About ASC

The Arizona State Cowbelles work to contribute to the success of the beef cattle community by engaging in activities designed to:

  • Promote the consumption of beef by engaging the public about its benefits
  • Advocate statewide and nationally for the interests of the beef community
  • Promote the heritage of ranching and support youth interested in agriculture
  • Share the contributions of the rancher in stewardship of the land and protecting the environment
  • Participate in and contribute to the American National CattleWomen, Inc

Women from all over the state of Arizona are welcome to join and to participate in the efforts to promote beef and engage customers about beef and the ranching industry. ASC events include:

  • Ranch day experiences for schools
  • Ranch tours for adults
  • Safe food handling and nutrition workshops
  • Arizona Beef Ambassador Contest
  • Assist with Ag Literacy Program
  • Community services and events
  • Scholarships
  • Statewide culinary events

History of the Arizona State Cowbelles

The Arizona State Cowbelles is an organization rich in history. “The Cowbelles” was organized as a social club by sixteen ranch wives in Douglas, a town in the very southeastern corner of Arizona, on October 17, 1939. The group’s purpose was “to promote family and social relations between cattle people and to cooperate for the best interests of our industry, our community, and our country”. One of the ladies’ first service projects was sewing quilts to donate to those in need. Soon they realized the need to educate consumers about the benefits of beef in the diet; many programs and activities were developed to accomplish this task.

Other women in Arizona heard about the unique Douglas group and all they were doing to promote beef. Thus, the Arizona State Cowbelles were organized in January, 1947, during the annual convention of the American National Cattlemen’s Association in Phoenix. As many as fifteen local Cowbelles groups have been active at one time throughout the state. Eventually a national organization was formed, now our American National CattleWomen, in 1952. 

Over the years, the Arizona State Cowbelles have turned their primary focus to beef promotion and consumer education regarding the nutritional value of beef. Cowbelles work hand in hand with the Arizona Beef Council to bring the message of ranching and the beef industry to their local schools, communities and businesses. The organization, both statewide and locally, provide educational scholarships for Arizona’s youth. Cowbelles are also involved in legislative issues affecting the cattle industry.

For 73 years we have worked hard to tell the beef story and we’re proud that so many other states have joined us to further the American beef industry!


Where It All Started (in order of date founded):

  1. The Cowbelles - October 17, 1939
  2. Willcox Cowbelles - September 28, 1946
  3. Laveen Cowbelles - January 19, 1947
  4. Mohave Cowbelles - February 15, 1947; inactive since 2002
  5. Northern Arizona Cowbelles - February 19, 1947
  6. Santa Cruz Cowbelles - November 4, 1947
  7. Greenlee Cowbelles - June 4, 1948
  8. Yavapai Cowbelles - March 19, 1949
  9. Yuma Cowbelles - February 22, 1952; reactivated as Yuma CattleWomen in 2011
  10. Mount Graham Cowbelles - January 1954; inactive since 1963
  11. Tucson Cowbelles - February 8, 1954
  12. Blue River Cowbelles - September 25, 1954
  13. San Pedro Cowbelles - June 13, 1956; inactive since 1997
  14. Camelback Cowbelles - November 1959
  15. Gila County Cowbelles - October 1971
  16. Maricopa CattleWomen (Laveen and Camelback combined) - 1989
  17. Tonto Cowbelles - 2000