The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) bestowed the 2008 Commercial Producer of the Year Award to two ranchers from the front range of Colorado. John Price and John Hanks are friends, neighbors and fellow cattlemen from Deer Trail, Colo.
Price and Hanks are long-time Red Angus customers who take advantage of the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) to reap additional value for their calves by verifying at least 50-percent Red Angus genetics, age and source. They market their calves annually with Superior Livestock Auction at the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Sale, where they continually produce sale-topping lots.
The ranches that Price and Hanks own and operate were established by their families in the late 1890s and have been handed down through the generations. They began using Red Angus bulls to breed their heifers in the early 1980s and, after seeing the resulting calf crops, replaced their entire bull batteries with Red Angus.
On most days, these two friends and ranchers can be found together checking cows, mending fences or attending cattlemen functions. “As neighbors,” said Clint Berry, RAAA member services director, “they have shared the enjoyment of their ranching lifestyle, experienced the good and bad throughout the years and taken it all in stride with a smile.”
Their spirit of cooperation is a daily occurrence except for one day out of the year – the day they sell their calves on the video auction and compete for the top selling lot.
For more information, contact:
Clint Berry, RAAA communications and member services director
(940) 387-3502 • firstname.lastname@example.org