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Christina Hall-Shea of CMC Club Calves in Delta, Colo.
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Club calves are basically ‘show steers’. They are shown at prospect shows, county fairs, and at events like the National Western Stock Show. They are the stars of countless 4-H and FFA projects across the country.

CMC Club Calves of Delta, Colo., sells club calves. Owner, Christina Hall-Shea was born and raised in Delta and her family ranched in the area for years. She has experience with show calves, both as a breeder and as an exhibitor. In the past, there was a good chance that FFA and 4-H animals were straight off the family farm. These days, club calves are a large part of the animals shown.

Christina says, “There are still kids that basically take whatever the family has available. Our local fairs are about half family cattle and half show cattle. Sixty percent of the people that buy club calves are in it to win and they will spend the little extra money to get an above average calf to put them in that championship position.”

“Show calves have a different look, a different style, and much thicker. They are definitely not just your average calf.” Hall-Shea continued, “CMC Club Calves are also broke to lead, they have had a bath, and they have been clipped. When they leave here, they could actually go straight to any Front Range show.”

What sets CMC Club Calves apart from the competition is the personal service that goes along with their calves. The family tradition of ranching is being slowly lost in Colorado and a lot of the knowledge of how to raise quality beef cattle is gone. In addition, there is an influx of families, who have no ranching knowledge at all, into rural areas. And the children of these families want to participate in the same FFA and 4-H projects that their new friends are doing.

This is where the unique service of Christina Hall-Shea and CMC Club Calves comes in. “We totally support the kids with whatever it takes to make the experience easier and more fun.” said Hall-Shea. “I travel and see the calves every six to eight weeks. Seth Martin, who works for me, goes along and clips the calves and trims feet when necessary.”

Hall-Shea continued, “We don’t just sell the calf and say ‘I’ll see you next year at the sale’. We go to every county fair that has a calf that came from my house.” “It’s kind of like a consulting service, but not quite.” said Hall-Shea. “There’s no charge for the service. If you buy the calf from my house, I will chase the thing until it’s done at the county fair. It’s what makes CMC different. I support the calf and the kid 100 percent.”

And it is not just the personal service that CMC provides that sets it apart. The finished, end product of the FFA project is a slaughter animal or beef. “The ultimate goal” said Christina “is to produce an animal that finishes, that grades well, and has a good carcass. It’s a combined project, not just the look of the animal.”

Grading is a standard set by the USDA that is a measure of the quality of the meat. That standard is recognized no matter where the animal was slaughtered. CMC calves have done very well in this area. Eighty percent of the calves that CMC has sold have gone through processing and none have graded below Choice. “That’s a really big deal for me because the carcass is what the consumer wants – that’s the end product.” said Hall-Shea.

CMC Club Calves has an upcoming sale on the Western Slope and then will bring cattle to an invitation only sale on the Front Range in Larkspur, Colo.

CMC is totally involved in their business including having a developing AI program using donor and recipient cows. “I own the cows. I’m breeding them and I’m doing all the work to get them to the stage where they are at right now.” said Hall-Shea “I’m not somebody that goes and buys calves and resells them. I pick which bulls a cow is bred to. I calve them and I take care of them from start to finish. By ‘finish’ I mean that I get them to the child when the calf is roughly 600 pounds and 9 months of age.”

So, if you and your child are ‘in it to win it’ and need a good animal to start with, give CMC Club Calves a call at (970) 874-0881 for personalized service that you can not get anywhere else.

Club calves are basically ‘show steers’. They are shown at prospect shows, county fairs, and at events like the National Western Stock Show. They are the stars of countless 4-H and FFA projects across the country.

CMC Club Calves of Delta, Colo., sells club calves. Owner, Christina Hall-Shea was born and raised in Delta and her family ranched in the area for years. She has experience with show calves, both as a breeder and as an exhibitor. In the past, there was a good chance that FFA and 4-H animals were straight off the family farm. These days, club calves are a large part of the animals shown.

Christina says, “There are still kids that basically take whatever the family has available. Our local fairs are about half family cattle and half show cattle. Sixty percent of the people that buy club calves are in it to win and they will spend the little extra money to get an above average calf to put them in that championship position.”

“Show calves have a different look, a different style, and much thicker. They are definitely not just your average calf.” Hall-Shea continued, “CMC Club Calves are also broke to lead, they have had a bath, and they have been clipped. When they leave here, they could actually go straight to any Front Range show.”

