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Fickenscher Receives Honorary Cattlemen’s Award.

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Matt Neuhold, left, presents Bruce Fickenscher Bent-Prowers Honorary Life Member award. The surprise honor recognizes Fickenscher’s educational and volunteer efforts to the ag industry. The association, one of the oldest livestock groups in the West, was formed in March 1870.

LAMAR – Bruce Fickenscher was honored during the annual Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association banquet April 1st in Lamar. Fickenscher, of Chivington, was selected as the association’s prestigious Honorary Life Member Award recipient.

Fickenscher has been with Colorado State University Extension since 2001. He currently is Livestock & Range Specialist for the Southeast area, in addition to helping with the 4-H programs in Crowley and Otero counties. 

A Nebraska native, Fickenscher worked on a large ranch in Wyoming after earning his bachelor’s degree in animal science. He and his wife, Brenda, moved to southeast Colorado where Fickenscher worked on several farm/ranch combinations, plus the Fickenschers raised herds of Navajo Churro sheep, and Angus, baldy and Salers cows. They sold their livestock during the 2000 drought, and for the past 16 years Fickenscher has served as a hands-on extension agent. He also earned his master’s degree in agricultural science in 2015.  

Fickenscher has been an active volunteer on the Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers board of directors for 30 years. Offices include secretary/treasurer for four years, and progressing up to president in 1999. He also is involved in committees with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Section of the Society of Range Management, Colorado County Agents Association, Colorado State Veterinary-Rapid Response for Agriculture and Livestock Team, Colorado Extension Disaster Education network, and Shortgrass Prairie Partnership-Working Landscapes Advisory Committee. Fickenscher’s resume also includes serving as an EMT for 13 years in Kiowa County, a school board member, a 4-H leader and involved in many community events.

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Outgoing 2016/17 president Colby Mick, left, is presented a buckle set by Pat Ptolemy, 2015/16 president. Don Albert of Walsh made the buckle with Mick’s brand to commemorate his year at the association’s helm.

Fickenscher’s surprise honor highlighted the evening, which also included a cowboy punch bowl, lively auction, ribeye steak supper and dance. In the auction, original art, a cooler donated by Big R filled with meat from Best Bet Beeflot, CCA 150th-year member signs and personalized commemorative pocket knives, and the final slot on “Ranchers for Hospice” all were sold. A total of $400 was raised for Hospice, and about $5300 was raised for Bent-Prowers Endowment Trust.

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Auctioneer Cody Johnson, left, gets help from Colby Mick in looking for bids during a lively auction. Art, caps, knives, signs, baskets and a cooler full of beef all were sold during the April 1 event, this year held in Lamar.

 Outgoing President Colby Mick of Wiley was given a custom-made buckle set for his service to the association, which serves Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers county agricultural community.
(photos courtesy of Susan Russell)

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