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Used courtesy of Dickinson Cattle Co. USA

Used courtesy of Dickinson Cattle Co. USA

Texas Longhorn Judges Use World-Wide Webinar

Lana Hightower was a Judge/Trainer of the ITLA Judges Clinic Webinar from her ranch at Van, Tex.
Lana Hightower was a Judge/Trainer of the ITLA Judges Clinic Webinar from her ranch at Van, Tex.

Glen Rose, Tex., ~~ The International Texas Longhorn Assn (ITLA) of Glen Rose, Texas just completed the 28th Judges Training Clinic with 85 participants, thanks to world wide webinar technology.

ITLA has developed a judging system that is designed to protect the legendary Texas Longhorn cattle breed's unique nature-designed anatomy. For over 500 years this first cattle breed in North America has evolved to have special qualities of longevity, stamina, calving shapes, substance, athletic form and colors as original as a rainbow.

Although most cattle breeds have lost the identity of their colorful individual history, the Texas Longhorn industry is working to preserve special value traits with breeder/trained judges who respect what natural selection has perfected.

Dean Goodner and neighbors, Kuna, ID with the webinar
Dean Goodner and neighbors, Kuna, ID with the webinar

The ITLA has conducted 26 Judges Clinics with over 400 graphic power point illustrations. Aspiring judges have traveled great distances to train under live, all-day clinics. Now, with world wide webinar technology, each judge can take original or refresher training on their own internet.  The February 4 and 11 clinics were the 28th of these detailed training efforts.

Texas Longhorn evaluators participated in five countries for 6 hours with 85 on line for a total webinar broadcast of 33,420 minutes of professional training.

Lynette & James Haltom, London, KY
Lynette & James Haltom, London, KY

Texas Longhorns are judged somewhat like other cattle breeds, yet with more scrutiny concerning bone structure for fertility, longevity and lean beef efficiency, often 100% grass fed. Certain anatomy details are preserved in consideration of unique breed form, value colors, disposition, and ancestral horn development.

Presenter/instructors included Lana Hightower, Van, Tex, Lizz Huntzberry, Smithsburg, Md, ITLA President Larry Lonero, Brenham, Tex, and Darol Dickinson, Barnesville, Ohio. Technical concepts and production coordination was orchestrated by Kirk Dickinson, Barnesville, Ohio.

Jon & Jacob Sylvie do the ITLA webinar, Austin, Texas.
Jon & Jacob Sylvie do the ITLA webinar, Austin, Texas.

Both the Texas Longhorn Breeders Assn of America and the International Texas Longhorn Assn worked together for this joint effort.

President of ITLA Larry Lonero states, "It is imperative that the associations protect the identity of this famous breed and not fall into a common generic mold of bovine "sameness." It is a special breed and the approved show judges system will assure it retains these nature-designed qualities."

The 28th ITLA Judges Clinic was available February 4 and 11 world-wide on high speed internet systems. Training of Texas Longhorn cattle judges was received by 85 potential judges from 5 countries for a total clinic teaching session of 33,430 webinar minutes.

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