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Saturday, January 13, 2024

In Red Lodge at The Pollard Hotel
11:30am to 12:15 Free Membership Lunch
12:15 to 1:00pm Annual Meeting
1:15pm to 2:15 Speaker
2:15pm Q & A Session
Special Guest speaker – Mike Callicrate


How Cows Can Save The World
Cows and other ruminate animals are a gift to humanity and the world with their ability to transform inedible plants into highly nutritious human food, while at the same time improving the environment. We need a lot more of them on the planet. So how do we bring back cows, land stewardship, animal husbandry, and the ability to feed ourselves. VIEW ARTICLE

Rancher’s Advocate. People’s Advocate. Animal’s Advocate
Mike Callicrate is an independent cattle producer, business entrepreneur and political activist. He serves as an outspoken leader in addressing the rural, social and cultural impacts of current economic trends.

A native of Evergreen, Colorado, he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University in 1975 and later moved to St. Francis, Kansas, where he started farming and ranching. He and a small group of investors built a cattle feeding operation there in 1978. In 1986, he left that operation and built his own independent 12,000-head feedyard nearby.

Frustrated by the castration equipment he was using in his feedyard, he invented the Callicrate Smart Bander in 1991. The popular humane, bloodless, and drug free method is still manufactured in St. Francis, contributing more than 30 jobs to the local community.

In 2000, he formed a value-added meat company called Ranch Foods Direct. The fabrication plant and retail store processes and markets high quality all-natural beef in Colorado Springs and over the Internet at

Since the mid-1990s, Mike has been actively involved in social and political efforts to improve the welfare of family farms and to restore effective publicly-regulated markets.

He was a founding member of several farm advocacy groups including the Organization for Competitive Markets, R-CALF and the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association. He also was a lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the world’s largest meatpacker, IBP, now part of Tyson Foods, alleging unfair and discriminatory marketing practices. He is the father of two sons, Tyler and Teegan.




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