Todd Ranch named producer of the year

By Kami Collins

Todd Ranch named producer of the year | Crawford, Cattlemen, Business

Photo submitted Monita and Danny Todd and their daughter Hannah were honored as the state's Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year for 2016 earlier this year at the Colorado Cattlemen's Association annual banquet in Denver. The Todds ranch on Fruit

The Todd Ranch in Crawford, owned and operated by Danny and Monita Todd and their daughter Hannah, was recently honored as the 2016 Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association.

A release issued by the Cattlemen's Association says, "The Todd Ranch represents an exemplary family-owned commercial cattle operation that is deeply seeded in ranching heritage. From their strict selection and breeding criteria, to their unique ability to effectively manage land and resources in a challenging environment, the Todd Ranch characterizes outstanding commercial cattle production on Colorado's Western Slope."

Both Danny and Monita grew up in ranching families in the Crawford area; Hannah represents the fifth generation of the family to go into ranching. Monita's great-grandfather was also one of the original permit holders who summered his cattle on the National Forest on the Black Mesa. Danny and Monita are the fourth generation of permit holders in the family who summer their stock on the Mesa.

The couple began ranching together shortly after they married in the early 80s. They began small, with 100 head on leased acreage. In 2005, they bought a portion of Monita's father's land, and today, the Todds ranch on a gorgeous 1,000 acres on Fruitland Mesa. They have 300 pair, 100 of which are either registered Simmentals or Salers. About half of their stock is feedstock.

Both Danny and Monita have studied artificial insemination practices to improve the genetic line of their cattle and attended stockmanship schools and range management schools. They've also been certified several times through the Beef Quality Assurance program. They practice rotational grazing and adhere to a strict culling process. Their herd is audited annually through a third party verification process to make sure all the animals are NHTC -- non-hormone treated cattle. They also take responsible land stewardship seriously. All these reasons were cited as to why the Todd Ranch was selected as the Outstanding Commercial Producer of the Year in January.

"We're very honored," Monita said of the award.

"There are a lot of ranches out there that are very, very deserving," Danny said. "We are very honored. The good Lord gave us the opportunity to produce a high quality protein source for the world. Money drives a lot of people, but we just love doing this. The joy of being able to take care of our land and this herd is what drives us."

"We're passionate about producing a healthy, high-quality wholesome product," Monita added.

The Todds have been members of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association for many years. Danny said it's important for ranchers to belong to an organization that takes care of the politics while ranchers are working. The CCA lobbies and advocates for water rights, private land rights and the beef industry. The Todds are also active in the Delta County Livestock Association; Danny is a past president of that organization.