

Foggy Morning on the ranch

Foggy Morning on the ranch

Foggy

Foggy Morning on the ranch

Foggy Morning on the ranch

Foggy

Foggy Morning on the ranch

Foggy Morning on the ranch

Foggy

Foggy Morning on the ranch

Foggy Morning on the ranch

Sunrise

Sunrise through the Timothy grass on the ranch

Sunrise through the Timothy grass on the ranch

Sunrise

Brad's sunrise photo through the grass

Brad's sunrise photo through the grass

Curious heifers

Curious heifers

Curious heifers

Dog and Kids

From left to right - Ben, Bry, and Kara Dickinson

From left to right - Ben, Bry, and Kara Dickinson

Kara

Kara isn't happy

Kara isn't happy

Bry

Bry Dickinson trying to pet calf.

Bry Dickinson trying to pet calf.

Joel.

Under the dust and dirt is Joel. Some of the ranch is like the Amazon, but can be cleaned and become wonderful pasture land. Opossum, rabbits, coons, turkey, deer and Longhorns enjoy it.

Under the dust and dirt is Joel. Some of the ranch is like the Amazon, but can be cleaned and become wonderful pasture land. Opossum, rabbits, coons, turkey, deer and Longhorns enjoy it.

Tempter

Tempter - Tired and used with Joel Dickinson

Tempter - Tired and used with Joel Dickinson

Every fragile life.

Every fragile life is important and must be saved.

Every fragile life is important and must be saved.

Stuck

At Dickinson Cattle Co. Inc in the Appalachian hills of Ohio calving season is a fun time. New calves are born every day. 

At Dickinson Cattle Co. Inc in the Appalachian hills of Ohio calving season is a fun time. New calves are born every day. The DCCI cattle take care of themselves and spend their life outside in the snow, mud and good times of green lush grass. With Texas Longhorn cattle only one birth in over 1300 are assisted so calving season is not a burden like many other breeds. The one thing that causes losses is water. With over 100 running springs on the ranch there are lakes, small ponds and pockets of water in every pasture. It is great for livestock drinking water, but sometimes death for a new born staggering infant calf. This was such an account. The new arrival had been struggling in a fresh water spring to get up to her mother and was completely exausted.

Mother

Although the mother was not far away, the straight up closest route was near impossible. Just as the calf was getting extremely weakened, a really wonderful thing happened just in time.

Although the mother was not far away, the straight up closest route was near impossible. Just as the calf was getting extremely weakened, a really wonderful thing happened just in time.

Brad

Brad (Airline Controller) and Denise Troy (CPA) are new residence at the ranch private DCCI housing development, Longhorn Hideaway. As volunteer pasture "checkers" they road up on their trusty Quarter Horse, sired by Polaris, just in the nick of time. The fledgling new born was assisted up to her impatient mother for a prompt milk snack.

Brad (Airline Controller) and Denise Troy (CPA) are new residence at the ranch private DCCI housing development, Longhorn Hideaway. As volunteer pasture "checkers" they road up on their trusty Quarter Horse, sired by Polaris, just in the nick of time. The fledgling new born was assisted up to her impatient mother for a prompt milk snack.

Super Point

The following day all was well. The 3 year old cow Super Point by famous Super Bowl (only TL bull to sire 7 over 70" sons) was doing what a good mother does~~~~loving her new baby. The heifer is a Shy Streaker daughter.

The following day all was well. The 3 year old cow Super Point by famous Super Bowl (only TL bull to sire 7 over 70" sons) was doing what a good mother does~~~~loving her new baby. The heifer is a Shy Streaker daughter.

Kara

Kara AI - "AI takes two educated hands. Two extra little hands helps."

Kara AI - "AI takes two educated hands. Two extra little hands helps."

Jake

Jake Levi - Zero below

Jake Levi - Zero below

Morels

DCCI is a haven for delicious huge Morel mushrooms

DCCI is a haven for delicious huge Morel mushrooms

Calves

Follow along the dusty trail of a modern day Texas Longhorn trail drive. Here at Dickinson Cattle Co. Inc, Barnesville, Ohio USA the calves are being born at 8 to 20 per day. For good management, every 3 to 5 days all the calves of that age group are moved with their mothers to a separate pasture. It is easier to check pastures if management groups are separated by pairs, springers and dries. By the end of calving season the DCCI pastures will have sorted 40 to 50 pair in 10 to 14 pastures.

