Arizona cattlewoman of the year

ASC Past President Pam Turnbull, Chuck & Trudy Birkemeyer, ASC Past President Carole Wager, and ASC President Marie Pyeatt, July 25, 2018

Trudy and her husband of fifty-nine years, Chuck, have four children and several grandchildren.


Trudy has developed a composite herd consisting of a Red Angus/Balancer cross. She knows every cow and calf and who their mothers are. Trudy has said she cannot bear to go to a sale where her old cows are being sold. A little piece of her goes with them. 

Trudy is a local and state Cowbelle member. She is on the boards of the Yavapai Cattle Growers Association and the local Natural Resource Conservation District. Trudy was a 4H leader for thirty-three years. She has been involved on the board of the county extension service. 

Trudy and her family have been recognized and featured in various newspaper articles concerning ranching. Trudy always promotes ranch life. She just doesn't just talk about ranch life; she lives it. She rides, helps with branding, and makes the day-to-day decisions.Trudy feels it is her job to educate children on the importance of ranching and the beef industry. 

To sum it up, Trudy is the real deal! Well deserved, Trudy!


Past Arizona cattlewomen of the year

2017

Betty Jo Nicholson, Willcox

2017

Marie Pyeatt, Elgin

2016

Janice Bryson, Buckeye

2015

Keri Jelks, Canelo Hills

2014

Mary Jo Rideout, Red Rock

2013

Vicki Wilkinson, Chino Valley

2012

Lou Apperson, Sonoita.

2011

Dorothy Steinhoff, Laveen

2010

Velma Tucker, Roosevelt

2009

Linda Brake, Elgin

2008

Linda Vensel, Patagonia

2007

Kathy Moore, Congress

2006

Daisy Mae Cannon, Duncan

2005

Doris French, Glendale

2004

Posy Piper, Patagonia

2003

Phyllis Gates, Mayer

2002

Lois Claridge, Safford

2001

Dorothy Johnson, Gilbert

2000

Ann Jeffers, Holbrook

1999

Peggy Monzingo, Benson