Simmental recognizes volunteers, elects officers
FORT COLLINS, CO – A ranch tour, junior contests and elections were part of state Simmental summer activities hosted July 16 by Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch near here.
In the youth association, Chad Russell of Sugar City turned the gavel over to Bryce Hill of Sterling. Keanna Smith of Ignacio was re-elected vice-president and Shelby Temple of Center was elected secretary.
The juniors also held an educational field day. Contestants competed in a cattlemen’s quiz, which tested beef industry knowledge. The morning’s top point winners were: Chad Russell, first, and Bryce Hill, second. They also practiced sales talk, a communications contest where youth role play with a mock buyer to “sell” their animal. The youth association voted to continue breed promotion with a Colorado State Fair incentive program, and CSA continues offering its county fair winner awards.
In the adult association, CSA Pres. Robert Campbell of Ignacio thanked outgoing directors Jerrid Brisendine of Walsh, who completed his nine-year term; and Curtis Russell of Sugar City, who stepped off the board after a total of 15 years of volunteer service.
Beth Temple of Center was re-elected to the board of directors, plus board newcomers Vicky Ahlberg of Longmont and Reed Parker of Stratton were elected to three-year director terms vacated by Brisendine and Russell. The board later re-elected Campbell as president and Temple as vice-president. Susan S. Russell of Sugar City was re-appointed secretary/treasurer.
A tour of Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch drew breeders to the annual event, with numerous pastures and sire groups viewed by ranchers statewide. Events wrapped up with a beef loin supper.
Highlights are posted onwww.coloradosimmental.com.