Thank you to our sponsors.
They made the 2014 ANCW Region VI Meeting possible!

Platinum Sponsor
Farm CreditDiamond Sponsor
California Cattlemen’s Assoc.Gold Level Sponsors
California Beef Council
Alameda County CattleWomen
Fresno/Kings Co. CattleWomen
Humboldt County CattleWomen
Kern County Cattlemen’s Assoc.
Kern County CattleWomen
Napa Solano Cattlemen’s Assoc.
Plumas Sierra CattleWomen
San Benito County CattleWomen
Siskiyou County CattleWomen
Tehama Co. Cattlemen’s Assoc.
Tehama County CattleWomen
Gold Level Sponsors
Tulare County CattleWomen
Amanda Jenson Martin
Bissett Ranch
Carver Bowen Ranch
Cockrell Ranches & Lodging
El Rancho Espanol de Cuyama
Jean Barton
Millie and Ken Krause
Siskiyou Angus & Hereford
Varozza Ranch
Valley Republic Bank
Cattlemen’s Livestock Market
Orland Livestock Yard
Turlock Auction Yard
Z TagsSilver Sponsor
A. L. Silencer

2014, Feb 5-6 ANCW 099Joan Hemsted of California Awarded Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year! – Click here to read the ANCW Announcement




CattleWomen President’s Message – April 16, 2014

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CCW President
Tammie McElroy

Thinking about everything that has happened since my last report it has been a great time.  I love representing the greatest ladies.  I think when God created angels he made them CattleWomen.

I have been busy since my last report.  I attended the California Rangeland Summit in Oakdale where Di Kanz and I handed out brochures and answered questions.  After that I went to Red Bluff to present the panel winner with his prize.  After that I went by the Red Bluff Bull Sale on Tuesday and then on Wednesday.  After attending the bull sale I was off to Nashville for the Cattle Industry Convention and Meetings.  There we gained lots of great information and our sponsor Powder River was very complimentary towards the California CattleWomen.  After the convention I headed straight to Tulare for the World Ag Expo, where once again the cattlewomen were a hit with our beef trivia wheel and our attractive booth courtesy of the Kern Co. CattleWomen.

As we leave January and February, we head into our spring meeting in Selma.  Susan Cochran and her family put on great meeting with wonderful speakers.  I know I personally enjoyed our speaker from Harris Ranch and the trip to the fruit packing shed.  It was great to see that we are not alone when it comes to all the rules and regulations we face in producing our nourishing product.  Our business meeting went well and I feel we got a lot accomplished.  How about the dinner we went to at the Cattlemen’s restaurant in Selma.  I had a great time and it was great to see all of us together having fun.

After the meeting in Selma I had the opportunity to judge the Southern Coastal Region FFA speech contest in King City.  What a great experience to see what our youth have in mind for the future of agriculture.  It was interesting in the way it went from robotics and remote control equipment to farming in your family’s high-rise apartment on the window sills.  After attending the Speech contest I was invited to attend the Madera Co. CattleWomen luncheon.  What a great fundraiser for the CattleWomen and they really did a great job.  They served the lunch during the week and advertised it so that they capitalized on the lunch hours of the people in the area.  Great job Madera CattleWomen.

The Ag Day at the Capital was a huge success this year, we had many volunteers from CCW and we served about 2600 sandwiches (some minus the bread because we ran out of bread).  We had the opportunity to have a picture taken with Karen Ross, Secretary of Agriculture and we presented her with a Tri Tip.

I had my first call as the ANCW Ways and Means Committee chair and we came up with some great ideas for ways to work on fundraising for the association and meetings.

After the ANCW Conference Call for the Ways and Means Committee we had an important conference call where we agreed we should donate $1800 in Melanie Fowle’s name to ANCW to cover Melanie’s expenses for her trip to DC for the YCC Conference.  We decided to take the money from the ANCW meeting expense account.  After that call we addressed the issue of having a secretary or treasurer who lives outside of California (By Laws change).  We discussed all the options and went over great questions our web mistress Heidi Hansen had and felt that cattlewomen who take those positions are not in the chain to move up to President so we are recommending a change to the By-Laws to allow them to live in a surrounding state.

