GLYNN DEBTER of Horton, a lifelong Alabama cattleman, got his start in the cattle business in 1948 with two registered Hereford heifers purchased for his 4-H beef project. Today, Debter Hereford Farm is recognized and respected industrywide for its emphasis on herd improvement through genetics and for the solid, performance-tested Hereford bulls and heifers it produces.
Key to the Blount County ranch’s success has been its exceptional breeding program. Debter heifers are known for their breeding soundness, fertility, mild temperaments and udder quality; Debter bulls are valued for their quality, soundness, stoutness, pedigree and proven performance. At the nation’s premier bull sale in Denver in 1991, a Debter bull was the top seller, commanding $45,000.
Since 1972, the Debter family farm has hosted its own Hereford bull sale, an annual fall event that draws producers from across the U.S. To date, Debter bulls and heifers have been sold to cattle operations in 40 different states.
Throughout his career, Debter has been a leader in and promoter of the Hereford breed and the cattle industry in general, serving as president, director or chairman of numerous state and national cattle organizations. Those include the Alabama Cattleman’s, American Hereford, Alabama All Breeds and Beef Cattle Improvement associations and the Beef Improvement Federation.
He also is dedicated to educational and outreach efforts, regularly opening his farm to college judging teams, tour groups, producer field days and 4-H clubs. Enlisting the aid of former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, Debter sponsored, organized and hosted a successful fundraiser for the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Large Animal Teaching Hospital. He also served on the college’s large-animal advisory council.
He was inducted into the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame in 1989 and is a former Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in agribusiness.
Debter was married for 61 years to his wife and business partner, Bobbie, who passed away in 2015. The Debters were devoted members of New Prospect Baptist Church, where he chaired the Deacon’s Board for 20 years and remains a member. The couple has two sons, James and Perry; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Debter Hereford Farm is a family operation in the truest sense of the word, with five generations of Debters working together daily.