COARSEGOLD — It should come as no surprise that a banquet honoring the men and women of the beef industry would serve steak dinners to its members. Awards and scholarships were presented Friday night during the Madera County Cattlemen’s Association annual dinner meeting at the Coarsegold Community Center.
After dinner, Clay Daulton introduced the Cowboy and Cowgirl of the Year John and Molly Combs of Raymond. They were presented with plaques and certificates from the Madera County Board of Supervisors and resolutions from Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals.
Working ranchers, the Combs bought 200 head of cattle last year at the Superior Livestock Auction. They received the steers in Oregon and shipped them to Raymond. The steers were moved through about 1,500 acres of range near Eastman Lake and Lake McClure in Mariposa. The association began giving this award in 1975.
Neil McDougald introduced Bigelow as the 50th Cattleman of the Year, awarded annually since 1963. A visibly emotional Bigelow said that with the time necessary to serve as representative for the 5th Assembly District his sons Frankie and Matt were the reason Bigelow Farms continues to operate...