ESAP 2020

Colorado

See how Colorado beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.

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Colorado Feedyard Keeps Animal Welfare at the Core of their Business

Kuner Feedyard in Kersey, Colorado sees over 210,000 cattle annually and animal care, health and safety is the top priority with each and every one. Animal welfare is the core of their business by making sure that the animals have the best environment possible. They achieve this goal through state-of-the-art pens for the cattle, by having nutritionists and veterinarians on staff, and by providing educational programming for both the staff and the public. By working with the Beef Quality Assurance program, Kuner Feedyard is designed for low-stress animal handling to keep the cattle safe and healthy. For their dedication to maintaining the highest levels of land and animal care, Kuner Feedyard was awarded the prestigious Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award. The National BQA Awards recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers, marketers, and educators who demonstrate the highest levels of animal care and handling principles as part of their day-to-day activities.

"Kuner Feedyard will be a progressive leader going forward. We’re never done educating ourselves, training our employees, finding better ways to get our job done, finding better environments for our cattle" - Tanner Pickett

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Beatty Canyon Ranch

Beatty Canyon Ranch, owned and operated by Steve & Joy Wooten and Arin & Brady Burnham, is located in Las Animas County, Colorado and covers over 125,000 acres. The ranch is located in a semi-arid region that experiences occasional rainfall and drought conditions. To help protect the natural resources of the land, Beatty Canyon Ranch practices rotational grazing to allow natural grasses to grow in one area while cattle eat from another area. Once an area has grown and is healthy, the cattle will rotate, allowing the previous area to rest. This land management has not only helped the land and cattle, but it also controls invasive species and supports the local wildlife populations including some endangered species, such as the Massasauga Rattlesnake.

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2017 ESAP Winners - Flying Diamond Ranch - Region V - Colorado

Raising Beef in Colorado

Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources. Today, there are more than 2.8 million cattle and over 14,000 cattle farms and ranches in Colorado. Learn more about the Colorado beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.

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popular colorado-inspired recipes

Rocky Mountain Grilled T-Bone Steak With Charro-style beans

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRILLED T-BONE STEAKS WITH CHARRO-STYLE BEANS

This recipe tastes great over the campfire or on your grill at home. Pepper-rubbed T-Bone Steaks are served with flavorful Charro-style beans.

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Grilled Pasilla Beef (Carne Asad)

GRILLED PASILLA BEEF (CARNE ASADA)

A pasilla pepper marinade adds flavor and heat to grilled Skirt Steak. The thin-sliced grilled steak or Carne Asada en Espanol can be tucked into a tortilla for taco Tuesday or any night of the week.

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Autumn Pot Roast with Root Vegetables

Slow Cooker Comforts

Treat yourself to an easy dinner tonight with these slow cooker recipes. A few ingredients and some patience are all you need for a delicious, comforting meal.

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tailgating treasures

The biggest games of the year deserve the best recipes. Whether the tailgate is in the parking lot, backyard, or home kitchen you'll be the MVP with these great tailgating recipes.

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Cowboy Beef and Black Bean Chili

Gotta Try Beef Chilis

It’s hard to deny that a warm, savory bowl of chili brings a certain nostalgia to the table. Whether it’s a weekly tradition or a special occasion dish, chili is one of our favorite ways to warm the soul. Discover a few of our tastiest, coziest beef chili recipes.

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Colorado Fact

Colorado is home to many agriculture industries including potatoes, onions, sunflowers, sugar beets and grapes, but cattle are Colorado’s number one agricultural commodity with over 2.8 million head of cattle.