Dickinson Cattle Co - 50th Anniversary of Raising Texas Longhorns
DCC Ranch e-News #117, 9-30-2017
The 50th anniversary of purchasing Texas Longhorn cattle and starting a family ranch was celebrated Sept 30. This international endeavor began by the Dickinson family in 1967. It was a humble beginning of 6 cows and a bull hauled from Atascosa County, Texas to Calhan, Colorado. In 1993 a decision to expand the ranch included moving the whole herd, family, equipment, etc., to Barnesville, OH. Today ranchers and friends are gathering at the Appalachian foot hills ranch from 15 states, enjoying good food, some educational presentations, demonstrations and of course privately purchasing some high quality registered cattle.
The corner of Ohio #800 and Muskrat Rd
The Longhorn Store, pavilion, corrals and pastures were the
setting of the 50th Anniversary.
The serving crew included 10 members of the Dickinson family plus
quality employees and volunteers.
James Coffelt of Cadiz, OH spoke on Low Input Cattle Production
for more profit
A delegation from Kansas included ITLA past president Gary Bruch.
The world's most gentle steer posed with guests for personal
photos of every one in attendance.
Some of the world's widest horned Texas Longhorns were gathered at
the Joe measuring chute for the Horn Showcase official horn measuring event. This data of
today's satellite measuring event will be evaluated with other
satellite measurements in the USA, Canada and Europe.
Prime rib (generous cuts) with fresh local horse radish and the
fixings were enjoyed by all.
Darol Dickinson gave information to guests as the Horn Showcase
measuring was carefully done with approved judge Ed Callan.
ITLA current President Mike Tomey with wife Jamie of Bedford, IN,
and past president Gary Bruch and Brenda of Strong City, KS,
signed up new members and played the drum for ITLA.
Dr. Keith Berkeley spoke on "How to get ready for the vet?"
Facilities, chutes, plans.
Between demonstrations, lectures, and great food, the ranch buses
bounced guests through Texas Longhorn, Buelingo and Watusi
pastures viewing hundreds of cattle.
Cattle buyer/rancher Cliff Sanders of North Dakota wants Linda
Dickinson to clarify the number of servings of "Ohio boneless fillet of swinging steak" he can have.
Ranch owners Joel, Dela and Kirk cooked, branded, castrated,
parked cars, but not all in that order.
Each year the Dickinson Cattle Co hosts a Customer Appreciation
day. Today 148 people signed up at the front gate yet up to 200
attended during the afternoon. It was a pleasant Ohio Fall day
with leaves slightly turning beautiful colors. By sundown the
cattle purchases were loaded and off to new ranches. The buses
were resting..... and some fine prime rib was left over, which is
well and good.