Christina Rhyne, a Moffat County Cattlewomen member, stands in the meat department at City Market in Craig, where she does beef promotional demonstrations for the group. The Colorado Cattlewomen’s Association named Rhyne its Rookie of the Year at its Jan. 17 banquet in Denver.

Photo by Bridget Manley

Christina Rhyne, a Moffat County Cattlewomen member, stands in the meat department at City Market in Craig, where she does beef promotional demonstrations for the group. The Colorado Cattlewomen’s Association named Rhyne its Rookie of the Year at its Jan. 17 banquet in Denver.

Cattlewomen’s Association names Craig native Christina Rhyne Rookie of the Year

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The Colorado Cattlewomen’s Association selected Craig native Christina Rhyne as its Rookie of the Year.

Rhyne received the award during a Cattlewomen’s Association banquet Jan. 17 in Denver.

The award recognizes a new member who helps promote agriculture and the beef industry.

Grass-fed beef, grain-fed beef, organic beef — what’s the difference?

It’s a question Craig native Christina Rhyne tries to help shoppers answer as they navigate the meat section of City Market in Craig.

“I think it’s important to know about agriculture in general because that’s where our food and fiber comes from,” said Rhyne, 31, a Moffat County Cattlewomen member. “And the more that we know about that, the better choices that we can make.”

For her presentations at City Market, along with her other efforts to promote agriculture and the beef industry, the Colorado Cattlewomen’s Association named her its Rookie of the Year at an annual banquet Jan. 17 in Denver.

The Moffat County Cattlewomen, the association’s local chapter, nominated Rhyne for the award, which recognizes women who have been involved with the organization for less than three years and have made efforts to promote agriculture and the beef industry, said Betty Ann Duzik, Moffat County Cattlewomen president and Rhyne’s mother.

From there, the nominations go to the state association, which makes the final selection.

Ramona Green, another Moffat County Cattlewomen member, believes Rhyne has the know-how and gumption worthy of the award.

“She’s a little go-getter,” Green said, and can be counted on to follow through on her many volunteer projects.

That includes helping with the annual Ag Day, which is designed to teach Craig fourth-graders about agriculture and its history in Moffat County, Rhyne said.

She has more than a passing interest in the subject. She grew up on a hog and cattle operation near Craig, she said. She later went on to join the college meat judging team at the University of Wyoming.

Her interest in meat production propelled her toward the Moffat County Cattlewomen and its relaunch of its beef promotional events, which include her occasional presentations at City Market, she said.

Rhyne also sunk roots into other realms of the agricultural lifestyle.

She’s a leader for the Elkhead Wranglers 4-H club and has judged the carcass contests at fairs in Routt and Jackson counties.

Her interest in ranching extends to her job as a rangeland management specialist with the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, where she administers grazing permits for BLM land in Moffat and Routt counties.

It’s not a small responsibility, either. The office’s jurisdiction covers about 1.3 million acres of BLM lands stretching from the Utah border to Routt National Forest, Rhyne said.

In Green’s eyes, Rhyne’s selection for the award reflects well on the Moffat County Cattlewomen as a whole.

“We were excited that they recognized us little people over here on the West Slope,” she said.

Yet it doesn’t diminish the personal aspect of the award, which Green believes Rhyne well deserves.

“We were excited that she got in there because she is a very active little gal,” Green said.

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