Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame

Debter Hereford Farm

Corporate Partner for 4-H Livestock

Inducted November 13, 2008

The Debter Hereford Farm, located in north-central Alabama in Horton, promotes and encourages young people in the area of livestock judging, herdsmenship, production, and animal agriculture.

For more than 30 years, the Debter family has held the North Alabama District 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. Their hard work and dedication make this contest an enjoyable and educational day. As hosts, they showcase Alabama’s livestock industry and, through their example, encourage young people to continue the tradition of farming and animal agriculture.

Planning by the Debter Hereford farm owners, Extension staff and the Blount County Cattlewomen’s Association provides a solid educational day, where 4-H members judge and evaluate animals, take notes, answer questions, practice reasons, and defend their rankings of the animals with oral presentations. The top individuals and top teams are recognized and youth from as many as 15 counties participate.

This fourth-generation family ranching operation, which utilizes solid performance cattle and innovative and modern ideas, has been in the registered Hereford business for 60 years. The Debter Hereford Farm has held many American Hereford Association events and activities.

Debter Hereford Farm is owned by Glenn and Bobbie Debter and their two sons, James and Perry. Glynn’s grandfather, M.D. Debter started the farm in the late 1800s as a working row crop farm along with a small herd of commercial cattle. ln 1993, Glynn’s father, Ross, married and purchased an adjoining farm. In 1948, Glynn purchased two registered Hereford heifers for his 4-H project. Perry and James followed their dad with their 4-H beef projects. From that start Glynn, Perry, James, and now, grandson, John Ross have turned the farm into the award-winning production business. For six generations the family has worked and lived on the original Debter home place. Currently, there are three generations proudly living and working together on the farm.

Nominated by 4-H Livestock Staff