Saddle and Sirloin Club to honor Col. Ray Sims

Oct 1, 2010
by WLJ

If you were among Angus breeders marketing cattle during the emerging auction methods of the 1950s and 1960s, Col. Ray Sims was likely at the top of your auctioneer list.

Sims, who now resides in Raymore, MO, helped develop purebred auctions into fast-paced and steady marketing venues and helped lay the foundation of many modern auction techniques.

During his 46-year career, Sims traveled throughout the U.S., selling for both large- and small-scale livestock breeders, senators and three U.S. presidents— more than an estimated 7,000 auctions total.

Sims will be honored for his contributions to the industry as he receives the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Award this fall during a special ceremony in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY.

Those interested in attending can contact portrait committee co-chairmen John Barton at 816/942-0418 or Darrel Overholt at 405/372-5497. Tickets cost $50 each and are available until Oct. 20. Checks may be made payable to the Ray Sims Portrait Committee or the Angus Foundation and sent to John Barton, P.O. Box 4803, Kansas City, MO, 64148. — WLJ