Gorge News Report
The Klickitat County Livestock Association held its annual spring banquet on March 22 in Goldendale.
More than 200 people filled the hall at the American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116.
The group was addressed by Jim Sizemore, Centerville rancher who is current president of the Washington Cattleman's Association, and State Veterinarian Dr. Leonard Eldridge. Representatives Bruce Chandler and Dan Newhouse and Senator Jim Honeyford were honored guests.
Certificates were presented to youth exhibitors of sheep, goat, swine and beef at the 2007 Klickitat County Fair, and trophies were presented to carcass and rate-of-gain winners. Lexi Cameron had the third place steer, Jailin Conboy was second, and the champion steer was owned by Austin Faulconer. His steer graded choice, and had a 13.8 inch ribeye area, 12.3 yield grade and average daily gain of 3.65.
Neil Kayser presented the Jim Bridgefarmer Memorial Award to Lillian Ladiges. The award recognizes individuals who give a lot to the livestock industry, whether or not they are growers. Kayser described Ladiges as a lady who never says "no" when the Cattlemen need help. Ladiges was a postal employee for 30 years in the White Salmon area. She showed sheep as a 4-Her and was a club leader for 15 years. Ladiges has two children and four grandsons. She still serves as the camp cook during the family's round-up.
The O.P. Kreps Memorial Award went to Ethyl Read. Presenter Dean Miller said Read was born in the middle of the Columbia River, in a car on a ferry headed for The Dalles. Read continues to live close to the original home place. She was active in 4-H livestock and horse projects and was a leader for 25 years. Read was Klickitat County Fair queen, Aldercreek Rodeo and Picnic president, and Grand Marshal of the Klickitat County Fair.
The 2007 Cattlemen of the Year Doug and Vicky Ramsay had the honor of presenting a silver plater to the 2008 Cattlemen of the Year, Dave and Laurie Davenport. The Davenports raise horses and a herd of Simental-Hereford-Angus cattle 10 miles east of Goldendale. They announced the traditional tour of the Cattleman of the Year ranch is tentatively scheduled for June 29.