Ann Samford Upchurch


Ann Samford Upchurch grew up in Birmingham and attended Brooke Hill School for Girls. She later graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, with a degree in philosophy.

In 1962, she and her husband, the late Dr. Sam Upchurch, acquired Grey Rocks Ranch in Autauga County. After her husband’s death, she continued to build the ranch into one of the largest and best purebred Santa Gertrudis cattle operations in Alabama. She spends three to four days each week in hands-on operation of the ranch, keeping records and matching purebred blood lines and pedigrees for optimum progeny results. Ann has a deep concern for the cattle and agricultural industries in Alabama and the people who make their living in this arena. She believes that purebred cattle herds exist for the primary purpose of providing seedstock to commercial producers. Her belief is so strong that she has a demonstration herd of commercial cattle on her own ranch.

Ann has been an active supporter of Auburn University and its agricultural programs. The Samuel Earl Upchurch Endowment Scholarship, honoring her late husband, has provided support to Auburn University students for the past several years. She frequently has donated the services of her top-producing animals to the teaching and research programs in the animal and dairy sciences department at Auburn.

Ann was the first female to be elected into the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame and has served as the producer representative to the Beef Cattle Improvement Association board of directors.

She has three children; twin daughters, Ginger and Kathy, both medical doctors; and Sam Jr., who is an attorney.