Ohio bulls win Longhorn championship
The world’s largest horned cattle gathered Sept. 19 to 21, at the Cox Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla., for a serious competitive championship—over 400 of them.
Joel and Chad Dickinson, representing Dickinson Cattle Co, LLC., of Barnesville, Ohio, won seven World Champion awards and three gold buckles for Futurity and judged Champions. The International Championship and TLMA Longhorn World Championships were held at the Cox Center in downtown Oklahoma City on Sept. 19 to 21.
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 an original 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. This year a Texas Longhorn Futurity judged by five qualified producers added a new touch with over 70 entries.
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 but it was not so this time. The young bull “Clear Win” was the World Champion Tip To Tip with 83 5/8” for Div. IV - A. He is a product of Dickinson Cattle Co, LLC of Barnesville, Ohio. While in the specially designed side squeeze chute his base circumference was measured at 19 7/8” and his complete horn (calculated with all four measurements) earned another World Champion bronze, a record for age, a whopping 216 1/8.”
Clear Win is 52 months old. He has been used as a natural service sire by DCCI for three full breeding seasons and is expected to have over 90 calves born on the Belmont County Ohio ranch in 2014.
Drag Iron, the senior DCCI sire to Clear Win, won all three World Expo divisions in his older category. He measured 83 3/8” tip to tip and 218 5/16” composite horn. The DCCI junior sire “Annex” won the judged ITLA Futurity Class #12. The Non Halter Jr Cow Champion was DCCI’s “Toss The Jam.”