CattleWomen President’s Message – September, 2014

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Well it has been a busy few months for me.  I have been to Utica, New York with the National Beef Ambassador Team for the Boilermaker marathon, I have been to Denver for the Cattle Industry Summer Meetings, and I have been to Georgia for Mom’s Day on the Farm.  What great events, I am constantly learning who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Also within the state of California, I have attended three Mom’s Day on the Farm.  One was at the Rankin Ranch down in Kern Co., the second was at the O’Connell Ranch in Colusa Co., and the last one was at Yolo Land and Cattle in Esparta. Such great events and there is some truth to the statement the millennials don’t know how to cook.  We had a great time sharing and learning along with moms who do not come from agriculture.  I think we learn as much from them as they do from us.  We also had our summer meeting, which although attendance was a little low, we had a great meeting.

CCW ladies have been going to Sam’s Clubs as support for sampling done there.  This is an ANCW project where we are there to talk about beef and to encourage consumers to buy beef.  We also had out brochures provided by ANCW.

As you all know you will have some great ladies representing California in ANCW this next year, our very own Melanie Fowle will be ANCW President, Sheila Bowen will be ANCW Region VI Director.  This should be reason enough to join ANCW to support the members who are willing to step up to national positions.  But if that is not enough remember the WIGGY contest where there is a Powder River Calf Table as a prize and we did not qualify last year because we had not gone up in our ANCW membership.  This would be a great prize for us to use as a fundraiser.

As I think about convention and some of the things I have heard the ladies talk about wanting to learn.  I realize we need some training in how to handle those difficult questions as well as how to sell beef to the consumer.  So as we plan convention these are the things I think we shall concentrate on during our educational sessions.  We also will be having a reception to honor Nadette Raymond who has been CCW Treasurer for the last 14 years, if you are interested in donating please contact me.  Also as I think about this year’s convention I get a little sad because this will be my last meeting as President of such a wonderful organization.  Again as I have said to so many times before, I am honored to have been president for all you great ladies.

Remember ladies sell those Powder River Panel Tickets, we want to have our scholarships in compliance.  Also our membership will go up $5.00 this year to $20.00, ladies please work on membership both state and local.

Thanks for the memories!


The Heritage Foundation of the California CattleWomen is very proud and pleased to announce the 2014 Memorial Scholarship Recipients.  Each of these students has received a scholarship in the amount of $1000 to further their studies in agriculture. 

Below are photos and biographies submitted by each student:

Jacquueline CimaUniversity of California at Davis student recipient – Jacqueline Cima

Jacqueline Cima of El Dorado Hills is the recipient of CCW’s U.C. Davis scholarship. While growing up Jacqueline was very active in 4H. She is currently at the end of her junior year at Davis and she plans to graduate after her senior year with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science with an emphasis on Livestock. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending a school of veterinary medicine to become a large animal vet. While attending Davis, Jacqueline has continued halter breaking and showing animals. Last summer she showed Davis born and bred heifers at Amador and YoloCounty fairs and her hard work paid off with the heifers winning champion awards. After attending veterinary school, Jacqueline would like to raise calves for 4H and FFA students to purchase as project animals and aspires to become a 4H project or club leader, giving back to the organization that an integral part of her life for 11 years. Jacqueline was excited and honored to be selected as the recipient of this scholarship.

The University of California at Chico student recipient - J.P. ThompsonJ. P. Thompson

My name is J.P. Thompson and I am a senior agricultural business major at California State University, Chico.  I was raised in Hollister, California, where I worked on a few different ranches and was very involved in my community.  Following my graduation in May 2015, I have hopes of pursuing a career in beef cattle production, particularly in the ranching sector.  I have spent the last two years working for Joe Morris at T.O. Cattle Company where I helped manage five different leased ranches on which we ran Angus/Hereford cows and stockers.  We raised all of our calves to maturity and marketed them directly as Morris Grass fed Beef.  My experience with Mr. Morris has taught me more than just ranch skills.  It has taught me to be forward thinking, innovative, and willing to work and think outside of the box to accomplish our goals as a business and as stewards of the land.

Erica BianchiUniversity of California at Fresno student recipient – Erica Bianchi

An agricultural related field has always been the first choice of future goals and aspirations for Erica Bianchi. Bianchi grew up on a cattle ranch, in the foothills of Gilroy. Ever since she could walk she has been helping out at the ranch and leading cattle into the show ring. Some of her best childhood memories come from the family cattle branding or from cattle shows throughout California. She hopes to continue her involvement in the beef industry by working for the California Cattlemen’s, a breed association in the west, or to work in the field of advocating for agriculture. She would also love the opportunity to work at a Farm Bureau or as a pharmaceutical representative. A current senior at California State University Fresno, she is obtaining a degree in Agricultural Business.

The University of California San Louis Obispo student recipient – Amie McBirneyAmie Mc Birney

After many years of raising poultry, rabbits, miniature donkeys, horses, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and more, I knew I was meant to be a veterinarian. My 4-H and FFA involvement confirmed this childhood goal, as I never grew tired of the interesting experiences that accompanied working around animals. I also enjoyed learning about veterinary procedures in my 4-H animal projects. I distinctly remember the first time I helped our veterinarian do heifer pregnancy checks; I was elated to feel the firm head of the calf inside the heifer, gently pushing back on my hand. As I grew older, I shared my knowledge about proper animal healthcare, c exhibition techniques with younger 4-H members. It was rewarding to witness the success and newfound confidence gained by these youth, which I had the opportunity to mentor. I enjoyed sharing my passion for animals with others and soon realized this feature is interwoven into a veterinary career!

During my time at Cal Poly as a pre-veterinary student, I have been exposed to the wide variety of opportunities within the agriculture industry. My personal career goal is to incorporate my passion for agriculture with my interest in veterinary medicine into a career which will allow me to assist farmers in maintaining healthy, productive livestock. I try my very best to take advantage of these opportunities I am presented with, which continually help me envision my role in the industry as a veterinarian and how I can utilize my personal passions to influence the future of agriculture.


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




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