Don't miss our exciting Annual Banquet, Saturday June 7th, at Feed and More Feed Store, near Trinidad (43510 Hwy 160). We will present the Cattleman of the Year Award and host guest Pamela Rose, Consul and Trade Commissioner for Agriculture at the Canadian Consulate in Denver. Click here to down load the flyer.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact any of the following:
Denise Tortorice: 719-250-8794
Dean Oatman: 719-680-0705
Randy Howell: 719-846-4209
R.C. Patterson: 719-643-5275
Bob Patterson: 719-643-5259
Larry Gilstrap: 719-946-5652
|Logan Patterson – 2012 Jim and Mima Cummings Scholarship Recipient|
|Tai Ann Nittler – 2013 Jim and Mima Cummings Scholarship Recipient, presented by Vonnie Cummings|
|Carlos Sandoval – 2013 Cattleman of the Year, presented by Denise Tortorice, President|
|2013/2014 LACLA Officers – RC Patterson – VP, Dean Oatman - Immediate Past Pres., Denise Tortorice – President, Bob Patterson – Treasure, Larry Gilstrap – Secretary and Steve Wooten NE Quarter Representative|
|Shaelyn Walton from the Crossed Arrows 4-H club as the winner of the logo contest.|
|2013 Banquet Speaker||2013 LACLA Flyer|
(names left to right)
RC PattersonVice President of LACLA
2011 LAS ANIMAS COUNTY LIVESTOCK ASSN.
John and Carolyn returned to the ranch after they graduated from Sul Ross University, in Alpine, Texas, and began to apply the principles of crossbreeding to the Hereford herd. They implemented a more seasonal use of the existing pastures rather than a year round grazing pattern.
John and Carolyn have one son. Joe and his wife Lisa are the parents to two sons: Sean and Matt, who are the fifth generation to live on and work the ranch.
Their cow herd is rotationally grazed across the pastures with over 2/3 of the ranch being rested at any given time. Pastures have monitoring transects installed that allow for the measure of forage production, which forages are being selected for grazing and trends in the makeup of the forage composition. Water sources have also been tested for quality and impact on supplementation.
John began selecting performance tested Red Angus bulls based on a variety of factors. Foremost is multiple generation of calving ease in the pedigree of the bull. The bulls are purchased at yearling or 18 months of age and introduced to the herd with the yearling replacement heifers. Bulls are purchased from premier seed stock sources that also have the philosophy of growing and maintaining the cattle on native forages rather than having them heavily supplemented or on full feed programs. The marketed steer calves qualify for the Red Angus Certified Calf Program. Mesa De Maya steers have won the Red Angus Grid Master Award of Excellence.
Leadership In Conservation
Over the past 50 years John and Carolyn have established an unquestionable reputation of leadership in their community and industry. John served on the Branson/ Trinchera Soil Conservation District, one term on the Kim School Board, still serves on the Vocational Agriculture/ FFA Advisory Council of Kim School. They have shown the ability to facilitate the collaborative work of once opposing groups such as The Nature Conservancy and Ranchers in the Chaquaco Canyon Tamarisk Project.
In June 2009 the Doherty’s received the Leopold Conservation Award for their lifetime achievement of conservation and stewardship on their ranch and in the community. This award in Colorado is sponsored by The Sand County Foundation, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agriculture Land Trust, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
In February 2010, they where awarded the region 5 winners of the Environmental Stewardship Award. This award is sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Foundation, DOW AgroSciences, LLC and NRCS of the USDA.
Cattle, Wildlife and Recreation, Income from the Land
The careful management of their ranches allows the cattle to be the primary source of income on Mesa De Maya Ranch. They have chosen to add hunting as an additional enterprise. They offer hunting for antelope, mule deer, white tail deer, elk and big horn sheep. They participate with neighbor ranches in ranching vacation packages and offer watchable wildlife opportunities through the Colorado Division of Wildlife Birding Trail Program.
Partnerships of Mesa De Maya Ranch
John served for forty years on the board of the Branson/Trinchera Soil Conservation District. They have partnered with the following organizations to improve and maintain the environmental quality of their ranch.
USDA-NRCS, Branson/Trinchera Soil Conservation District
Southeast Colorado Biological Inventory: The Doherty’s participated in this unprecedented study of over 1.5 million acres of private property in 2007 and 2009. The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) of Colorado State University conducted the two years of inventory. They also provided housing and transportation for the scientists at no charge. The only occurrence of nesting peregrine falcons in the entire study area was on their property.
Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW): members of the Birding Trails Program that provides access to private property for the purpose of watchable wildlife especially the birds.
The Nature Conservancy, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado State Forestry, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Branson/Trinchera Soil Conservation District, USDA/NRCS: John spearheaded the committee that undertook this project to treat encroaching Tamarisk in the entire Chaquaco Canyon Structure. These organizations provided technical assistance, funding, mapping, monitoring and training. The work began in 2008. This project is a pilot study that provides land managers with valuable information about treating Tamarisk in larger watersheds such as the Purgatoire and Arkansas Rivers here in Colorado. Again the Doherty’s not only provided leadership but also funds, labor, housing and transportation.
|2011 Banquet Speaker|