Colorado Cattlemen hold Mid-Winter Conference
The Colorado Cattlemen's Association's Mid-Winter Conference kicked off Jan. 21 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver with CCA, Colorado CattleWomen, and Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust board meetings to discuss the current and future issues of the industry.
Jan. 21 was the Cattlemen's Legislative Round-Up Day, which started with several committee meetings, and then traveled to the Scottish Masonic Lodge for CCA's Legislative Lunch. There was an outstanding turnout of both participants and legislators. Executive Vice President Terry Fankhauser reviewed some of the upcoming legislation that would affect ag producers, and how important it is to communicate with state representatives about rural issues. Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar also attended and spoke about his appreciation for Colorado's agricultural community and their contribution to both the state and the nation. Over 50 legislators came to the lunch to show support for agriculture and its vital contribution to America and the world's economy.
After the lunch, the Conference moved to the Capitol to hear from CCA's lobbyist Danny Williams about a number of upcoming bills and the effort needed to ensure that rural producers' interests are represented. Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, a producer himself, discussed the importance of continually working to make the voice of agriculture heard. Sen. Gail Schwartz and Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandio also spoke about the legislators' support for the rural population. Upon returning to the Renaissance Hotel, CCA held its Foundation Recognition Banquet in order to honor the memory and award the service of several remarkable individuals and their contribution to the livestock industry. A memorialized plaque for Carl Beverly "Bev" Bledsoe, who was the longest-serving Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and a past CCA president, was given to his wife, Alice, along with their children and family members to honor his representation of rural Colorado. Jon Schweiger was presented the Brand Inspector of the Year Award to recognize over 30 years of service; and Deputy Sheriff Alvin Schaaf was honored with the Law Officer of the Year Award for his willingness to protect and promote the beef industry.
The 2012 Colorado Cattlemen's Commercial Producer of the Year Award went to Mike and Julie Livingston of the Livingston Ranch to commemorate their work in educational outreach opportunities with Colorado State University, and their sustainability efforts. The Danciger Tybar Ranch was chosen as CCA's 2012 Outstanding Seedstock Producer of the Year for their contribution to developing the next step in using technology and modern practices to prevent brisket disease and improve Pulmonary Arterial Pressure evaluation in cattle.
Jan. 23 marked Colorado Beef Industry Day, with meetings for the remainder of CCA's steering committees. After a business meeting to explain and enhance CCA's structure and efforts to represent its members' voices, the attendees travelled to the National Western Stock Show to participate in the Commercial Heifer Sale, where CCA President T. Wright Dickinson awarded the Culver Cattle Company with a silver belt buckle for their Champion Heifer Calves Pen.
The Conference concluded with the PRCA Rodeo, which showcased events including bareback bronc riding, bulldogging, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and others. CCA would like to thank everyone who attended and helped make this Conference a great success!
CCA 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.