CLA Applauds Senator Bennett’s Co-Sponsorship of the FARM Act in Support of Colorado’s Livestock Industry
This week, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet signed on as a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act that will relieve farmers and ranchers of burdensome reporting requirements under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) – a law originally passed in 1980 to provide for the cleanup of hazardous waste.
In response to an appeal made by the Colorado Livestock Association and other ag organizations in Colorado, Senator Bennet joined 19 other bipartisan Senators in support of this important legislation.
On behalf of Colorado’s livestock producers, the Colorado Livestock Association would like to recognize and thank Senator Bennet for his effort on this important issue and his commitment to Colorado’s livestock agriculture industry. (more…)
Join us for the 2018 CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration!
Alicia Rainwater, The Center for Generational Kinetics
April 4-5, 2018 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland
CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado. The event kicks off on Wednesday afternoon with species council meetings followed by the evening welcome reception and Colorado’s Finest Celebration, a delicious meal showcasing Colorado’s livestock industry. Join us and spend the evening tasting the best of Colorado agriculture! Thursday morning the CLA Annual Membership Meeting will be held to elect leadership and conduct Association business.
The highlight of this year’s event will be the presentation by Alicia Rainwater from The Center for Generational Kinetics. The Center for Generational Kinetics solves tough generational challenges with Gen Z, Millennials, Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers. Alicia will deliver a rare combination of research-based insight, unforgettable entertainment, and specific, practical solutions that you can use immediately to drive results. (more…)
Join us at the 10th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium
Cattle Market Update, Weather Forecast, GrassCast, Tools for Farm Transition and more!
The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer educational symposium in Hugo, CO on February 20, 2018. The Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics of interest to livestock producers in Colorado. In 2008, the meeting was renamed the Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in honor of the late Eastern, Colorado rancher, Marshall Frasier, who was a strong proponent of education and a dedicated supporter of the industry. Marshall Frasier was and still is the only person who has served as President of both the state livestock organizations; Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
The 10th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will kick-off at 8:30am with a discussion on how to prepare for transitioning the family farm or ranch with Brent Bright, CPA, K-COE ISOM. Justin Derner a rangeland scientist for the USDA will present on Grass Cast a computer simulation model that producers and land managers can use to predict the forage-production potential of a given pasture before moving a herd onto it to graze. Brian Bledsoe Chief Meteorologist at KKTV 11 News, will share a weather forecast for producers. Derek Vote with Fed Beef Grading Operations & Beef Technical Services will discuss grading changes and attendees will hear a market update from Dr. Stephen Koontz, Colorado State University Department of Ag and Resource Economics.
Lunch is free to attendees and will be provided by the Colorado State University Meats Judging Team. Registration is complimentary, but please register by Friday, February 16, 2018. Register online at www.coloradolivestock.org or call the CLA office at (970) 378-0500.
Livestock Producers Get Paid for Excellent Safety Performance
Colorado Livestock Association Safety Group members returned $1.67 million in performance dividends
Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) members lead the livestock industry in their commitment to creating a safe workplace for their employees. Since the group’s inception in 2001, the CLA Safety Group Program has helped group members receive $1,672,898.00 in Safety Group Dividends from Pinnacol Assurance. These premium dollars are returned to safety group members in the form of a dividend that is based on their excellent safety record. (more…)
CLA’s 2017 Legislator of the Year Award Presented in Sterling
Colorado State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg recognized for his commitment to livestock producers in Colorado
Julie McCaleb, CLA Legislative Affairs Committee Chair and Steve Holdren, CLA Lobbyist present the 2017 Legislator of the Year award to Senator Jerry Sonnenberg.
The Colorado Livestock Association named State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg as their “Legislator of the Year” this week for his work and commitment to Colorado’s agriculture and livestock industry.
“Senator Jerry Sonnenberg is a real-life farmer and rancher who has a deep-rooted understanding of and passion for agriculture in Colorado. This is most evident in his actions as he represents not just his constituents in Senate District One, but all of Colorado agriculture in carrying out his duties in the Colorado Senate,” stated Bill Hammerich, CEO of Colorado Livestock Association. “Because of his commitment to and support of agriculture in the legislative arena the Colorado Livestock Association is proud to recognize Senator Jerry Sonnenberg as the CLA 2017 Legislator of the Year.” (more…)
3rd Annual CLA Northeast Livestock Symposium
Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) is hosting its annual producer educational symposium in Sterling, CO on November 14, 2017. The Northeast Livestock Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics affecting the livestock industry.
The symposium will kick off at 8:30 with a discussion about current water issues by Jim Yahn, North Sterling and Prewitt Reservoirs manager. Following, Jim Robb, Chief Executive Officer of the Livestock Marketing and Information Center (LMIC) will provide a market outlook. The LMIC has provided economic analysis and market projections concerning the livestock industry, since 1955.