What sets CMC Club Calves apart from the competition is the personal service that goes along with their calves. The family tradition of ranching is being slowly lost in Colorado and a lot of the knowledge of how to raise quality beef cattle is gone. In addition, there is an influx of families, who have no ranching knowledge at all, into rural areas. And the children of these families want to participate in the same FFA and 4-H projects that their new friends are doing.

This is where the unique service of Christina Hall-Shea and CMC Club Calves comes in. “We totally support the kids with whatever it takes to make the experience easier and more fun.” said Hall-Shea. “I travel and see the calves every six to eight weeks. Seth Martin, who works for me, goes along and clips the calves and trims feet when necessary.”

Hall-Shea continued, “We don’t just sell the calf and say ‘I’ll see you next year at the sale’. We go to every county fair that has a calf that came from my house.” “It’s kind of like a consulting service, but not quite.” said Hall-Shea. “There’s no charge for the service. If you buy the calf from my house, I will chase the thing until it’s done at the county fair. It’s what makes CMC different. I support the calf and the kid 100 percent.”

And it is not just the personal service that CMC provides that sets it apart. The finished, end product of the FFA project is a slaughter animal or beef. “The ultimate goal” said Christina “is to produce an animal that finishes, that grades well, and has a good carcass. It’s a combined project, not just the look of the animal.”

Grading is a standard set by the USDA that is a measure of the quality of the meat. That standard is recognized no matter where the animal was slaughtered. CMC calves have done very well in this area. Eighty percent of the calves that CMC has sold have gone through processing and none have graded below Choice. “That’s a really big deal for me because the carcass is what the consumer wants – that’s the end product.” said Hall-Shea.

CMC Club Calves has an upcoming sale on the Western Slope and then will bring cattle to an invitation only sale on the Front Range in Larkspur, Colo.

CMC is totally involved in their business including having a developing AI program using donor and recipient cows. “I own the cows. I’m breeding them and I’m doing all the work to get them to the stage where they are at right now.” said Hall-Shea “I’m not somebody that goes and buys calves and resells them. I pick which bulls a cow is bred to. I calve them and I take care of them from start to finish. By ‘finish’ I mean that I get them to the child when the calf is roughly 600 pounds and 9 months of age.”

So, if you and your child are ‘in it to win it’ and need a good animal to start with, give CMC Club Calves a call at (970) 874-0881 for personalized service that you can not get anywhere else.

Club calves are basically ‘show steers’. They are shown at prospect shows, county fairs, and at events like the National Western Stock Show. They are the stars of countless 4-H and FFA projects across the country.

CMC Club Calves of Delta, Colo., sells club calves. Owner, Christina Hall-Shea was born and raised in Delta and her family ranched in the area for years. She has experience with show calves, both as a breeder and as an exhibitor. In the past, there was a good chance that FFA and 4-H animals were straight off the family farm. These days, club calves are a large part of the animals shown.

Christina says, “There are still kids that basically take whatever the family has available. Our local fairs are about half family cattle and half show cattle. Sixty percent of the people that buy club calves are in it to win and they will spend the little extra money to get an above average calf to put them in that championship position.”

“Show calves have a different look, a different style, and much thicker. They are definitely not just your average calf.” Hall-Shea continued, “CMC Club Calves are also broke to lead, they have had a bath, and they have been clipped. When they leave here, they could actually go straight to any Front Range show.”

What sets CMC Club Calves apart from the competition is the personal service that goes along with their calves. The family tradition of ranching is being slowly lost in Colorado and a lot of the knowledge of how to raise quality beef cattle is gone. In addition, there is an influx of families, who have no ranching knowledge at all, into rural areas. And the children of these families want to participate in the same FFA and 4-H projects that their new friends are doing.

This is where the unique service of Christina Hall-Shea and CMC Club Calves comes in. “We totally support the kids with whatever it takes to make the experience easier and more fun.” said Hall-Shea. “I travel and see the calves every six to eight weeks. Seth Martin, who works for me, goes along and clips the calves and trims feet when necessary.”

Hall-Shea continued, “We don’t just sell the calf and say ‘I’ll see you next year at the sale’. We go to every county fair that has a calf that came from my house.” “It’s kind of like a consulting service, but not quite.” said Hall-Shea. “There’s no charge for the service. If you buy the calf from my house, I will chase the thing until it’s done at the county fair. It’s what makes CMC different. I support the calf and the kid 100 percent.”

And it is not just the personal service that CMC provides that sets it apart. The finished, end product of the FFA project is a slaughter animal or beef. “The ultimate goal” said Christina “is to produce an animal that finishes, that grades well, and has a good carcass. It’s a combined project, not just the look of the animal.”

