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CCA to celebrate "Spirit of the American West"

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association

Beef producers from around the country will join the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) to help celebrate “The Spirit of the American West,” the theme of their 135th Annual Convention. The theme represents the enterprise and perseverance portrayed by cattlemen and women across the American West. It will be a joint convention with the Colorado CattleWomen Inc. (CCW) and the Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (JCCA) held June 10-12 at the Pueblo Convention Center. The three-day event will feature a lineup of excellent workshops, speakers and social activities.

Monday’s agenda includes issues-setting committee meetings that will address topics ranging from possessory interest, chronic wasting disease, Trichomoniasis, the black-tailed prairie dog count, sage grouse and the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign. The trade show and reception will be held later that afternoon and will feature the latest in products and services from agri-businesses.

Tuesday’s agenda includes additional committee meetings, followed by the kick-off lunch featuring guest speaker Reeves Brown, president of Club 20. He is sure to get the convention kick-started with a humorous and informative talk. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of fun and education at the Colorado State Fairgrounds, including a hands-on injection site clinic. Jerry Woodruff, D.V.M., and Doug Gray, Ph.D., from Fort Dodge Animal Health will take participants through a series of different muscle and retail cuts that are damaged by many of the injections given at the ranch or feedlot. The focus will be on the short- and long-term effects of improper injection blemishes and how they affect the beef business.

“Financial Viability in the Ranching Operation” is the title of the second workshop featuring presentations such as “Minimizing Ranch Liabilities in the 21st Century” by Justin Cumming and “Which Business Entity is Right for You?” by Denise Hoffman, both of Rothgerber Johnson &Lyons LLP. Cliff Polk, CLU, president of the Rocky Mountain Financial Group will discuss “The Overlooked Liability ” Long-term Care.”

Family games, horseshoes and a roll-a-roper contest will be followed by a steak fry sponsored by Excel Corporation. Attendees can kick up their heels at an old-fashioned family-style dance as the “Country Gold” band plays the night away.

On June 12, the ever-popular “Cattlemen’s College,” sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, will address “Factors Affecting a Calf’s Immune System.” Later that morning, a series of special speakers will touch on important industry issues, including Vicki Wilkinson, president of the American National CattleWomen; Lynne Sherrod, executive director of Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust; and Fred Lombardi, executive director of the Colorado Beef Council.

At the CCA/CCW lunch, Terry Stokes, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s new chief executive officer, will share his vision for NCBA, which includes a strong focus on “the producer’s pocket book.” The CCA/CCW lunch will feature beef from Maverick Ranch Beef. Last, but certainly not least, CCA policy will be voted on at Wednesday afternoon’s annual business session.

To register for the conference or for more information, call the CCA office, (303) 431-6422.


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