Cattle and Beef Facts

The Cattle Industry, Who We Are: This fact sheet is a quick reference for the statistics and lifestyle associated with raising beef.

Explore Beef

Ranching  - To everything there is a season - Colorado Reader for students 


Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments for the Rocky Mountain Region, Including the Greater Sage-Grouse Sub-Regions 

Northwest ColoradoGreater Sage-Grouse Approved Resource Management Plan AmendmentFrom the Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments for the Rocky Mountain Region including the Greater Sage-Grouse Sub-Regions of: Lewistown, North Dakota, Northwest Colorado, and Wyoming and the Approved Resource Management Plans for: Billings, Buffalo, Cody, HiLine, Miles City, Pompeys Pillar National Monument, South Dakota, and Worland.

Finding Common Ground on Water: Partners for Western Conservation, with its sister organization the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, convened a results-based facilitation process between Colorado’s environmental community and its agriculture community.  The resulting white papers from this project can be found on the PWC website.

Air Pollution Overview: An overview of air pollution and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Reintroduction of Black-Footed Ferrets: CCA supports the legislation of reintroduction as it is time for agriculture landowners to lead when it comes to conservation and recovery of species and habitats. CCA member policy and subsequent actions around the Endangered Species Act focus on creating flexibly-implemented conservation measures that provide landowners with meaningful assurances and incentives when addressing species of concern.

United States Forest Service National Environmental Policy Act Process Fact Sheet: NEPA requires federal agencies to consider environmental effects of proposed actions and includes impacts on social, cultural, economic resources and natural resources, among others.

Water Quality Guide: The Colorado State University Extension has created a Water Quality Guide that addresses many important questions about water rights and water use for landowners and for those thinking of purchasing land. Crop water needs and irrigation scheduling are discussed, and examples are provided to help the user with common calculations necessary for irrigation scheduling and ordering the necessary amount of water to meet crop needs.

CCA Wolf Recovery position: Colorado Cattlemen’s Associations viewpoint on wolf recovery in the Southern Rocky Mountain ecosystem.

The Beef Checkoff 

Return on Investment: In fiscal year 2014, the Cattlemen's Beef Board commissioned an economic study to measure the return on beef producers' and importers' investments into the national Beef Checkoff Program. "An Economic Analysis of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board Demand-Enhancing Programs" is the resulting study from Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University. 

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service Audit: Annual independent and USDA audits verify that NO checkoff dollars are used for policy work by any contractors, including NCBA, also validating that the Beef Checkoff is not only functioning according to the law, but is worthy of the investment.

Beef Board Annual Report

Flow of Checkoff Dollars: See a chart of how Checkoff dollars are collected and utilized.

Colorado Agriculture

Colorado Agricultural Statistics: The USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service provides facts and profiles highlighting some of the significant facts about Colorado's agricultural industry, including specific reports about cattle and calves, corn, and wheat.

Learn About Colorado Agriculture

The Colorado State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit /Colorado Commercial Vehicle Operations For Farmers and Ranchers:  An informational guide designed to assist farming and ranching communities with understanding some of the state laws and federal regulations related to commercial vehicle operations for farmers and ranchers.

Colorado Ag Water Alliance – Water Principles:  Colorado’s Strategic Water Supply Initiative (SWSI) report executive summary.

Colorado Fence Law:  Colorado, like many other western states, is a “fence out” state. Our fence law consists of a series of statutes that were passed since the late nineteenth century. Colorado’s fence law has served our state in a reasonable manner for more than 100 years. The licked document is an overview of how this law came to pass, some of its most important aspects, and examples of how Colorado courts have interpreted it.

Sales and Use Tax Exemption on Pesticides:   Effective July 1, 1999, purchases of pesticides or other substances registered by the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture as agricultural use pesticides under the Pesticide Act (C.R.S. 39-9-101 et. Seq.) are exempt from state sales and use tax and any special district sales and use tax when purchased from a dealer licensed and registered under section 35-9-115 of the act. [§39-26-716(2)(e), C.R.S.]

Sales and Use Tax Exemption on Agricultural Compounds: Effective July 1, 1999 all sales and purchases of agricultural compounds that are consumed by, administered to, or otherwise used in caring for livestock are exempt from Colorado state sales and use tax, state-collected local sales and use tax, and any special district sales and use tax. This exemption also applies to all sales and purchases of semen for agricultural or ranching purposes. [39-26-716 (2)(d), C.R.S.]

Farm Equipment Exemption: Effective July 1, 1999, and as modified effective July 1, 2000, and again on July 1, 2001 a sales tax exemption is provided for certain qualifying farm, dairy and ranch equipment and shipping aids. [§39-26-716, C.R.S.] This exemption applies to state sales and use tax only.

Agriculture Property Tax Explained:The Colorado Division of Property Taxation has put together a brochure to explain how agriculture properties are valued for property tax purposes.

Beneficial Use of Waste Tires: If you use waste tires for agricultural activities, be aware of the updated requirements and flexibilities in existing statutes and regulations regarding their use. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released a document entitled “Requirements for the Agricultural Beneficial Use of Waste Tires”.

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