Awards were a part of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association Mid-Winter Conference in Denver Jan 15-17. Chris Johnson was named Lawman of the Year. Johnson is the former sheriff of Otero County.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association held its Mid-Winter Conference in Denver Jan. 15-17
This week's Mid-Winter Conference, held on January 15-17 in Denver, focused on agriculture-related issues that will be addressed during the 2018 session of Colorado’s General Assembly. Committee meetings were also held during the conference, which help establish the organization's policies and stance on a wide range of legislative and regulatory topics impacting Colorado’s beef industry. “CCA operates through its diverse and broad membership throughout Colorado; that represents the majority of beef cattle production, private land ownership, state and federal lands grazing, businesses, and those who advocate for the industry,” said Todd Inlee, President of CCA.

CCA members gather for the conference to gain knowledge about their industry, create policy that drives their trade association, and present awards to those who have served the state’s beef industry in an exemplary fashion:


LAW OFFICER OF THE YEAR:
Chris Johnson, former Otero County Sheriff,  was named Law Officer of the Year for 2017. He has been an advocate for the cattlemen and the livestock industry in his nearly 39 years as a law enforcement officer in Colorado.
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LAND OWNER OF THE YEAR:
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife presented the Landowner of the Year Award to Bobby and Dottie Hill, from Texas, who own a number of ranches in SE Colorado. The Hills have always been strong supporters of conservation through sportsmen activities and habitat management on their ranches.

Outstanding Seedstock Producer
The T-Heart Ranch, owned and operated by Shane and Beth Temple of Center, CO is the 2017 Outstanding Seedstock Producer of the Year.

Cattle Woman of the Year
The 2017 Cattle Woman of the Year is Geraldine (Gerrie) Colette of the Fremont County Cattle Women. Gerrie has been a part of the CattleWomen since 1990.

CattleWoman Rookie of the Year
Colorado CattleWoman’s 2017 Rookie of the Year is Chandra Fisher of the Lincoln County CattleWomen.