Colorado Cattlemen’s Association wraps up successful 57th mid-winter confe

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 20, 2007
by WLJ
November 26, 2007

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held their 57th annual Mid-Winter Conference Nov. 14-16 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. With record attendance, CCA members and guests were able to come together on key issues affecting the beef industry.

“We are a community of beef producers and Colorado residents dedicated to this industry and doing what is right,” said Kenny Rogers, CCA president.

Representatives from across the state attended this annual event, sponsored by CCA and the Colorado CattleWomen (CCW), to share their commitment to improving Colorado’s beef industry.

“As we move into the next legislative session, Colorado beef producers’ voices will be stronger than ever thanks to this year’s conference discussions and decisions,” Rogers added.

Committees met Thursday, Nov. 15 to discuss key industry topics. CCA members at this event developed policies that will guide the future of Colorado’s cattle industry. Among the issues discussed among cattle producers in attendance was an endorsement of a ban on packer ownership of cattle for more than 14 days prior to slaughter, which passed unanimously, and a series of discussions on water rights. With growth all along the state’s Front Range region, producers are becoming more concerned about how urban and suburban water usage will impact their operations.

CCA officers expressed their desire to involve as many cattle producers as possible in the process in an effort to present a more effective voice and a united front for the state’s cattle producers.

CCA’s open and inclusive membership policy allows for anyone interested in the Colorado beef industry to join and become involved.

“CCA works for ranchers and landowners on issues affecting the beef industry. Producers, consumers, land owners, businesses—we invite anyone concerned about the future of Colorado’s beef industry to join us,” Rogers said.

During the awards banquet on Nov. 15, CCA and CCW gave special recognition to several members and state employees who have gone a step above their normal daily job descriptions and have shown an invaluable dedication to the beef industry. The award recipients included: Brand Inspector of the Year—Jack Haworth, Walden, CO; Law Officer of the Year—Deputy Larry Murphy, Colorado Springs, CO; Law Officer of the Year—Trooper Brian Williams, Lamar, CO; 2007 Commercial Producer of the Year—Jack and Dorothy Gilstrap, J.L. Cattle Co., Branson, CO; 2007 Seedstock Producer of the Year—Sam, Nita, and Skylar Houston, Aristocrat Ranch, Platteville, CO; Rookie CattleWoman of the Year—Christy Belton, Routt County CattleWomen; and CattleWoman of the Year—Rita Bay, Arkansas Valley CattleWomen.

The Mid-Winter Conference ended with the Current Issues Breakfast Meeting on Friday, Nov. 16, where each of CCA’s affiliates reported on the activities and concerns in their areas.

“The affiliate groups represent the core of CCA, and the Current Issues Breakfast Meeting is just one of many outlets CCA has to make sure every member’s voice is heard,” Rogers stated.

To join CCA or to find out more information about becoming a member, contact the CCA office at 303/431-6422 or log on to www.