Celebrating the 52nd Annual year of raising Texas Longhorn cattle at Dickinson Cattle Co was a joyous event with the annual Customer Appreciation Day, near Barnesville, Ohio. The goal is great friends, a beautiful time of year at the ranch, demonstrations of procedures used at DCC, wonderful and sometimes wild and crazy great food, the Satellite Horn Showcase measuring, photos of everything, celebrity Longhorn lovers from all over, pasture bus tours, kids roping, hog tying, and the star of the event is the great Texas Longhorn breed.
Now it is sad that you went to a half-price-off flee market, or a raw sushi eating contest, or a fund raiser for unbattered husbands, an Elizabeth Warren cattleman's election seminar, or just forgot. It was your loss. To help you feel really depressed for missing here are some photos of the day.
All day the LONGHORNS HEAD TO TAIL STORE was full of beef eaters/buyers.
Days in advance food was prepared. Kirk's famous Ohio boneless fillet of swinging steaks were sliced and getting ready for the serious connoisseurs of great ranch food.
The Dickinson family and cast members were all in place and performed with a smile.
No steer was left behind. This got a little Western but no injuries.
Famous WWVA talk show host Bloomdaddy with friend "Dre" ate his full share of Longhorn beef, and poses with the world's gentlest steer.
Linda Dickinson #1 kept the tom cat off the food table and many other more important jobs.
Kirk just kept cooking "swingers" until everyone enjoyed this rare delicacy.
Jeff Morris helps Ed Callan as he explains the TLBAA official horn measurements to be used today.
Part of a 10 ring ranch-circus is plenty of cattle to view, not just any cattle. Shot Of
Jangle on the left sports over 108" tip to tip.
Doug Burris of DCC demonstrates the first day process of hog-tying, ear tagging, weighing, photographing, and bloodless castration of new born calves.
Ranch pasture trained buses rolled with full loads of guests, touring pastures, learning about high omega-3 beef and great Texas Longhorn cattle.
Robert Hanshaw helps Ed Callan hold the line measuring Point Mark, soon to be another Gold Star bull. (Over 80" T2T at under 30 months)
Ranch owner Dela Lenz on the fence with camera recording Point Mark's progress.
Debbie Barkley photo.
Joel Dickinson demonstrates how to locate a stomach magnet with a compass.
Highlight of the day was Silent Iron, age 6, measuring 102-15/16" tip to tip. Judge Callan was encouraged to "fudge" just a little to squeeze 103", but he was "crusty-serious" refusing.
During the day there were no donation lots with funds going to unheard-of charities, no begging for sponsorships, no tail-twisting to donation rifles or buckles. Everything was done for the entertainment, education and business improvement of DCC clients. Semen was priced up to 70% off for one day and a few cattle half price. A refreshing different angle.
At DCC it was an honor to have guests from California, Colorado, and 8 other states. Thanks to all who invested their day at the ranch. DD