Summerour Ranch celebrated 80th anniversary
By Robin Scott
The Summerour Ranch, 16 miles northeast of Dalhart, celebrated its 80th anniversary in conjunction with its Cross Roads of the Cow Country Bull Sale. The sale was held on Monday, October 26th at the Summerour Ranch, in a sale barn designed especially for quickly herding each bull or heifer into the barn for auction. The sale marked the 38th annual sale for the ranch, which specializes in registered Hereford Cattle.
The Summerour Ranch is known for its annual bull sale that occurs in October of each year. The bulls for sale in the live auction were two-year-olds and coming two-year-olds. The ranch is dedicated to bringing into the herd one or two new bulls without cross bloodlines each year. The auction of 11 heifers bred to CJH 9005 Advance 414 due to calve in early spring 2010 followed the bulls. The day-long event has become a highly anticipated function for area residents, and not only serves the function of getting pedigree bulls and heifers sold, but serves as a gathering for friends and family and a chance to reminisce about the past and speculate about the future.
Before the auction got underway, a barbecue lunch was served. Guests discussed the different bulls up for auction and had a chance to see the bulls and heifers. The big purchaser of bulls for the day was by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Tommy Barnes served as auctioneer. Present at the auction were Craig Huffhines, Executive Vice President of the American Hereford Association, Adam Cotton with the American Hereford Association, Jack Chastain with the Texas Hereford Association and Jim Banner with the Southern Livestock Standard. Ringman for the event was James Boyd and Doris Conrad was acting Clerk.
Forty bulls went up for auction, each weighing in excess of 1,500 pounds, but most up near 1,800 pounds, and each bull was certified by the American Hereford Record and its lineage provided on a certificate of pedigree. For 80 years the Summerour Ranch has produced top quality range bulls for commercial customers. Each year the ranch sees repeat buyers attend the event, which is a great stamp of approval within the industry.
Jimmy, Johnny and Edward Berry “Buzz” Summerour all attended the auction. Johnny and Buzz work on the ranch daily along with their longtime foreman, Allan Ricketson. Today, the herd is approximately 125 registered cows. Johnny has served as the President of the Texas Hereford Association and all continue as members of the association. Johnny has also served as President of the Panhandle Hereford Breeders Association and Panhandle Livestock Association. Buzz has served on the Farm Bureau Board, the Dallam and Hartley County Stock Show Board, the Interstate Fair Board, and is currently on the ASCS Soil Conservation Board.
The Summerour Ranch remains active in livestock events in the Texas Panhandle. Bulls bred on the ranch are purchased and shipped all over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas regions, as well as throughout the United States.