Colorado Hog Producers Recognized As 2017 Gold Award Winners
Colorado Livestock Association members, Mountain Prairie Farms (Las Animas) and Smithfield Hog Production (Yuma), were recognized as Gold Leaders along with 165 companies for their outstanding environmental achievements that help keep Colorado a desirable place to work and live. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in partnership with the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board and the Colorado Environmental Partnership, presented the 18th annual Environmental Leadership Awards at the Infinity Event Center in Glendale in October. The awards recognize Colorado organizations with gold, silver and bronze designations for voluntarily going beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and for their commitment to continual environmental improvement. This year’s program recognized 21 new Gold Leaders, which join 90 other companies and organizations already designated as Gold Leaders. There currently are 37 companies designated as Silver Partners and 21 companies designated as Bronze Achievers.
Mountain Prairie Farms, LLC employees received the Gold Level Environmental Leadership Award. (From the Left) Robert Lovato-Farm Manager, Cristian Lopez- Farm Manager, John Lofdahl- Production Manager, Rick Ochoa- Maintenance Manager, Marguerite Tan- Environmental Engineer
Lynette Myers, CDPHE Environmental Leadership Program, Kep Proctor- Support Services Manager, Justin Gallegos- Head of Department and Tracy Osborn- H.R. Manager
Julie McCaleb (Left) and Andrea Anderson (Right) accept the Gold Leader award on behalf of Smithfield Hog Production presented by CDPHE Environmental Leadership Program manager Lynette Myers (Middle).
“We are proud to recognize all of Colorado’s environmental leaders and work with them to reduce barriers to innovation while protecting public health and the environment,” said department Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk.
2017 National Farm Safety & Health Week – Safety is an Investment
Have you ever thought about how much a workplace injury could cost your farm or ranch?
The annual cost of occupational injuries in agriculture is $8.3 billion in medical costs and lost productivity.
OSHA’s $afety Pays tool is an online calculator to estimate direct and indirect costs of injuries to your business.
For more information on safety awareness and resources click here.
#NFSHW #SafetyinAg #FarmSafety
Colorado’s Livestock Producers Are Committed to Safety
Since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that on average 240 agriculture workers suffer a “serious lost-work-time injury” each day. The rate of fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector continues to decline, but still remains the highest of any industry sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 100 children die each year in an agriculture-related incident. Of the leading sources of fatalities among all youth, 25% involved machinery, 17% involved motor vehicles (includes ATVs), and 16% were drownings. The skills and life lessons children learn while growing up on the family farm are priceless, but it is up to all of us to protect them and keep them safe.
2017 National Farm Safety & Health Week – Livestock Injuries
We don’t need to tell you that livestock are powerful and unpredictable, but have you reminded your employees lately?
Annually, CLA members and their employees sustain more injuries caused by livestock than any other injury in the workplace.
For more information on safety awareness and resources click here. (more…)
2017 National Farm Safety & Health Week – Youth in Agriculture
Every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident. Of the leading sources of fatalities among all youth, 25% involved machinery, 17% involved motor vehicles (includes ATVs), and 16% were drownings. For working youth, tractors were the leading source of fatalities followed by ATVs.
The skills and life lessons children learn while growing up on the family farm are priceless, but it is up to all of us to protect them and keep them safe.
#NFSHW #SafetyinAg #FarmSafety
For more information on safety awareness and resources click here. (more…)
2017 National Farm Safety & Health Week – ATV Safety
ATV injuries and fatalities on farms and ranches are widespread and increasing. NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health identified 2,090 ATV injuries and 321 ATV fatalities between 2003 and 2011, with three out of five of the occupational deaths occurring in agriculture.
#NFSHW #SafetyinAg #FarmSafety
For more information on ATV safety resources from High Plains Intermountain Center for Agriculture Health and Safety click here. (more…)
2017 National Farm Safety & Health Week – Rural Road Safety
This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week!
Please remember that cell phones and rural roadways do not mix. Be careful around agriculture equipment on the roads at this busy time of year! Fall harvest and texting do not mix. Avoid texting whether you are operating farm equipment or driving your personal vehicle.
#NFSHW #SafetyinAg #FarmSafety #CASN
For more information on safety awareness and resources click here. (more…)
Announcing… CLA’s VISION Magazine and Membership Directory!
The 2017-2018 Colorado Livestock Association VISION magazine and membership directory is hot off the press and on its way to mailboxes across Colorado! This year’s edition features guest articles from Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture, Donna Moenning, Center for Food Integrity, Jackie Klippenstein, Dairy Farmers of America, Michael Formica, National Pork Producers Council and many, many more!
Read the digital edition online now!
