Sulphur Springs, TX; International Texas Longhorn Association, (ITLA) President Larry P Smith presented the Pioneer Breeder Award to Joel Dickinson, Barnesville, Ohio. Joel has raised registered Texas longhorns for 40 years, starting at age nine. The annual Pioneer Breeder Award is presented to honor an ITLA member that has, over a period of 15 years or more, demonstrated a strong commitment to the ITLA and exceptional initiative in establishing a Texas Longhorn of superior value genetically, with commercial merit.
ITLA is headquartered at Glen Rose, Texas, registers pure Texas Longhorn cattle, holds educational seminars to strengthen efforts by producers, trains and approves show judges, sponsors shows all over the nation, and works to promote the breed world wide.
Joel Dickinson manages Dickinson Cattle Co in Belmont County Ohio running up to 1300 cattle on just under 5000 acres. He manages scientific efforts to improve the breed with progressive matings by AI, embryo transfer and careful banding of select genetics. In recent years forward progress has been made developing genes with high Omega-3 for cutting edge human health benefits.
Dickinson Cattle Co provides public educational pasture tours in trained buses with 75 minute dialog by DCC staff. High Omega-3 Texas Longhorn beef is sold at the Longhorns Head to Tail Store.