Ranching Woman of the Year

Bev Fryer Ranching Woman of the YearEach year. MSGA recognizes the Montana Ranching Woman of the Year. The annual award is presented to an MSGA member who has made great contributions to the Montana ranching community and has gone above and beyond to support their family and friends. Nominations are due October 31 and the recipient will be recognized at MSGA’s Annual Convention.

“Women are often the backbone of Montana’s ranching communities. These women often go above and beyond to support their immediate family members and pitch in whenever the need arises in their communities,” said Gene Curry, MSGA President from Valier. “We look forward to recognizing these accomplished women each year at our annual convention and thanking them for their hard work.”

Nomination letters submitted by family or close friends should identify a ranching woman, who is a member of Montana Stockgrowers, describe her role on the ranch, and the characteristics that set her apart when supporting the family and ranch, as well as describe her involvement in community efforts. Biographies should include the ranching woman’s hometown, family members, and number of years involved in ranching activities.

Along with the nomination biography, submissions should include photos depicting the ranching woman’s family, ranch and community involvement.

Nominations should be submitted to the Montana Stockgrowers office by October 31 each year via mail (420 N. California, Helena, MT  59601) or email (lorrie@mtbeef.org). For more information contact the MSGA office at (406) 442-3420.


Ranching Woman of the Year Honorees

Linda Swanz

2016 - Linda Swanz, Judith Gap

Linda (Hannah) Swanz grew up in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains south of Moore, MT. Linda is involved in the Central Montana Cattlewomen, the Montana Cattlewomen, and the Montana Beef Council. She was a 4-H leader for many years, has received honorary FFA degrees, and has been involved in numerous other agricultural and community related activities.

Click here to learn more about Linda's story.

Lila Taylor

2015 - Lila Taylor, Kirby

Lila (Vescovi) Taylor was born into a dairy family outside of Roundup. After the dairy burned down, her family bought into the Registered Polled Hereford business. Her parents, Earl and Wasy, became successful breeders and were eventually inducted into the Polled Hereford Hall of Fame. She was her dad’s right hand man, learning all aspects of the cattle industry and business. She began delivering bulls across Montana and neighboring states when she was just 15 years old.

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Bev Fryer

2014 - Bev Fryer, White Sulphur Springs

Bev Fryer ranches with her husband, Ed, near White Sulfur Springs. Alongside raising a family, the Fryers raise cattle at the Castle Mountain Ranch, where Bev takes charge of training horses and calving more than 300 heifers each spring. Bev is active in area youth and CattleWomen’s activities, ranch rodeos, and guides hunters looking for elk each year.

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Glenna Stucky

2013 - Glenna Stucky, Avon

Glenna Stucky ranches with her husband, Earl, near Avon. Along with raising their family, Glenna has been heavily involved in local 4-H programs, CattleWomen’s activities and several community events. Family friends Ed and Bev Fryer describe Glenna as “just one of those people that when you meet them, you know that they are very happy and successful being a Ranch Woman.”

Past Honorees

Past Ranching Woman of the Year honorees include Floydena Garrison of Glen, Helen Hougen of Melstone, Marian Hanson of Ashland, Carol Mosher of Augusta, Donna Sitz-Arthun of Billings, Holley Smith of Glen.

Learn more about Montana Ranching Women

Ladies and Livestock, the second book in the Montana Family Ranching Series, is a multimedia exploration of the roles of Montana women on the ranch. This book features over 130 pages of stories, photographs and video features of the ladies who raise livestock, care for the land, and build their family’s legacy on Montana ranches. Not only are these Montana women working on the ranch, many have jobs in town, volunteer in their communities, and are involved in the legislation process of issues affecting agriculture. Not only can a reader see photographs, but can hear the woman tell her own story and see the emotion on her face as she talks about how important her family is to her.

This book can be purchased for only $14.99 exclusively on iTunes. Click here to purchase. Proceeds from the book support the The Montana Stockgrowers Foundation.

Ladies and Livestock