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Ag Talk 9-20-10

Bill Jackson
Greeley, Colo.

Something a little different.

No, make that a lot different.

The Weld County Livestock Association has been around for a lot longer than most its present members can remember. And over those many, many years, it would conduct two meetings a year, one in the spring, one in the fall. It was usually in a church, or in the case of the past few years, at the VFW in Ault, Colo. There would be a meal, again the past few years served by one of the county’s 4-H Washington Focus groups, and association officers would invite a speaker or two and get an update on activities of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and other issues of the industry.

But this year the old mold has been broken.

On Sunday, Sept. 26, the annual fall meeting will be at the Crow Valley Recreation Park, which is just off Weld County Road 77, north of Briggsdale., Colo From Greeley, go to Ault, take Colo. 14 east to Briggsdale and go north less than a mile.

This fall meeting promises to be quite the shindig.

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The association dates back at least to the 1930s and possibly longer and according to some, could be 100 years old. The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1867, making it the nation’s oldest state cattlemen’s association. The Weld group, according to some, may date back as far, and, like the CCA, is works to promote the beef industry within the county and with state and national legislators, agencies, media and consumers.

Doris Williams is the secretary of the WCLA and said the fall meeting will resemble a good, ol’ fashioned cowboy get together, complete with a chuck wagon and good grub.

“We’ve got to give this a whirl and see how it works,” Williams, who ranches near Buckingham in northeast Weld, said.

The day will start at about 3:30 in the afternoon with an informative meeting of members and guests, along with a speaker or two. And while that is going on, John Schaffner, a cowboy poet and chuckwagon cook from Wray, will be on site preparing, what Williams called “some of the best cowboy grub in all the West.”

Schaffner and his chuck wagon get around to various gatherings of cowboys and cowboy poets all across North America. Michael Martin Murphy highly recommends Schaffner, who does Westfest for Murphy every year, this past year in Rifle, Colo., at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The meal, Williams said, will include peach cobbler and biscuits, fixed the chuck wagon way in Dutch ovens, along with beef and the fixin’s.

Following the chuckwagon meal, Schaffner will entertain the crowd “with a whole bunch of original cowboy poetry as well as the old classics,” Williams said.

“The gathering should be over long before dark, so everybody should be able to get home. We’re going to eat right at 5:30, so folks can bring their kids who can have a great time,” Williams said.

As a sidelight to the festivities, there’s also going to be a calf on the site and those attending will be asked to guess the weight of the animal, with that person coming the closest being awarded a prize, Williams said.

Cost for the chuck wagon meal is $20 per person, $10 for children under 12. Reservations may be made at gaylekrager@yahoo.com or by calling (970) 437-5323.