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Colorado Cattlemen's Association hosts successful convention


More than 400 members and guests were in attendance at the 142nd Annual Colorado Cattlemen's Convention and Trade Show in Grand Junction, June 14 to 17.

Cattlemen from across the state took time to reflect on the past and plan for the future over the three-day conference. The convention attendees voted on policy resolutions, along with the new 2009-2010 CCA Board of Directors.

Danny Williams, from Williams & Locke, spoke during the Kick-Off Lunch June 15. The entertaining and thought-provoking discussion brought out the challenges and opportunities that the industry faces. Titled, "What's Passed is Past, and the Future Through my Windshield," Williams informed members and guests of upcoming challenges to be faced during the 2010 legislation session.

On June 15, CCA held a Welcome Reception on the trade show floor. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with 40 vendors offering the latest in products, services, and equipment.

June 16, members and guests of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, and the Colorado CattleWomen, Inc., attended the Cattlemen's College sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. Attendees heard from Lt. Col. Sam Barringer, DVM as he discussed "The Support of our Freedom and Our Livelihoods as Beef Producers."

Barringer awed the audience by showing them how important agriculture is to any country. He had everyone's undivided attention as he told stories of reintroducing livestock into Afghanistan and anecdotes that had everyone laughing.

Following the Cattlemen's College members and guests were entertained by Jim Whitt of Whitt Enterprises. Whitt kept the crowd entertained with his presentation of "Riding for the CCA Brand." Whitt's motivational speech had each and every member and guest ready to tackle any issue that may face our industry head on and come out winners.

Other speaker sessions included Forrest Roberts, National Cattlemen's Beef Association CEO and Fred Lombardi, Colorado Beef Council Executive Director.

The evening June 16 found members and guests being entertained by some of CCA's past president's and other prominent figures in the beef industry. Reeves Brown led the story telling sitting alongside Roger Evans, R.C. Buckley, Evan Slack, and Dean Walck. Attendees were able to reminisce along with these cowboys as they told stories of CCA's history.

June 17 opened with the Current Issues Breakfast. Representing CCA affiliates across the state, 24 individuals gave updates from their affiliate organizations. The main topic of most centered on the blessings of green grass and issues surrounding wildlife. Each of the affiliate representatives also shared some of their activities within their local communities. Over the past year, the affiliates have raised thousands of dollars and donated the money in the form of scholarships to students planning to major in agriculture in college.

Following the breakfast, the business meeting ran smoothly, with each of the committee reports being read and the resolutions voted on. CCA's new president was introduced, and awarded the president's belt buckle. "Be prepared to work hard, because I will be utilizing each and every one of you to achieve the goals of CCA," stated Tim Canterbury.

During the conference, several awards were given, including;

The 2008 Leopold Conservation Award given to the Doherty Family, of Kim, Colo.

Volunteer of the Year award to Virginia Patton of Canon City, Colo.

Rookie of the Year award to Travis Taylor of Karval, Colo.

Honorary Life Member to Mark Trostel of Kiowa, Colo.

Colorado Cattlemen's Association is the state's only nonprofit trade organization exclusively representing Colorado's cattle producers. Founded in 1867, CCA is the nation's oldest state cattlemen's association.

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