La Plata–Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association

Association History

The La Plata Cattlemen's organized, elected officers, and drew up by-laws in 1950.  The organization has been a strong voice in La Plata County since then.   
The Archuleta County Cattlemen merged with our organization in the late 1990.

At the time, the ranchers started our organization, the concern was livestock theft.  Since that time we have evolved into an organization that helps to protect property rights and protect the interests of our members through representation at the state capitol.  With affiliation with the state association, we are well represented.  We were instrumental in obtaining an agricultural tax exemption on farm equipment and supplies in our county and then later the state followed suit.  
The La Plata - Archuleta Cattlemen's Association strives to keep their members informed and to represent their interests at the state and national level.


The La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen's Association meets on the fourth Monday of each month, except for November and December. The Association meets at the Extension Building at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds, unless a specific area within the organization requests the meeting be held at a different location. 

2011 Annual Banquet a Success

The Annual Banquet held by the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association was a success! There were 480 Cattlemen and guests in attendance. After, designated master of ceremony, Marvin Conrad, came down with the stomach flu, Megan Semler, a scholarship recipient, of the organization stepped in. Megan proved to be very talented MC and the fresh approach to the program was refreshing. Zack Riley and Larissa LaShell, also scholarship recipients, helped out with the technology and door prizes as-well-as presenting the CowBelles auction quilt during the auction. Sue Hess, last year’s Colorado CattleWoman of the Year, was high bidder for the quilt.

Dr. Temple Grandin, professor at Colorado State University, and internationally know for her design of livestock handling facilities was keynote speaker. Dr. Grandin has authored books on livestock handling and autism and was featured in a movie of her life, which has won many awards. Needless to say, you could have heard a pin drop during her presentation and afterward receiving a standing ovation.

Robbie LeValley, Colorado Cattlemen’s President spoke and CCA Directors, Tim Lehman, Roy Oliver and Southwest Livestock’s Association President, Drew Gordanier, were in attendance. State and local government were well represented with both Senator Ellen Roberts and Representative J Paul Brown attending. Local representatives of the offices of Bennett and Udal were available. La Plata County Commissioner Kellie Hotter and former State Senator, Jim Isgar, rounded out the slate of dignitaries.

The event was held at the Sky Ute Event Center in Ignacio. A chef carved prime rib dinner buffet was served. Dancing to a popular western band, the High Rollers kept things going until late into the night.

Ned and Barbara Jefferies received the “Cattlemen of the Year” award presented by the local Association. The Jefferies and their descendents date back to 1877 when water rights were filed for on the Pine River homestead and have continued to support agriculture and the beef industry. Both Ned and Barbara have been involved in the local and state Cattlemen’s Associations. Both have served as president of the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association.


CCA Standing Committee Members

Animal Health/Welfare:  Wayne Buck 
Brand and Theft: Barbara Jefferies 
BLM/USFS: Brice Lee 
Public Relations: Marvin Conrad 
Membership: Barbara Jefferies 
Private Property Rights: Ned Jefferies 
Tax and Credit: Tom Compton 
Water: Brice Lee

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