photoCattle shows are a place to make friends, exhibit cattle with the joy of personal ownership, and of course deal with other animals --- kids.  Everyone wants to win the trophy buckles and carry away the  loot.  It is the crowning achievement of a breeding program to win the Grand Championship. However around every show are kids of all sizes.  They show up timid, with clean clothes, reserved and "possibly" under control of their parents.  However over the few hours of a show things change.  The bashfulness goes away and kid-friends of all colors, sizes and nutritions start to roll in the show-dirt, spill food on themselves, run, scream, cry, laugh and even perhaps watch the show.  Some seriously participate in the Pee-Wee competition section.  While parents are engrossed in the competition, most kids couldn't care less. Eating dirt is not beyond their appetites. Some get spankings, and some don't, even if needed. 
Something about kids, the way they are designed, attaches their voice octaves to their feet.  The faster they run the louder their screams.  Hauling kids around either requires the skills of near deaf grandparents, or partially numb actual parents. The noise never stops.
photoAt Dickinson Cattle Co. LLC, kids are everywhere.  Kids, kid's friends, and also normal people intermix with the appearance of real life. The ranch participates in some Texas Longhorn shows during the year, especially around the North East, and the Mid West, with an occasional jaunt to Texas for the big ITLA Championship at Glen Rose. Then there is the task of hauling kids.  They eat, they spill, they have personal problems. Their friends come along, and eat, spill....
After several shows, this always works.  Attach enough hammocks for each kid, allow for food, have them in a place that can be washed down with a hose. Provide drinks, plenty of drinks.  Place kids in cattle trailer (separate compartment from cattle to respect the privacy of the cattle) and lock door.  Open door at the show -- after all cattle are unloaded!  This is not recommended for everyone.  It works at DCCI.  You can't hear the screams from the vehicle, and it allows the person behind the wheel to drive safer without kids crawling all over the driver.  This has worked really well.  All kids remain in the compartment until released.  If they get sleepy -- the hammock is available.
Enjoy your next Longhorn show.  Our family is driving to the Ohio River Valley Texas Longhorn show at this writing. All is well. 
Darol Dickinson

Registered Texas Longhorns since 1967

DCCI~~~ Purveyor of “one owner” quality Cattle.


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