Make Plans to Attend Colorado’s BQA for their Next Stockmanship & Stewardship Event in Durango August 27-28

Join Colorado State University Animal Sciences and Colorado BQA in Southwestern Colorado for a one-of-a-kind Stockmanship and Stewardship educational opportunity. Spend a day and a half learning from beef industry experts, like Dr. Temple Grandin, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Stockmanship Clinicians on how implementing sound Stockmanship and Stewardship practices on your operation will add value to your bottom line.

The program will not only provide opportunities to interact one-on-one with experts including Dr. Temple Grandin, it will also include live cattle handling demonstrations on-foot and horseback, hands-on training sessions, and insight from speakers representing many facets of the beef industry supply chain – from animal health companies to cattle marketing specialists. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to earn or renew your Beef Quality Assurance certification.

Mark your calendar for August 27-28, 2021! You are sure to find value in this Stockmanship and Stewardship event!


Stockmanship & Stewardship Agenda

August 27, 2021 
Speaker Sessions

8:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Optional Pre-Conference Tours 

Tour 1: Sunny Side Meats-
253 County Road 216
Durango, CO 81303

  • Group 1 – 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (20 attendees) 
  • Group 2 – 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (20 attendees) 

Tour 2: Old Fort at Hesperus Walking Historic Tour (40 attendees) –
18683 Highway 140
Hesperus, CO 81326-9575

  • Tour begins at 9:00 a.m.  

12:00 p.m. – Registration Opens

1:00 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions 

1:15 p.m. – Best Management Practices to Optimize Cattle Health during Drought  Dr. Dave Sjeklocha, DVM, Merck Animal Health Technical Services Veterinarian 
2:15 p.m. – 2021 Cattle Markets Outlook Katelyn McCullock, Director, Livestock Marketing Information Center 
3:30 p.m. – Break 

3:45 p.m. – Earn Top Dollar for your Calves – Cattle Marketing Opportunities in 2022 and Beyond 
Kate Maher, NCBA Senior Director of Organizational Communications and Executive Producer of NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen 

  • Doug Stanton, Senior VP Sales & Business Development, Where Food Comes From – IMI Global 
  • Glenn Benjamin, Rancher and Colorado Sales Representative, Western Video Market 
  • Dave Gottenborg, Rancher at Eagle Rock Ranch – Jefferson, CO 
  • TBD, Owner Live Auction Market 

6:00 p.m. – Steak Taste Panel Demonstration Social Hour
Dr. Jennifer Martin, CSU Animal Sciences- Meat Sciences
Dr. Jason Ahola, CSU Animal Sciences – Beef Management Systems 
7:00 p.m. – Banquet Dinner – Keynote Address: Animal Welfare in the 21st Century  Dr. Temple Grandin, CSU Animal Sciences 

August 28, 2021Hand’s-On Demonstrations 

7:30 a.m. – Doors open, coffee and pastries available

8:00 a.m. – Classroom Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training  Libby Bigler, CSU Animal Sciences, Colorado BQA State Coordinator
9:00 a.m. – Live Cattle Stockmanship and Stewardship Demonstrations with NCBA’s Stockmanship Clinicians

  • Dean Fish, Ranch Manager, Santa Fe Ranch Foundation – Arizona
  • Ron Gill, Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Texas
  • Curt Pate, Curt Pate Stockmanship – Montana

*Chute sponsored by Basin Co-Op 

12:00 p.m. – Lunch sponsored by Multimin USA 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Hands-on Rotations (30 minutes each) 

Attendees will break into small groups and rotate through each of the below sessions to gain more extensive insight to Beef Quality Assurance principles and their application.

ADesigning Handling Facilities that Work for Your OperationDr. Temple Grandin, CSU Animal Sciences – Behavior and Welfare
BStock Trailer Inspection and Transportation SafetyDr. Jason Ahola, CSU Animal Sciences – Beef Management Systems
CThe Role of the Veterinary Client Patient Relationship
(VCPR) in Preventing and Treating Disease in Cattle
Dr. John Wenzel, New Mexico State University, NM BQA
DPractical Implementation of BQA Principles at the ChuteDr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Libby Bigler, CSU Animal Sciences, CO BQA
EImportance of Timely and Humane EuthanasiaDr. Lily Edwards-Callaway, CSU Animal Sciences – Behavior and Welfare

4:30 p.m. – Closing remarks and adjourn

4:00 p.m. – BQA Quiz 



By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.