Thank you to all of our advertisers and sponsors for their support of our annual publication. (more…)
Bill Hammerich-2017 Livestock Leader Award Honoree
Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer
Join the Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences for the Livestock Leader Reception to celebrate the 2017 Livestock Leader, William Hammerich. The reception will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Colorado State University Animal Sciences Building in Fort Collins, CO.
Bill Hammerich has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) since 2002. He grew up on a cattle and farming operation in Western Colorado and after graduating from high school he attended Colorado State University where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Following graduation, he began his working career with Monfort of Colorado, then Farr Feeders and was with the Sparks Companies before joining CLA. (more…)
Livestock Producers Gather for Colorado Livestock Association Annual Meeting
Greeley, CO – Over 250 producers, industry partners, students, government and agency representatives met at the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration on April 5-6, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado.
A live demonstration was given by US Customs Border Protection Agent JoAnn Winks on how they protect the United States from foreign threats to our food supply at Denver International Airport.
Nolan Stone, CLA President, addresses the membership at the Colorado’s Finest Celebration, an annual event held in honor of Colorado’s livestock producers and their commitment to providing safe, affordable and wholesome food for the consumer.
Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown receives Colorado Livestock Association’s Top Choice Award presented by Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer of CLA for his efforts on behalf of livestock producers in Colorado.
CLA Species Councils met to conduct business and discuss issues specific to their industries on Wednesday afternoon. In the evening, members mingled at the Welcome Reception and dined on exceptional cuts of beef, lamb and pork at the Colorado’s Finest Celebration, an annual event held in honor of Colorado’s livestock producers sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance. (more…)
Commissioner of Ag Don Brown Selected as CLA Top Choice Award Honoree
The Top Choice Award is given by the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) to those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to livestock agriculture in Colorado. Past honorees have come from all walks of life, but the common denominator has been that they have all embodied a deep rooted belief in the importance of agriculture to the future of this state, this country and the world. CLA honored Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown with the Top Choice Award at the 2017 CLA Annual Meeting. “Commissioner Brown wears agriculture on his sleeve and is a great spokesperson, who tells the story of agriculture on behalf of farmers and ranchers in Colorado,” said Bill Hammerich, CEO of CLA. “He modestly introduces himself as ‘a farmer and rancher who happens to be the Commissioner of Agriculture’ and CLA is honored to recognize him for his contributions to our state.” (more…)
CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration
Colorado Livestock Association invites you to attend the 2017 CLA Annual Meeting and Colorado’s Finest Celebration to be held at the Embassy Suites, Loveland, CO on April 5-6, 2017. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado. The event kicks off on Wednesday evening at the Welcome Reception, followed by Colorado’s Finest Celebration, to showcase Colorado’s livestock industry. Spend the evening tasting the best of Colorado agriculture! (more…)
Our Survival Depends on Trust; We Must Earn It
Vance Crowe, Monsanto
While in the United States Peace Corps a stranger came to my small village in Kenya and stood on a box to gather my fellow villagers around him. He delivered a powerful and convincing story so that he could sell vials of water that he claimed would protect the people from the malaria that was ravaging the community.
For years that experience haunted me. I longed for the chance to go back to that moment and knock the man off the box he stood on, or at least step between him and the people with my hands raised in warning. To ease the pain of failing to help that vulnerable community, I imagined myself begging them not to listen to this man who was only there to sew a story laden in false hope to sell on their deepest fears: the health of their families. The science was clear; if they had only trusted my lessons and not his story, they could have real protection from malaria. (more…)
Join us at the 9th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium!
CattleFax: Navigating the Cattle Cycle, Protecting America’s Agriculture at DIA, Managing Your Cattle & Your People
The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer educational symposium in Hugo, CO on February 21, 2017. The Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics of interest to livestock producers in Colorado. In 2008, the meeting was renamed the Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in honor of the late Eastern, Colorado rancher, Marshall Frasier, who was a strong proponent of education and a dedicated supporter of the industry. Marshall Frasier was and still is the only person who has served as President of both the state livestock organizations; Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. (more…)
The Global Impact of Colorado Agriculture
Ajay Menon, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University
When looking at the grand global challenges facing agriculture, the need to ensure that our food supply is safe, affordable, and sustainable comes to the forefront almost immediately. In the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University, we have research programs that focus on the continued viability and profitability of Colorado’s diverse agricultural industry, of which livestock and the Colorado Livestock Association figure prominently. We know that agriculture is a significant economic driver in our state, contributing $41 billion to the Colorado economy and employing nearly 173,000 people, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. (more…)
Winners Meet High Bar for Workplace Safety and Risk Management
Kellee Mitchell, Colorado Livestock Association; Jack McClary, McClary Brothers; Kent Bamford, Bamford Farms, Inc.
