CLEAR WIN—Clear Win just won World Champion at the largest horn measuring contest of its kind with an 81.25" tip to tip and a 19 13/16" circumference. Texas Longhorn cattle are judged on beef conformation, traditional longevity traits and horn spread. Clear Win is owned by Dickinson Cattle Co Inc., of Barnesville, Ohio. (Courtesy photo.)
The world's largest horned cattle were gathered Oct. 26 and 27, at the Cox Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla., for a serious horn measuring championship--over 400 of them.
The Texas Longhorn Marketing Alliance and International Texas Longhorn Association joined forces to stage a five-ring circus style event like no other in Texas Longhorn history. TLMA measures horns for four different divisions and awards a huge bronze to the best of the best. ITLA has a more traditional show event. In the next arena over halter cattle, both youth and adult, are shown and judged on breed quality and beef conformation. A non-halter event, unique to Texas Longhorns, is judged with mature cattle moseying around the arena.
The TLMA World Championship is a horn measuring event with careful detail to tip to tip measurement, total horn, which measures around the curl, and horn base circumference. Measurements are calculated to 1/16th of an inch by a team of skilled, experienced horn masters. This event has built momentum for many years and has great influence on Texas Longhorn market popularity. In recent years Texas Longhorn cattle have sold for amounts above $100,000, and most were sporting very wide spreads. An eye on longevity anatomy increases the appeal.
Normally cattle of this breed with a Texas origin, are assumed to grab the spotlight--not so this time. The young bull "Clear Win" was the World Champion Tip To Tip with 81.25" for Div. III - A. He is a product of Dickinson Cattle Co Inc of Barnesville, Ohio. While in the especially designed side squeeze chute his base circumference was measured at 19 13/16" and his complete horn (calculated with all four measurements) earned another World Champion bronze, a record for age, a whopping 209 7/16".
Clear Win is 41 months old. He has been used as a natural service sire by DCCI for two full breeding seasons and is expected to have over 90 calves born on the Belmont County Ohio ranch in 2013.
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