SRA - Solid Rock Angus
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The Solid Rock Angus program consists of a high quality set of registered Angus females that we utilize as seed stock to produce genetics that we believe will have a positive impact in our customers’ programs.

In addition to the purebred cattle, we also maintain a large commercial cow-calf operation as well as a backgrounding program. It takes a team of hardworking, dedicated individuals to manage and oversee the entire program. We could not operate at this level without the support of these special people!
About Sammy Ayres - Manager
At the young age of 12, I was introduced to the Angus business thru our family Angus farm, Dixie Stock Farms. This fostered what would become my life’s passion. In the years to follow, I managed 200 Angus females while pursuing an Agriculture/Business degree from Eastern Kentucky University. After graduation, I continued to work on the family farm taking full advantage of every opportunity it had to offer. At the time of our dispersion in 2000, I had built our private bull treaty sales to over 80 bulls pe year.
Connie and Sammy  Ayres
Connie and Sammy Ayres

Although my daily work responsibilities took a different focus over the next 13 years, I remained active in the Angus circles by working with several of my nephew’s while they started their own herds. In 2012, I was able to once again pursue my passion of managing Angus cattle, when I was asked to join the Solid Rock Angus team as General Manager. In the past three years, we have been able to grow our herd into a solid, dependable set of females that excel in maternal traits, while keeping an eye on carcass genetics.

Connie, my wife of 35 years and our two sons have encouraged and supported me unconditionally throughout this journey, and for that, I am forever grateful.

SRA Staff
SRA staff
John Sparks—Steer Division Manager
I was raised in Bourbon County, Kentucky on beef cattle and tobacco farming operations. In May 1998, I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree with an emphasis in Livestock Production. I currently reside in Bourbon County with my wife of 15 years Melody, and our two daughters, Maggie-age 10 and Macie-age 7. My current farming operations consists of 3,500 head of feeder cattle and 40 acres of burley tobacco. I also serve as a partner in several entities that buy and sell farmland, I’m a realtor and part owner of KY Farmland Realty and an active member of Grace Baptist Church where I currently serves as Chairman of the Trustees. I have been blessed in that I have been able to do what I love for the past 24 years and still counting.
SRA Owners
SRA owners
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