Kellee Mitchell, Colorado Livestock Association; Jack McClary, McClary Brothers; Kent Bamford, Bamford Farms, Inc.
Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, is honoring 55 policyholders with its Circle of Safety Award for their exemplary performance in safety, loss control, and financial and claims management.
“This year’s Circle of Safety winners are setting the standard in protecting their employees on the job, no matter what kind of hazards they face,” said Phil Kalin, Pinnacol’s president and CEO. “They’re an example of how to do it right, which keeps their employees safe and their businesses strong.” (more…)
Dr. Jay Ham, PhD, Colorado State University
Perhaps nowhere is ammonia from livestock under greater scrutiny than along the Front Range of Colorado. Increased levels of atmospheric nitrogen deposition are having a negative impact on the ecology of Rocky Mountain National Park, a crown jewel of the National Park System. While studies suggest many different sources are contributing to nitrogen deposition in the park (e.g., urban, out of state sources), much attention has been directed to the beef feedlots and dairies that populate the plains just east of the mountains.
Once ammonia enters the atmosphere it can convert to an aerosol and travel long distances from the source. Most of this fugitive nitrogen is eventually deposited back to the ground when scavenged from the air by precipitation. Unfortunately, this unintentional nitrogen transport and fertilization is having a negative ecological impact on pristine ecosystems around the globe. Thus, it is not surprising that livestock ammonia is an area of growing public concern and regulatory debate. (more…)
2nd Annual CLA Northeast Livestock Symposium
CattleFax Market Outlook, Antibiotic Use, & Drones vs. Privacy
The Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) is hosting its annual producer educational symposium in Sterling, CO on November 15, 2016. The Northeast Livestock Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics affecting the livestock industry. (more…)
Partners in Safety – CLA Safety Group
Pinnacol Assurance partners with the CLA Safety Group to provide big savings while protecting workers through safety group program.
Joe Newhouse, Pinnacol Assurance
“Never leave money on the table.” We’ve all heard this good advice, yet most of us fail to follow it at one time or another.
My hope is that you’ll consider joining nearly 100 other feedlot, dairy, swine, sheep, and cow and calf producers that participate in the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) safety group program through Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s premier workers’ compensation insurer. By participating in the group, you’ll leave no money on the table. (more…)
CLA Position on Amendments 69 and 71
The Colorado Livestock Association Board of Directors has taken a position on the following proposed initiatives: (more…)
A Citizen’s Duty and Privilege
Steve Holdren, Capitol Strategies, LLC
Every four years people say, “ This could be the most important election of our time,” and honestly, this might be the year they’re right! The 2016 election is extremely important for our country and our state.
The balance of power lies in waiting on it’s results, our nation will elect a new President, the majority in the U.S. Senate could change parties, influencing important decisions, including appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court, rights granted to the citizens by the constitution, environmental and regulatory change and the list goes on.
The balance of power in the Colorado Legislature may change too, although Colorado has traditionally been a checks and balances state, the majority margin in the senate is so narrow, the final vote count will ultimately decide, resulting in what could be Democratically controlled Legislative and Executive branches of state government.
The ballot again will be overrun by proposed amendments to the state’s constitution and statutes, although Colorado voters have an opportunity to create change in the initiative process, making it harder, yet more fair and equitable, to get amendments on future ballots. (more…)
Where Will You Be 11.8.2016?
Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
November 8th is Election Day here in the United States, and by now I’m sure you are sick of the constant political ads. You will hear many people say that this is the most important election we’ve ever seen. I argue that each election is important, but our American electorate easily forgets the past and tends to focus only on the present. Regardless, you need to plan on being in a voting booth on November 8th. If, for some reason, you know that you will be busy that day, most jurisdictions have absentee or early voting. Make sure your vote is cast because much is at stake. (more…)
Focusing on the Future
Mike Veeman, President-Elect, Veeman & Sons Dairy
The Colorado Livestock Association has a rich and deep history that needs to continue to be shared with future generations of agriculture producers. It is critical to the future of the industry to continue the generational transfer of stories about where we came from and how we got here so that our children and our children’s children can develop an understanding of the work that CLA has done on behalf of livestock producers. As an Association we have worn many hats over the years and have fought many battles. Without this diverse coalition of livestock producers our industry would not be where it is today and would not have the bright future that I believe we have. (more…)
A Focus on Quality
Beef and dairy industries unify voice through quality assurance collaboration.
Libby Bigler, Colorado Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator
There is no doubt that cattle are a uniquely productive species; one that can produce an astounding 27,000 pounds of milk annually, as well as turn otherwise unproductive ground into high quality protein products. It’s these unique abilities that created an alignment between the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program and the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.
As part of this collaboration, in January of 2016, the National BQA Advisory committee approved an expansion to the current Dairy BQA program, integrating FARM’s upcoming 3.0 version into its Dairy BQA certification guidelines. Beginning January 2017, any dairy producer that is evaluated using FARM 3.0 will also receive a BQA certification.