Follow along the dusty trail of a modern day Texas Longhorn trail drive. Here at Dickinson Cattle Co. Inc, Barnesville, Ohio USA the calves are being born at 8 to 20 per day. For good management, every 3 to 5 days all the calves of that age group are moved with their mothers to a separate pasture. It is easier to check pastures if management groups are separated by pairs, springers and dries. By the end of calving season the DCCI pastures will have sorted 40 to 50 pair in 10 to 14 pastures.

Calves

On April 7 twenty calves were born. On April 8 the new pairs were driven 3 miles to a new pasture. About half way, the day old calves just got tuckered out and started dragging toward the rear. As they demanded to "sleep-it-off" in the middle of a public road, the DCCI men loaded them into the old ranch truck. Scott became the official baby sitter.

On April 7 twenty calves were born. On April 8 the new pairs were driven 3 miles to a new pasture. About half way, the day old calves just got tuckered out and started dragging toward the rear. As they demanded to "sleep-it-off" in the middle of a public road, the DCCI men loaded them into the old ranch truck. Scott became the official baby sitter.

Calves

Each calf has an ear tag with the initials of the sire and name of the dam. All DCCI calves are weighed, receive a selenium shot and tagged promptly after birth. Little lives are very important at DCCI. Some will grow to be great impressive specimens. Every precaution is taken for their health and safety.

Each calf has an ear tag with the initials of the sire and name of the dam. All DCCI calves are weighed, receive a selenium shot and tagged promptly after birth. Little lives are very important at DCCI. Some will grow to be great impressive specimens. Every precaution is taken for their health and safety.

Calves

These are all Texas Longhorn calves sired by Over Kill, Tempter, Victory Lap, Temptations The Ace, Jamakizm, The Shadow, Super Bowl, and Win Win. They are completely pooped! However, 2 miles is a pretty good stampede for a one day old calf. The 3 and 4 day olds walked the total distance.

These are all Texas Longhorn calves sired by Over Kill, Tempter, Victory Lap, Temptations The Ace, Jamakizm, The Shadow, Super Bowl, and Win Win. They are completely pooped! However, 2 miles is a pretty good stampede for a one day old calf. The 3 and 4 day olds walked the total distance.

Calves

Each calf is unloaded to be optimistically received by the expectant mother at the end of the trail. For those of us north of the fortieth parallel in Ohio, the new grass is just starting. (Ten days ago we had 9 inches of snow.)

Each calf is unloaded to be optimistically received by the expectant mother at the end of the trail. For those of us north of the fortieth parallel in Ohio, the new grass is just starting. (Ten days ago we had 9 inches of snow.)

Each calf

Each calf is unloaded to be optimistically received by the expectant mother at the end of the trail. For those of us north of the fortieth parallel in Ohio, the new grass is just starting. (Ten days ago we had 9 inches of snow.)

Each calf is unloaded to be optimistically received by the expectant mother at the end of the trail. For those of us north of the fortieth parallel in Ohio, the new grass is just starting. (Ten days ago we had 9 inches of snow.)

New mothers

New mothers are now comforted and happy. The calves quickly grabbed an aggressive shot of milk, lay down in the new grass and zonk out. (Note: Don't look at the old truck door--the handle hasn't worked for months, but it opens and closes fine with a bungee cord. That is one way you can tell DCCI is not operated by the US government.)

New mothers are now comforted and happy. The calves quickly grabbed an aggressive shot of milk, lay down in the new grass and zonk out. (Note: Don't look at the old truck door--the handle hasn't worked for months, but it opens and closes fine with a bungee cord. That is one way you can tell DCCI is not operated by the US government.)

Cows mother-up

Cows mother-up and the calves feel like new in an hour or so. (Youth is wonderful.) All is well that ends well.

Cows mother-up and the calves feel like new in an hour or so. (Youth is wonderful.) All is well that ends well.

Post-natal

Post-natal care

Post-natal care

First hour

First hour of birth; thorns, thistles, clover and lush timothy grass. All of life will be about telling the difference.

First hour of birth; thorns, thistles, clover and lush timothy grass. All of life will be about telling the difference.

Kara

Kara Dickinson In the trees

Kara Dickinson In the trees

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

Wild Flowers

DCC Wild Flowers

DCC Wild Flowers

Daylilies

Ohio Ditch Daylilies

Ohio Ditch Daylilies

DCCI Wild Flowers

DCCI Wild Flowers

DCCI Wild Flowers