Arvada, CO -
Members of Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) gathered in Denver this week for the organization’s Mid-Winter Conference. This annual event ties together important pillars of the organization – policy development and political action. Over three hundred members from across the state came together to determine the association’s positions on important legislative and regulatory issues, providing direction for CCA staff and lobbyist.
The 2015 Conference centered around committee meetings that helped to establish the organization’s policies and stance on a wide range of legislative and regulatory topics that will be impacting the beef industry in Colorado. Topics ranged from the Colorado Water Plan and Brown’s Canyon Wilderness, to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and private property rights. “These meetings are important,” stated Frank Daley, President of Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. “This is the time when members have a chance to gather facts and engage in the policy development process that drives our organization.”
Members also ventured to the Capitol to meet with legislators and discuss their legislative concerns, while stressing the important role the beef industry plays in Colorado’s economy. This fact was reiterated by the legislative lunch’s guest speaker, President of Colorado State University, Dr. Tony Frank, Ph.D..
After lunch, the delegation adjourned to the Old Supreme Court chamber for an issues briefing and forum entitled “The Evolution of Engagement”, featuring Stan Dempsey, President of the Colorado Petroleum Association. The forum addressed the changes in public perception, political process and generational attitudes related to public policy.
CCA Foundation Banquet
On Tuesday evening, January 20th, during the Colorado Cattlemen’s Foundation Banquet, the following people were honored:
CattleWoman of the Year
Teresa Burns of Hotchkiss was named 2014 Colorado CattleWoman of the Year by the Colorado CattleWomen.
Teresa is a 25-year member of the Black Mesa CattleWomen, and is currently the President of that organization. She is also involved with the Western Slope CattleWomen Council, Colorado CattleWomen and American National CattleWomen. Teresa is a strong supporter of the beef industry and retired ag teacher/ FFA advisor. She has helped with many classroom demonstrations, the 5K Run for Beef before the Delta County Fair, June Classic show in Delta, Ag Literacy Program, and numerous other community events. Teresa and her husband, Kenney, raise crossbred cattle and club calves.
Colorado Cattlemen's Association Awards
Deputy Gary Schwartz from Briggsdale, Colorado was recognized as this year’s recipient of the Law Officer of the Year award. As an animal control officer in Weld County, Deputy Schwartz has dedicated the past 19 years demonstrating his exceptional professionalism, compassion, and sense of justice to the citizens of Weld County, as well as their animals.
Mike Walck of Rifle, Colorado was honored as the 2014 Brand Inspector of the Year. Mike has brought his positive “can do” attitude to everything he does. He is widely known for his willingness to lend a helping hand to any person or any animal in need. After 29 years as a brand inspector, Mike has set a standard of excellence to which younger inspectors can aspire.
The 2014 Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year award went to John and Elizabeth Woodward who own and manage Woodward Hi Altitude Cattle in Bailey, Colorado. John took over the family ranch in 1979 after receiving a degree in Animal Science from CSU. John started in the cattle business by buying bred cows, mostly Herefords, and breeding those to Angus bulls.
Raising cattle at an elevation of 8,500 feet posed a large problem and John quickly realized that selecting bulls with a low PAP score was a necessity. In 2002 came the realization that purchasing low PAP scoring bulls was not enough, and they decided to begin PAP scoring their replacement heifers, as well. Today, every cow in the herd has her own PAP score.
The Diamond Peak Cattle Company and the Raftopoulos family were named Outstanding Seedstock Producer of the Year. Diamond Peak Cattle Company uses artificial insemination to breed nearly 2,600 head of cattle every year. Of these 2,600, they initially cull 50% of those cattle and then from those cattle, they market between 450 and 500 head of bulls at two production sales; one in Loma, CO and one in Riverton, WY.
Considering the amount of cattle that are being dealt with, the record-keeping system implemented by Diamond Peak Cattle Company is impeccable. All sire and dam data are collected on each animal, and those cattle that are culled from the replacement program are retained in ownership. They then track all of the carcass data and use that information for future replacement prospects. Also, as most bulls are sold in western mountain states, PAP scores are collected. The Raftopoulos family also stands behind the bulls they sell and replaces any bulls that are inadequate in PAP or phenotypic traits.
CCA Affiliate Rate-of-Growth Contest
Northeast Colorado Cattlemen’s Association achieved the highest rate of growth this year. Their tremendous recruitment efforts earned them a $5000 certificate which may be used toward the purchase of a piece of equipment (turret, alleyway, chute, etc.) produced by Moly Manufacturing. This generous prize was donated by Gene Dubas with Dubas Cattle Company in Fullerton, Nebraska.
CCA Membership Recruiter Awards
Top honors of membership recruitment went to Reggy Lusk of Springfield, who earned a working chute donated by Priefert. The second place winner was David Mendenhall of Rocky Ford. David received a $500 gift card to Cabela’s. In third place, also from Rocky Ford, was Bill Hancock who earned a $200 gift certificate from Corral Western Wear.
Endowment Trust Memorial
The family of W.C. “Bill” Canterbury was honored during the 2015 Mid-Winter Conference. A member of CCA for 65 years, W.C. Canterbury passed away in 2014. He was part of a strong ranching family in Howard, Colorado and left behind a proud heritage of community involvement and commitment to the beef industry in this state.
Public Service Awards
Two awards in this category were presented for 2014. Both individuals are employed by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and played an instrumental role in the development of the Colorado Habitat Exchange.
Land Owner of the Year Award
The Parks and Wildlife division of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources presented its Land Owner of the Year Award to Gunnison County Stockgrowers for their work and cooperation relations to the Gunnison Grouse. Accepting on behalf of the Gunnison County Stockgrowers was Burt Guerrieri.
Wildlife Conservation Leader Award
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife presented CCA Executive Vice President, Terry Fankhauser with a Wildlife Conservation Leader Award for his exemplary leadership in wildlife conservation efforts in the agriculture and wildlife communities.