Emily Meredith, Chief of Staff and former Vice President of Animal Care for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), said that because dairy cows eventually become beef, it is crucial for the beef and dairy industries to find ways to work together.
“There are many synergies between BQA and the FARM program,” Meredith said in recent edition of the online publication Beef Issues Quarterly. “Our collaboration has centered on identifying our similarities and working to maximize those… to ensure the highest quality beef supply possible.”
Merging Animal Care Programs
The National Dairy FARM program goes through an update process every three years. Although the program’s focus remains distinctly on animal care principles that are key to dairy production, the revision committee, which consists of NMPF’s Board of Directors along with a public comment period, recognized the importance of the dairy industry to the beef supply.
“Dairy animals have a dual purpose,” said Chase DeCoite, Associate Director of BQA. “After spending their lives producing milk, dairy animals work their way into the beef supply chain, and consequently, dairy producers participate in the beef checkoff. The checkoff-funded BQA program has long felt it was important to offer dairy producers the same resources and information as it does to beef producers.”
Through collaboration with National BQA, steps were then taken to include additional resources and references in the dairy beef section of the new edition of the FARM 3.0 program’s Animal Care Manual. Changes will include guidelines surrounding fitness for transport, treatment of special needs cattle and proper administration of injectable health products. A stockmanship training component will also be required. It’s these particular updates that made the case for the National BQA Advisory Committee to approve FARM 3.0 as an equivalent to BQA certification.
Collaboration to Target Crossover Issues
The collaboration between NMPF’s FARM program and the National BQA program is a step in the right direction for animal agriculture. Both the dairy and beef industries have been challenged to address similar consumer concerns. With this new unification, both industries will be better equipped to answer the tough questions.
“The beef industry faces many of the same pressures as dairy,” DeCoite said. “Specifically, we see a lot of questions from consumers and retail partners about antibiotic use and animal welfare….BQA and FARM are answering these questions and concerns.”
In January 2017, consumers will be able to hear a more cohesive voice from both the dairy and beef sides of the cattle business through this new collaboration. For dairy producers, the process to earn a BQA certification is simple. Farms that are evaluated under FARM 3.0 will automatically qualify as BQA Certified operations. Once a FARM evaluation is completed, the evaluation status will be reported to Colorado BQA, who will process the dairy’s BQA certificate and send it to the farm to keep on file. No additional steps are required.The new process will be a convenient way to assure the quality of the beef produced on U.S. dairy farms, while concurrently assuring animal health and wellbeing.
“BQA has long been committed to providing producers with the tools, resources and materials to improve their operations,” DeCoite said. “We see this partnership as the next step in that commitment… to provide high-quality, wholesome, delicious milk – and meat!”
Colorado Monitoring Framework – Agricultural Task Force
On the Horizon
President Nolan Stone shares his thoughts about the future of the livestock industry and of the Association.
Nolan Stone, President of the Colorado Livestock Association, is a fifth generation Colorado cattlemen who was raised near Karval, 17 miles southeast of Punkin Center. For the past 17 years, Nolan has worked for JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC and is the General Manager of the Kuner Feedyard near Kersey. When he isn’t working, family time for Nolan and his wife, Jodi, means watching their two kids Shae and Dylan play softball and baseball, watching Shae show steers and spending time managing their family’s cattle business; a diversified spring and fall calving cow herd and stocker operation on leased ranches throughout Colorado.
What is your favorite part of the cattle business?
My favorite part of the cattle business is the people. For the most part, the industry is made up of people with a high degree of integrity and pride. Folks are passionate about this industry, and at our foundation, we are all stockmen, which allows us to interact daily with a group that have this common thread. (more…)
A Farmer at Heart
Air scientist, Dr. William “Brock” Faulkner, was a tireless advocate for livestock producers in Colorado & across the nation.
