Before every home had electricity or a telephone line, before social media, there was the Black Mesa CattleWomen. It was chartered in 1951 by 26 ranching women as the Black Mesa Cowbelles.
At the Delta County Livestock Association banquet on Dec. 1, the Black Mesa CattleWomen honored their president, Christy Hawk, as Black Mesa CattleWoman of the Year.
In her second tenure as president, she has breathed new life into the organization this year with her willing attitude and her commitment to keeping the organization on track.
The Black Mesa CattleWomen worked with the Hotchkiss K-8 life skills classroom instructors by providing information about beef facts including nutrition, recipes, and ranching practices. They then sponsored a beef cookoff.
For the competition students were to choose a recipe using one pound of locally raised hamburger.
Every six weeks a new class at Hotchkiss K-8 begins learning about different life skills. The class includes a unit about cooking.
A new calf was born last week at the ranch of Marvin and Pauline Carr in Hotchkiss. In between caring for the animal and neighbors dropping by to check on the new addition to the herd, Pauline also found time to chat about another passion of hers: the promotion of local agriculture, local beef and beef nutrition.
The mission of the Black Mesa CattleWomen is to promote and protect the beef industry through education and communication. One method the group uses to accomplish this is by supporting youth, education and research.
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