Tampa, Fla. – Susie Magnuson was named the 2012 Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year by the American National CattleWomen, Inc. (ANCW) at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Tampa, Fla. The CattleWoman of the Year Award is sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC.
For 25+ years Magnuson has been involved in the beef community, as a rancher & farmer, as a promoter of beef and as a leader in CattleWomen organizations. She started her CattleWoman involvement in the late 1980’s with her local Weld County CattleWomen group. Over the years she has served on many local, state and national CattleWomen committees, served in multiple officer positions and she’s served as a mentor. Her achievements include: 1994‐1995 Colorado CattleWomen President, 2004 ANCW President, National Beef Speakers Bureau member and 2012 ANCW Parliamentarian.
Youth education and beef promotion are two areas in which Magnuson has contributed countless volunteer hours. She has given numerous presentations to students, helped serve dinners for fundraisers, coordinated beef promotion booths, and helped with as many beef focused activities as she could. Magnuson’s fellow CattleWomen describe Susie as someone who is always willing to help and who values her community.
Magnuson graduated in 1970 from Arickaree High School, a small school in eastern Colorado near the town of Cope. She attended Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Upon graduating from college, she returned for a two year mission in the Congo. After her mission, she returned to Colorado and where she met Ted Magnuson. Ted and Susie were married in 1982 by Susie’s father and they lived on the family farm west of Eaton, where she still resides today.
In addition to being an outstanding CattleWoman and wife, Magnuson is a mother to two sons who now work on the family farm with her. In 2011 Susie was diagnosed with breast cancer, but fought it with all her faith and might and is now in remission.
Today Magnuson continues to support agriculture by serving as a board member on the Weld County Livestock Association and she attends local, state and national CattleWomen functions. She is also involved in her county chapter of the American Cancer Society, helps with the local MOPS (Mothers of Pre‐Schoolers)and is a vast supporter of the local FFA chapter just to name a few.