Bill Hammerich, Colorado Livestock Association
It was June, 2006, and I was driving home from the Omni in Broomfield, following the conclusion of a Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) Annual Convention, and thinking about how CLA could become more engaged in addressing the issue of ammonia deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park (Park). We had met with folks at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and it was their belief based on modeling at the time, that agriculture, both crop and livestock were major contributors to the “problem” in the Park. After the initial meeting with CDPHE and a handful of stakeholder meetings it became apparent that the agricultural community was going to need some help in understanding the scientific aspects of ammonia and other nitrogen compounds. There was never a question that agriculture was a contributor, the question was and still is; how much does agriculture contribute and more specifically how much does agriculture in Colorado contribute? (more…)
Rooted with a Passion
Drew Carlson, Colorado State University Student and CLA Intern
As my Senior year at Colorado State University and the reality of real world living quickly approaches, I can’t help but look back and count the blessings in my life thus far. I was born and raised on a small farm and ranch south of Sterling, Colorado, and have been particularly dedicated to my agricultural way-of-life. Through my experiences and the commendable lifestyle of being involved in agriculture, I have found a simple love for the livestock industry. Being part of the agriculture industry has taught me first and foremost the value of hard work. The friendships I have built, the connections I have made, and the opportunities I have been given to network with other producers in this industry have blessed me abundantly and I have successfully constructed a hobby into a passion. (more…)
A Few Words from CLA President Nolan Stone
Nolan Stone, President
July 15, 2016 – At the 2016 Colorado Livestock Association Annual Meeting in April, CLA members elected Nolan Stone to fill the role as President. Nolan, is a fifth generation Colorado cattlemen who was raised near Karval, 17 miles southeast of Punkin Center. For the past 17 years, Nolan has worked for JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC and is the General Manager of the Kuner Feedyard near Kersey.
“As society evolves, it is becoming more important to have a unified voice representing our message to the public and in the government arenas. CLA does a great job of opening doors and allowing its members to deliver their message wherever it might matter the most,” President Stone stated. “As a group of diversified protein producers, we might not always agree on the detail of every message, but we all understand that a message coming from our broad membership packs a harder punch than each of us can individually. I hope to continue to grow membership and seek more opinions and ideas from the producers of Colorado.” (more…)
New Website Provides Producers with Livestock Transport Requirements
Have you heard about InterstateLivestock.com?
The NIAA and USAHA have partnered together to create a website, www.InterstateLivestock.com, which provides current rules and regulations for anyone shipping cattle across state lines.
The one-stop resource for finding requirements to move animals across state lines! The site is in its first phase featuring cattle movement regulations for all 50 states, and designed to provide quick results. (more…)
Colorado Livestock Association Cattleman Attends Elite Cattle Industry Conference
Representing the Colorado Livestock Association, Trent Horton participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (NCBA’s YCC). Over 50 cattle producers from across the country and across the industry attended the conference. Trent was selected by his fellow producers to participate in the 2016 class.
Trent Horton is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, where he obtained a degree in Business Administration. He grew up in and around the Wellington, Colorado area where he worked for the family feedlot business from grade school throughout high school. Outside of the family business while in College he held jobs such as landscaping and framing homes.
Since graduating from the University of Wyoming he has had the opportunity to do all of the tasks involved within the feedlot business. He has earned his way to now being an owner, partner and General Manager of Horton Feedlots and Diamond Feeders. (more…)
CLA Gives Honorary Membership to Dr. John Matsushima
Colorado State University Animal Sciences Professor John Matsushima visits the JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding lot, October 16, 2012.
Colorado Livestock Association gave Dr. John “Johnny” Matsushima, PhD an Honorary Membership. Dr. Matsushima has been a member of the Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado Cattle Feeders Association for 61 years. During his career, Dr. Matsushima has contributed greatly to improving the livestock feeding industry in Colorado and internationally as the pioneer of the corn steam flaking process for use in cattle rations. (more…)
2016 Top Choice Honoree
William Brock Faulkner, PhD, 2016 CLA Top Choice Award Honoree (Photo from Texas A&M University)
Colorado Livestock Association honored the late Dr. William Brock Faulkner, PhD, with the Top Choice Award, CLA’s most prestigious honor at the 2016 CLA Annual Meeting April 13-14.
Dr. Faulkner was a passionate and tireless advocate for the livestock industry in Colorado and across the country. Over the last 9 years Brock worked closely with livestock producers in Colorado on air quality issues related to Rocky Mountain National Park. His career in teaching culminated in serving as Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University; he advised the Secretary of Agriculture on the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. (more…)
2016 Safe Farm Award Winners
The Colorado Livestock Association would like to recognize those members and worker’s compensation group participants, who have an outstanding safety record, with Colorado Livestock Association’s 2015 Safe Farm Award.
2016 Safe Farm Award Winners and CLA brokers. Pictured Left: Rick Jenkins, Flood and Peterson; Steve & Becky Shea, Shea Feedlot; Gary and Lynette Penny, Penny Ranch; Corey Torres, HUB International; Naida Bamford, Bamford Feedyard; Brian Schiller, Flood and Peterson; Eric Slinger, HUB International.
2016 CLA Annual Meeting- A Great Success!
Over 275 producers, industry partners, students, and agency and government representatives met at the CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration April 13-14, 2016 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. (more…)
Antibiotics: What Lies Ahead?
Antibiotic resistance expert, Dr. Mike Apley, gives an outlook on what lies ahead for the livestock industry.
