Las Animas County Livestock Association



2014 Annual Banquet and Cattleman of the Year Award
June 7 at Feed & More

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.

4:00 PM - Business Meeting  
6:00 PM - BBQ Banquet
8:00 PM - Dance - Blue Canyon Band 
Honorees: Gary Yocam and Max Yocam 
Special Guest:  Pamela Rose, Canadian Consulate in Denver Consul and Trade Commissioner for Agriculture
Ticket Price: $25/Person (Includes Banquet & Dance) – by June 2
$10/Person ( Dance Only) – at the door

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



2013 Annual Meeting

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


2012 Annual Meeting


El Nino, drought, Anthrax, the traceability rule, and current issues facing Colorado ranchers were among the topics presented at the recent Las Animas County Livestock Association annual meeting and banquet held in Trinidad.

Guest speaker Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Climatologist, gave a very interesting talk and slide show focusing on the climate of Las Animas County. He explained how our topography and elevation create different weather patterns than other parts of the state. He presented data and made predictions based on current conditions and historic information that will be very useful for cattlemen this year.

Dr. Ken Newens, Colorado Department of Agriculture, was also a guest speaker at the banquet. He said the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado producers had a busy summer dealing with diseases that affected this state’s animal industry. He told about the recent Anthrax outbreak and showed pictures of how a serious epidemic was avoided. He said that the Anthrax spores live in the soil and climatic conditions such a floods or drought can expose these spores to grazing livestock. He told about other livestock diseases in our area and about the traceability law that will move forward after the election.

Terry Fankhouser, CCA Executive Vice President, brought members up to date on issues facing the cattle industry at the local, state, and national levels. He also reported on the “Building for the Future” project and received a check from Las Animas County Livestock Association.

At the business meeting held earlier, LACLA elected Denise Tortorice, President; R.C. Patterson, Vice-president; Larry Gilstrap, Secretary; Bob Patterson, Treasurer; and Dean Oatman, Past president. Members also decided to have a Spring event and meeting.

Members and guests enjoyed a delicious barbeque buffet, door prizes, and a silent auction. As one member stated, “This drought has been tough. It is time to make some decisions and the information we received here will certainly help with that process.”

 (names left to right)

RC PattersonVice President of LACLA
Denise Tortorice, President LACLA.
David Mendenhall, Immediate Past President of CCA
Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Climatologist
Dr Ken Newens, Colo Dept of Ag, State Vet
Larry Gilstrap, Secretary of LACLA
Terry R. Fankhauser Executive Vice President of CCA
Bob Patterson, Treasure of LACLA and 2nd Vice President of CCA
Dean Oatman, Immediate Past President of LACLA


2011 Annual Meeting


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 LACLA flyer 

 2011 Banquet Speaker


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