The Colorado Cattlemen's Association honored a diverse group of individuals at their mid-winter meeting in mid-January. Here's a complete list of honorees.
CCA Honorary Lifetime Member
Dr. Barb Powers was named CCA's 2019 Honorary Lifetime Member. As director of the Colorado State University Diagnostic Lab, Dr. Powers prioritizes providing the highest quality service as quickly as possible. Dr. Powers was critical in the process of building a new state-of-the-art facility that truly transformed the Diagnostic Lab into the high-performing, well-respected research lab. Beyond her work at the Diagnostic Lab, Dr. Powers has also been a go-to resource for CCA's Animal Health Committee.
Honorees of the Colorado Cattlemen's Foundation Endowment Trust
The Endowment Trust began in 1959 as an idea to help secure a financial future for the association. One form of support to the Endowment Trust is through contributions made in memory of a family member or friend.
Roger Evans was a fifth-generation rancher who will be lovingly remembered as "the man with the recognizable mustache and the biggest heart of anyone you will ever meet." Roger served in several leadership roles within his county, as well as CCA's 98th President. Roger was passionate about working with people in the sale ring and his community, and had a special soft spot for kids, especially 4-H-ers.
Robert "Bob" Shoemaker
Bob Shoemaker was a cowboy who lived by the Code of the West. Along with being a cattle rancher, Bob was a Colorado State Representative from 1974 to 1986 and again from 1992-93. He also served on the Colorado State Board of Parole, as well as the Colorado Wildlife Commission. Bob was active and held numerous offices in Fremont County and in CCA.
Law Officer of the Year
Travis Wright, with the City of Grand Junction Police Department, was named Law Officer of the Year for 2018. Travis responded this year to reports of a cow being shot, and due to his thorough investigation, a witness was located who saw a vehicle leaving the area. He was persistent in getting Crime Stoppers involved, as well as local media, and kept all involved in the incident in the loop as the investigation proceeded, which helped lead to the perpetrator being apprehended and charged.
Brand Inspector of the Year
Dan Buhr is a long-time brand inspector with ranching roots and deep understanding the agriculture industry. He is district supervisor in the second largest district in the state, which has large weekly livestock auctions and numerous feedlots in his district. Dan has an increased volume of inspections beyond the ranch inspections, but he is still flexible and willing to inspect when it is more convenient for ranchers or feedlots. He is known for giving 110 percent and always being friendly and prompt. He was nominated by the Bent-Prowers Cattle and Horse Growers’ Association.
Outstanding Service Award
Dr. Nick Striegel, with the Colorado Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian’s Office is CCA’s 2018 Public Servant of the Year. Through his role at the State Veterinarian's Office, he has done detailed work organizing the livestock liaison portion of the state’s Office of Emergency Management. He played a key role for agriculture, specifically local ranchers, local law enforcement, and the incident management teams to help solve problems of beef producers that may arise during emergency incidents. These efforts will help to protect ranchers’ operations, land, and cattle. For the first time in state history, there is an objective in the five-year State Strategy Plan that is specific to agriculture, due to his work.
Landowner of the Year
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife presented the Landowner of the Year Award to Dean Wingfield. As a landowner, county commissioner and wildlife commissioner, he represents other eastern plains landowners in many instances of big and small game issues. He was instrumental in formulating the modernization of the landowner voucher system. Also noteworthy is his close contact with CCA and other landowners on eastern plains conservation issues, advocating for landowner rights, and highlighting their contributions to conservation and the sportsmen communities. Dean and Pam Wingfield live on the same homestead his grandfather settled in 1886, where Dean grew up and Dean and Pam raised their two sons. They operate a cow/calf operation and farm dryland crops. Dean is a past president of Yuma County Cattlemen’s Association and has served as YCCA Scholarship Chairman since 1981, during which time they have awarded nearly a quarter million dollars in scholarships to Yuma County graduates. He continues to serve as a Yuma County Commissioner, a position he has held since 1997.
Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year
The 2018 Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year is the Crystal River Ranch of Carbondale. The ranch is located in the Roaring Creek Valley and has been solely owned and operated by Sue Anschutz Rodgers since 1987 and her family since 1958. The ranch has traditionally run Hereford and Angus cross-cattle, selling spring-born commercial feeder calves every fall. Crystal River Ranch keep detailed production records on each cow and every calf through an extensive ranch traceability program. Quality data is also obtained from past buyers utilizing both quality and yield grades on individual calf information. The cattle are always handled in a quiet, low stress manner. Beyond being an outstanding commercial producer, Sue has shown a commitment to the local community and the state as a whole.
Outstanding Seedstock Producer of the Year
Yearous Cattle Co, owned and operated by Duane, Sandra and Kent Yearous of Fort Morgan, is a diversified cattle and farming operation with both irrigated farms and ranch grassland. Their cowherd was started as a family venture in 1970 on a strictly commercial basis with ten head of heifers, and has grown from a totally commercial herd into a 230 head herd of Registered Angus and SimAngus seedstock. YCC recognizes the value and performance of a disciplined crossbreeding program, which led to the implementation of SimAngus. They pride themselves on customer service and never forget that their success lies in their customers' success and profitability. Having started as a commercial herd, they've maintained a belief in producing "real world" cattle.
CattleWoman of the Year
Linda Yoder of the Lincoln County CattleWomen has been an active member for 49 and a half years. After she and her husband, Harold, married in 1969, her mother-in-law encouraged her to get involved with the CattleWomen to educate, promote, and protect the cattle industry, which was now her livelihood. She has held various officers within the local association including president several times: 1976-77, 1981-82, 1996 and 2016-17. She currently serves as Vice President. Linda also served on the Colorado CattleWomen board in different positions with one of them being president of the organization. In past years she spent countless hours giving programs at schools, passing out beef samples locally and in the big cities, working the Colorado CattleWomen’s booth at the National Western Stock Show and working alongside the local Stockman’s Association. She was an extension agent for many years and her passion for teaching others shows in all she does. Most recently Linda has played a key role in helping revive the local association in Lincoln County by encouraging young women to join.
CattleWoman Rookie of the Year
Kelsey Pope of the Lincoln County CattleWomen has been a tremendous asset to this group since she joined in 2016. She has always been involved in educating others about agriculture, from working for the Nebraska Corn Board to having her own personal blog, Ag on the Forefront. Her goal is to have open conversations and share information that supports farmers and ranchers who work so hard to raise safe food and focuses on animal wellbeing. After returning to her family’s ranch in Limon with her husband and son she was looking for more opportunities to share about her lifestyle and joined the Lincoln County CattleWomen. Kelsey has been very instrumental in the recent growth of their local association. She has served as the Beef Promotion and Education Chairman from 2017-2018, going into the local schools to read and give presentations, organizing an informational booth at the Limon 4th of July celebration and during the Pedal the Plains this fall. She has helped with local fundraisers and the local CattleWomen’s yearly booth at the county fair. This year she made and passed out beef samples to fair goers. Kelsey also serves the Colorado CattleWomen as newsletter coordinator.
Membership recruitment awards
Eagle County Cattlemen's Association achieved the highest rate of growth among CCA affiliates. Matt Neuhold won the 2018 Individual Member Recruitment contest with 18 new recruitments and received a new working chute donated by Troy Piper with Priefert Manufacturing.