Dr. Michael Apley, PhD, Kansas State University
Source: Animal Agriculture Alliance
Regardless of how much science is behind the intense scrutiny of antibiotics in agriculture, it is clear that we can expect changes in the future. By now, everyone should be well aware that the use of medically important antibiotics in feed (e.g., tylosin, chlortetracycline) will require veterinary authorization in the form of a veterinary feed directive as of January 1, 2017. You should be in the planning phases with your veterinarian as to having those VFDs in hand and ready by this date. The new labels will be rolled out in sequence in December of 2016, and then the VFDs can be written. This authorization will also be necessary for medically important antibiotics in mineral and milk replacer. Feed drugs which are not medically important, such as decoquinate (Deccox®), amprolium (Corid®), and monensin (Rumensin®) will only need to be on a VFD if fed at the same time as a medically important antibiotic, otherwise no VFD will be required for them. Producers, veterinarians, and feed distributors will need to work together as we move forward. (more…)
Agriculture in Perspective
Kellee Mitchell, Colorado Livestock Association
When the first federal census was taken in 1790, more than 90 percent of all Americans were farmers and agriculture was far and away the leading industry and major employer. Revolutionary changes in the 1800s transformed the lives of the nation’s farm families, as the industrial revolution shifted population, wealth, and power to the cities. In the 1850s young men went west in search of their fortunes on the agricultural frontier, but national attention and the American dream increasingly still shifted to the city. (more…)
Our History is Our Future
Jessica Lemmel, Colorado Livestock Association
The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.
In high school, I worked in the summertime for an older couple who would often fondly reflect on the way things used to be. I politely listened to their stories, but I would become anxious wanting to get back to my daily tasks, and would soon forget the lesson they were trying to impart.
This experience is not unique to me. Most young people don’t pay enough attention to the stories of their elders because we just don’t recognize yet how important those moments are to our own futures. The millennial generation, of which I am a member, is characterized as those who prioritize efficiency and technological progression above almost everything else. Our parent’s however, would just describe us as naive. (more…)
Commissioner Don Brown believes farmers and ranchers are the cornerstone of our great state and country.
As the Commissioner of Agriculture, I have dedicated my life to my family, my ranch, and my community. I can tell you that I truly believe our farmers and ranchers are the cornerstone of our great state and country. Without them, we would not enjoy the abundant food we have available to us, one of the lowest food costs in the world, and national food security because of our ability to provide enough food to feed our people.
As farmers and ranchers, we are more than the people on a tractor or feeding livestock. We are business men and women, who must balance the checkbook, manage workers, study state and federal regulations, and provide quality care to livestock so they remain healthy and productive. We are entrepreneurs who must continually develop new technology to create more food with fewer resources. All of this is done while the weight of feeding our family and those around the globe sits upon our shoulders.
Here is another fact that you might find surprising: 10% of the farmers produce 80% of the food. This means we must continue to develop new methods in order to meet the growing demand for food worldwide at a time when land used for agricultural purposes continues to decrease. There are many niche markets that allow consumers to make food choices that fit their family lifestyle and provide marketing opportunities for producers based on their production practice. While these labels may add value to some, these sectors alone won’t feed the nation. We must continue to develop new technology, growing practices, and livestock care efforts that further develop our production capabilities. If we are to feed the world, we must learn to do this with less land, fewer producers, and fewer resources. (more…)
Mountain Prairie Farms recognized as a Silver Partner in the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program
The Environmental Leadership Program, administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environmental, is a voluntary program that recognizes organizations that go beyond compliance with environmental regulations and strive toward a goal of sustainability. Members work through three levels of partnership: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Including the new crop of 12 Gold Leaders, seven Silver Partners and 29 Bronze achievers, program membership stands at 160 organizations, representing a variety of sectors from manufacturers to agriculture to schools and service providers. New and existing members were recognized at the programs annual awards event October 16 at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. (more…)
Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2016 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees
The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today four inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mr. Thomas Bradbury of Byers, Mr. Steve Gabel, of Eaton, Mr. Harold Griffith of Fort Morgan, and Mr. Milan Rewerts, of Fort Collins, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.
“We are proud to add four more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame“ said Mark Reinert, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. (more…)
2015 Circle of Safety Award: 7th Year in a Row!
Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, is recognizing the recipients of the company’s eighth annual Circle of Safety Awards this month including the Colorado Livestock Association. Approximately 40 policyholders from across the state are being honored for their exemplary performance in safety, loss control, and financial and claims management. (more…)
Young Cattlemen’s Conference Recognizes Leaders in the Cattle Industry
Greeley, CO- Over 50 cattle producers from across the country and across the industry participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2015 Young Cattlemen’s Conference including a young producer from northern Colorado. Representing Colorado Livestock Association was Andrew Mertens from Wickstrom Feedyard.