I was also invited to attend a California Rangeland Trust dinner in Colusa where I met some great people and got to visit with many of my great friends in the beef community.

So far I have traveled as President, 5,774.59 miles in my pickup, I have flown 2,901.56 miles, and I have spent 394 hours working on California CattleWomen items (emails, reports, speaking at meetings, etc.) since January 1st.

I am looking forward to the many things to come, including Legislative Day, and our Summer Mid-Year meeting in Sacramento.

Thanks for the memories!


CCW President Tammie with Judy Ahmann, Melanie Fowle & Jean Barton at the National Beef Cook Off

CCW President Tammie with Judy Ahmann, Melanie Fowle & Jean Barton at the National Beef Cook Off


Winner of the 2013 National Beef Cook Off Announced! 

Abbie Argersinger of Austin, Texas was announced as the $ 25,000 grand prize winner in this year’s National Beef Cook-Off, funded by The Beef
Checkoff, and managed by the American National CattleWomen on November 2nd at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show in Washington, DC.  Pictured below left is the winning recipe: Cali-Avocado Steak Salad.  Pictured below right is Abbie with Chef Timothy Dean (the Top Chef finalist who was the master of ceremonies on the cooking stage), Evelyn Brown, Cullman, Alabama who demonstrated the winning recipe and ANCW president Barbara Jackson, Tucson, Arizona.  Click here to read more about this great contest and get the winning recipe.

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2014 National Beef Ambassador Contest Results – Californian Will be Part of the Team!
Submitted by Jean Barton
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“DIAMONDS in the Natural State, reveal the beef industry’s greatest
treasurers” was the theme of the 2014 National Beef Ambassador Competition
in Springdale, AR, Sept. 27 -28, 2013.
The 2014 national team will be:
Rachel Wolters, TN
Tori Summey, AZ
Justana Von Tate, TX
Sierra Jepsen, OH
Emma Morris, Etna, CA.
Emma was recognized for her Issues Response, Justana for Consumer Demonstration, Sierra for Media Interview, and Ashton Dawson, AR for Education & Outreach.
Seniors included FL Jessica Andrlik;  MN Kelly Morrison;  MS Taylor McNair;
MT Allie Nelson;  NC Bryan K. Hartman;  ND Renae Tokach;  NM Larisa Estrada;
OK K. C. Barnes III; SC Erica Prescott;  SD Emma Christensen;  VA Kate
Belcher;  WA Amber Charlton;  WVA Mollee Brown;  WY Sierra Crisp.
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The Junior winners were:
Katelin Spradly, NM
Madison Martin, TN
Phillip Saunders, VA.
Katelin was recognized for Issues Response, Madison for
Consumer Demonstration and Media Interview was Brett Lee, LA.
Juniors included AR- Katie Gardner;  CA Annie Belden;  FL Kaylee Stallard;
LA Gracie Catherine LaBorde;  MN Zack Klaers; MT Elizabeth Armstrong;  NC
Mason Blinson;   OK Sydnee Gerken.
There were 34 Diamonds in red shirts from 23 states, and they were
impressive with their ability to communicate their passion for the beef


California CattleWomen Pase President, Melanie Fowle

California CattleWomen Past President, Melanie Fowle



We are so proud of Melanie Fowle, Etna California for being elected as the American National CattleWomen (ANCW) Vice President; she will become the ANCW President in January 2015. The last California, ANCW president was Florence Giorgi in 1971. Melanie deserves our support for all her efforts on behalf of the Beef Industry.

In order to help defray some of the costs that Melanie will incur while she is the working with ANCW, the California State Cattle Women are having a fundraising project. The fundraiser will help Melanie, with the much needed extra funds she will require, as well as to provide her a beautiful “MEMORIE QUILT” to bring her lasting memories for years to follow after her service to the Beef Industry.

Please consider adding your brand or logo to Melanie’s Quilt and let her know you helped to support. Click here to help Melanie’s Quilt Donation Form.