Protein producers give back to local communities on Meat In Day |

Protein producers give back to local communities on Meat In Day

This year’s National Ag Week overlapped with “Meat In” Day in Colorado, which celebrates the contributions of livestock production and agriculture, while also uplifting those in need and supporting local causes. Colorado Cattlemen’s Association joined its counterparts and friends in the industry to celebrate the second annual Meat In Day.

Colorado Cattlemen's Association, Colorado Livestock, and Colorado Beef Council staffers celebrated Meat In Day by packing Beefsticks for Backpacks. Courtesy photo

“Meat In Day 2022 was another great reminder of the dedication and commitment of Colorado’s livestock industries to serve others,” commented Steve Wooten, CCA president. “We appreciate not only livestock producers for spearheading events across the state, but also consumers for joining in and celebrating the shared connections between rural and urban Colorado.”

The Meat In event at the Double Check Arena in Eaton, Colo., had 2,700 in attendance. Courtesy photo

At Sterling Livestock Commission, over $150,000 was raised to benefit Angels of America’s Fallen and the John McMahon family. Manager Jason Santomaso told the Sterling Journal Advocate the support from the local community was gratifying in the face of increased economic and cultural pressures being exerted on Colorado’s agriculture, especially the livestock industry. He hopes that, over time, the event, and others like it around the state, will begin to draw urbanites out into the hinterland and learn more about agriculture.

At Centennial Livestock Auction in Fort Collins, 450 people were served local beef, $500 was raised for Beefsticks for Backpacks and the Altenburg Super Baldy Bull Sale was a success. Photo courtesy Larimer County Stockgrowers

“If we could get the urban area to come out to see what agriculture does, I think we could make a difference,” Santomaso said. “We have to find a way to get our message out there.”

The Meat In Day in Sterling, Colo., at Sterling Livestock raised over $150,000 for local causes and served nearly 1,500 people. Photo courtesy Jason Santomaso
Miss Rodeo Colorado Ashley Baller and her sash sisters were on hand at Tuf's Ranch in Bennett for Meat In Day. Courtesy photo

It is reported that at Meat In Day gatherings across the state, over 10,000 people participated in the different events and around $175,000 was raised for local groups and charities, including fire departments, FFA and 4-H chapters, families in need, and programs fighting food insecurity.

The Delta County Cattlewomen hosted this event and helped raise nearly $4,000 for local fire departments. Courtesy photo


The grills were sizzling in Rio Blanco County, Colorado, for Meat In Day. Courtesy photo
In all, the second annual Meat In Day raised about $300,000 for local causes and fed about 10,000 people. Courtesy photo
Meat In Day was celebrated in Hotchkiss, Colo., by feeding over 300 consumers. Photo courtesy Bill McKee


In Crowley County, Colorado, signs at four entrances to the county welcomed more than 200 guests to Ordway. Speakers joined the crowd and over $2,000 was raised. Photo courtesy Shad Sullivan


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