Andrew Mertens of New Raymer, CO has been involved in the agriculture industry all of his life. He grew up on his family’s progressive dryland farm and stocker cattle operation in northeastern Colorado. The operation consists of raising dryland wheat, corn, and proso millet. In addition to crop production the operation buys light weight calves in the fall, backgrounds them during the winter, turns them out on grass in the late spring and summer, and then markets these cattle as yearlings in the fall. After graduating from high school Andrew, along with his brother Cole, began growing their own farming and stocker cattle operation in addition to the family’s operation. (more…)
Colorado Livestock Association Bestows its Highest Honor
Greeley, CO- The Top Choice Award is given periodically by the Colorado Livestock Association to those individuals who have demonstrated through their words and their actions a commitment to the betterment of livestock agriculture here in Colorado. Past honorees have come from all walks of life, but the common denominator has been that they have all embodied a deep rooted belief in the importance of agriculture to the future of this state, this country and the world. This year’s recipient shares that same quality, but is also a person of courage and determination who is not afraid to make the tough decisions. (more…)
Flying Diamond Ranch Presented with Leopold Conservation Award
The Flying Diamond Ranch, owned and managed by the Scott and Jean Johnson family, is the recipient of the 2015 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award. Scott Johnson, past President of CLA, along with his family manage the ranch which is located near Kit Carson, Flying Diamond Ranch is a fifth generation, 25,000-acre cattle ranch. For over 100 years, the Johnsons’ management philosophy has reflected a personal conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. (more…)
Temple Grandin Visits Colorado Dairy Farms
Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned animal handling expert, author and Colorado State University professor, traveled to three Colorado dairy farms. In attendance were CLA President Mary Kraft and CLA members Rick Podtburg and Bill Wailes, as well as representatives from Western Dairy Association and Dairy Farmers of America, Colorado Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Protection and CLA staff. The tour was hosted by Western Dairy Association. (more…)
2015 NCBA Legislative Conference
Mary Kraft, CLA President and Mike Thoren JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding met with Senator Michael Bennet
Representatives from CLA and CCA met with Senator Cory Gardner to discuss issues important to Colorado Producers
Colorado’s livestock industry was well represented at the 2015 NCBA Legislative Conference!
Before the evening reception after a day spent “AGvocacting” for Colorado’s livestock producers!
Colorado’s livestock industry was well represented at the 2015 NCBA Legislative Conference this week in Washington, D.C. CLA President, Mary Kraft, Mike Thoren, JBS Fiver Rivers Cattle Feeding, and Bill Hammerich, CEO, along with representatives from Colorado Cattlemen’s Association met with Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Michael Bennet. The main focus of discussion included; the complete repeal of COOL, inadequacies of the proposed Dietary Guidelines, and immigration reform. In addition, they met with representatives from all of Colorado’s Congressional districts. “The #NCBA Legislative Conference gave CLA and myself, the opportunity to personally meet and share our needs and issues with our nation’s leaders. Developing these relationships and maintaining communication gives us influence in the rules that govern our businesses, our communities and our lives. It is an important step in creating strategic alliances, protecting what we have, and furthering our industry,” Mary Kraft, CLA President
Ag Producers on the Hill: Ag Day at the Capitol
Happy Colorado Agriculture Day! This is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by the agricultural community. If you eat, you’re involved in agriculture and that is a tremendous responsibility and privilege that farmers, ranchers, and producers hold on to. Through their efforts, families have safe, affordable food on their dinner table. And those efforts create a way of life that is the foundation of this great state. In addition to providing food, farmers and ranchers protect our natural resources and the environment, and continually develop sustainable farming practices to protect the land for future generations. The ag community also has a tremendous impact on our state’s economic vitality. And of course…they grow darn good food! (more…)
CLA Past President, Don Rutledge, Inducted into Co Ag Hall of Fame
CLA would like to congratulate former Colorado Livestock Association Past President and Yuma area farmer Don Rutledge on his recent induction into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. In addition to serving on various boards, he is credited with developing the rubber tire center pivot sprinkler system, adopting holistic resource management practices, such as rotational grazing systems, developing a composting system, and was one of the first to use variable rate irrigation practices. (more…)
2014 Circle of Safety Award: Sixth Year in a Row!
For the sixth year in a row the Colorado Livestock Association Staff has received the Circle of Safety Award from Pinnacol Assurance. The McClary Brothers, CLA members, also received the Circle of Safety award for their commitment to safety. Both awards were presented at the CLA Board of Directors meeting in November at Dinklage Feedyard in Illif, CO.
According to Pinnacol Assurance “Award winners are among an elite group of policyholders who have received this prestigious award for its exceptional performance in safety, loss control, financial management, and claims management.” Safety is a number one priority in our office and to our membership. Keep up the great work!
Congratulations to McClary Brothers and Colorado Livestock Association!
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