Grading is a standard set by the USDA that is a measure of the quality of the meat. That standard is recognized no matter where the animal was slaughtered. CMC calves have done very well in this area. Eighty percent of the calves that CMC has sold have gone through processing and none have graded below Choice. “That’s a really big deal for me because the carcass is what the consumer wants – that’s the end product.” said Hall-Shea.

CMC Club Calves has an upcoming sale on the Western Slope and then will bring cattle to an invitation only sale on the Front Range in Larkspur, Colo.

CMC is totally involved in their business including having a developing AI program using donor and recipient cows. “I own the cows. I’m breeding them and I’m doing all the work to get them to the stage where they are at right now.” said Hall-Shea “I’m not somebody that goes and buys calves and resells them. I pick which bulls a cow is bred to. I calve them and I take care of them from start to finish. By ‘finish’ I mean that I get them to the child when the calf is roughly 600 pounds and 9 months of age.”

So, if you and your child are ‘in it to win it’ and need a good animal to start with, give CMC Club Calves a call at (970) 874-0881 for personalized service that you can not get anywhere else.

Club calves are basically ‘show steers’. They are shown at prospect shows, county fairs, and at events like the National Western Stock Show. They are the stars of countless 4-H and FFA projects across the country.

CMC Club Calves of Delta, Colo., sells club calves. Owner, Christina Hall-Shea was born and raised in Delta and her family ranched in the area for years. She has experience with show calves, both as a breeder and as an exhibitor. In the past, there was a good chance that FFA and 4-H animals were straight off the family farm. These days, club calves are a large part of the animals shown.

Christina says, “There are still kids that basically take whatever the family has available. Our local fairs are about half family cattle and half show cattle. Sixty percent of the people that buy club calves are in it to win and they will spend the little extra money to get an above average calf to put them in that championship position.”

“Show calves have a different look, a different style, and much thicker. They are definitely not just your average calf.” Hall-Shea continued, “CMC Club Calves are also broke to lead, they have had a bath, and they have been clipped. When they leave here, they could actually go straight to any Front Range show.”

What sets CMC Club Calves apart from the competition is the personal service that goes along with their calves. The family tradition of ranching is being slowly lost in Colorado and a lot of the knowledge of how to raise quality beef cattle is gone. In addition, there is an influx of families, who have no ranching knowledge at all, into rural areas. And the children of these families want to participate in the same FFA and 4-H projects that their new friends are doing.

This is where the unique service of Christina Hall-Shea and CMC Club Calves comes in. “We totally support the kids with whatever it takes to make the experience easier and more fun.” said Hall-Shea. “I travel and see the calves every six to eight weeks. Seth Martin, who works for me, goes along and clips the calves and trims feet when necessary.”

Hall-Shea continued, “We don’t just sell the calf and say ‘I’ll see you next year at the sale’. We go to every county fair that has a calf that came from my house.” “It’s kind of like a consulting service, but not quite.” said Hall-Shea. “There’s no charge for the service. If you buy the calf from my house, I will chase the thing until it’s done at the county fair. It’s what makes CMC different. I support the calf and the kid 100 percent.”

And it is not just the personal service that CMC provides that sets it apart. The finished, end product of the FFA project is a slaughter animal or beef. “The ultimate goal” said Christina “is to produce an animal that finishes, that grades well, and has a good carcass. It’s a combined project, not just the look of the animal.”

Grading is a standard set by the USDA that is a measure of the quality of the meat. That standard is recognized no matter where the animal was slaughtered. CMC calves have done very well in this area. Eighty percent of the calves that CMC has sold have gone through processing and none have graded below Choice. “That’s a really big deal for me because the carcass is what the consumer wants – that’s the end product.” said Hall-Shea.

CMC Club Calves has an upcoming sale on the Western Slope and then will bring cattle to an invitation only sale on the Front Range in Larkspur, Colo.

CMC is totally involved in their business including having a developing AI program using donor and recipient cows. “I own the cows. I’m breeding them and I’m doing all the work to get them to the stage where they are at right now.” said Hall-Shea “I’m not somebody that goes and buys calves and resells them. I pick which bulls a cow is bred to. I calve them and I take care of them from start to finish. By ‘finish’ I mean that I get them to the child when the calf is roughly 600 pounds and 9 months of age.”

So, if you and your child are ‘in it to win it’ and need a good animal to start with, give CMC Club Calves a call at (970) 874-0881 for personalized service that you can not get anywhere else.


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