Chris Scharbauer, who resides in Amarillo, Texas but calls Midland his home, raises commercial Hereford and Angus cattle. He is president and owner of Scharbauer Cattle Company and owner of the Five S Ranch in the Texas Panhandle and previously managed family ranches in Midland, Martin, Andrews, and Ector counties in Texas and Lea and Chaves counties in New Mexico.
Chris is the fourth generation of a family that began ranching sheep in 1883 and brought some of the first registered Hereford cattle to West Texas in the late 1880’s.
He is a 1973 graduate of Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program in Fort Worth and has served as president of the Alumni Association. Scharbauer was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus in 2006.
He served as co-chairman of the Midland Centennial in 1985 and the Texas Sesquicentennial for Midland in 1986 and received the Distinguished Service Award in Midland and was named the “Man of the Year” for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service District 6.
A Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association director since 1979, he has served on the Executive Committee and as chairman of the Brand and Inspection Committee. He has served as a Texas director of the American Quarter Horse Association, director of the Texas Hereford Association and the Sand-Hills Hereford and Quarter Horse show in Odessa, director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation and served on the Ranching Heritage board. He was also recognized as the National Hereford Show Honoree at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in 2008.
Scharbauer has served many times as a judge for the THA Replacement Female Sale in Fort Worth and as the grader for the San Antonio Livestock Exposition All Breed Bull Sale, as well as judging the Hereford Carload Bull Show in Denver.
Chris is a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Amarillo and has served by going to China for an agricultural mission trip. He and his wife, La Vonne, have five children, Christen, Meghan, John Christian, Audra and Rachelle Clare and two grandchildren.