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Colorado Simmental Association
 C/O Sec. Susan Russell
 24614 Road G
 Sugar City, Co 81076-9514
 Phone: 719-469-0020

CSA Officers & Directors Elected

CSA elected officers for the 2018/19 year during its September board meeting. They are: Jay Hill, president; Mitchell Jergensen, vice-president; and re-appointed Susan S. Russell as secretary/treasurer. We thank outgoing president Beth Temple for remaining engaged on the board and for her year at the group's helm.

Previously, at the CSA annual meeting, Charles “Mick” Meiklejohn of Collbran was elected to the board of directors. Mick has served in the past and we appreciate his return to the board. Also in June, Jay Hill of Sterling, and Mitchell Jergensen of Ramah, were re-elected to the Colorado Simmental board of directors. Rounding out the board are Vicky Ahlberg of Longmont, Willie Altenburg of Fort Collins, Russ Princ of Fort Collins and Beth Temple of Center.

During the June 8 event, Reflected R Ranch’s Curt Russell grilled for the group prior to elections, reports and the year’s highlights. The board formally recognized and thanked Duke Duzik of Craig, who was term limited. Duzik earned the traditional engraved cowbell as he retired from Colorado Simmental Association board service. 

CSA Members at ASA Fall Focus

CSA had 11 of its members participate in the ASA's 50th anniversary celebration and Fall Focus educational conference on Aug. 25-29, 2018 in Bozeman, MT. 

Colorado State Fair


A Simmental heifer won the multi-breed Supreme Champion to culminate the 2018 Junior champion drive at the 2018 Colorado State Fair. Congrats to Jacob Pfannebecker, whose heifer won the overall Junior Breeding Female award.

Junior shows results were: Sydney Baty, Grand Champion SimGenetics; Lyle Cooksey, Reserve Grand Champion SimGenetics; Jacob Pfannebecker, Grand Champion Simmental & multi-breed Supreme Champion; Bryce Hill, Reserve Grand Champion Simmental.

Open-class female show results were: Paul Cooksey, Grand Champion SimGenetics; Lyle Cooksey, Reserve Grand Champion SimGenetics; Jacob Pfannebecker, Grand Champion Simmental; Bryce Hill, Reserve Grand Champion Simmental.

CJSA Officers Elected

During CJSA’s annual meeting on June 9, Bryce Hill of Sterling was re-elected Colorado Junior Simmental president. McKellen Rains of Oakley, KS, was elected vice president; and Ellie Woodward of Bailey, was re-elected secretary.

The CJSA annual meeting was held following the 2018 Junior Extravaganza, a new joint field day held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Junior Shorthorn Association.

CSA Member Given International Honor

Curtis & Susan Russell of Sugar City were added into the World Simmental Federation's Golden Book. The international leadership award was presented during the ASA Ag Gala on Jan. 14, 2018, in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show activities.

Curt & Susan each, and often both, have served continually on the Colorado Simmental Association board since 1994; and each have served full terms on the American Simmental board and its executive committee. They are the first husband-wife team to both serve on the national board. They also volunteer with Colorado Cattlemen's Association and Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers boards. The pair own and operate Reflected R Ranch, which features about 150 head of SimGenetics; and WW Feed & Supply LLC in La Junta, CO. Russell's Reflected R Ranch, and Fred & Phyllis Swain of KY, were the USA inductees into the Golden Book in 2018. Both couples were lauded as Simmental Ambassadors. They are the 77th & 78th names to be added to the top breed honor from the United States in the Federation's history. Prior to the Russells, three other Colorado recipients received the honor: Willie Altenburg, Miles Davies, and Dr. Earl Peterson.

Curtis & Susan Russell, shown at the Ag Gala while flanked by son Chad and mother Lois Schlickau, received the Golden Book Award

CSA Member Given State Award

T-Heart Ranch received the Colorado Cattlemen's Seedstock Producer of the Year honor. Shane & Beth Temple and family were nominated by CSA for the award, which was presented Jan. 15, 2018 in Denver.

The Temples' T-Heart and L-Cross ranches include about 300 cows near Center, CO. In addition they have a feedlot and farming operation. 

Lindsay, Shelby, Beth and Shane Temple receive the award during the CCA Mid-Year Conference.


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