Bill Davis was born in January 1951 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He spent his childhood directly influenced by his Grandfather’s various cattle related businesses; Northwest Arkansas Packing Co., and Washington County Sale Barn, plus the ranch, where the family lived, backgrounded and raised stockers for the packing plant.
Bill’s father, Jake, who rodeoed and worked on the ranch later made the decision to begin a career in retail truck sales and moved his young family to Little Rock, where Bill graduated from Catholic High School. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and began his own career in retail truck sales selling Peterbuilt trucks.
In 1975, Bill made the decision to form his own trucking company, Bill Davis Trucking, Inc., which he and wife, Gail, still continue to operate today.
1987 brought a new career path with the formation of Bill Davis Racing, Inc., which Bill and Gail owned until the end of the 2008 NASCAR season. Their NASCAR career brought a total of 40 wins, 68 poles, 182 top 5 finishes, 383 top 10 finishes, along with the 2002 Daytona 500 Championship; a prestigious 2001 Southern 500 win, plus the 2008 NASCAR Truck Series Championship and overall winning of $73,141,688.
During both of his careers Bill never forgot his love of cattle and horses so when the opportunity presented itself to buy the property which later became the headquarters for Chimney Rock Cattle Co., Bill and Gail jumped at the chance.
Having watched the cattle industry from a distance, Bill’s choice was Brangus commercial cattle. He states that “the Brangus influenced momma cow was the clear cut choice with our abundance of fescue grass, heat and humidity, plus their ability to perform in the pasture, feedyard and packing house made our decision easy.”
When the time came to add the bulls to their growing commercial operation, Bill and Gail looked to Camp Cooley Ranch in Franklin, Texas, and also Suhn Cattle Company. At Camp Cooley many new friendships and business relationships developed which continue today, including his partners in GENETRUST, plus many others.
The year 2003 brought yet another new challenge for Chimney Rock. After two years of raising E.T. calves for Camp Cooley the decision was made to add a registered herd to the growing commercial herd of Brangus cattle. With the guidance of Camp Cooley’s, Craig Green, Chimney Rock began buying some of the top picks from most of the top Brangus herds in the country. The year 2003 was a milestone for Chimney Rock. Camp Cooley announced they would sell all cattle six years or older. Green studied the offering and recommended 20 cows for Bill to consider. At the end of the sale Chimney Rock owned 18 of those choices, including; 55F2, 99F12, 98E24, 675D4, 535C4, and 535F55. After these purchases Chimney Rock had a proven donor herd that started their very aggressive donor program that continues today.
Blackhawk of Brinks 607M12, was Chimney Rock’s first herd sire, with many daughters and granddaughters still working in the herd. Newt of Brinks 302P16, was selected as the next senior herd sire and did an outstanding job on the Blackhawk progeny. The next herd sire selection was Suhn’s Next Step 331R7, who has contributed greatly to the female base at Chimney Rock.
The year 2009 saw the formation of GENETRUST Brangus and the inaugural GENETRUST at Chimney Rock Cattle Co. Sale took place in November. The acceptance of GENETRUST has been overwhelming. In their own field, ten successful, very opinionated and strong willed individuals came together. They had a common goal to produce functional cattle for the commercial and purebred cattlemen, has been a very rewarding experience for the Davis’.
The Davis’ are very excited about the future of Brangus cattle and the continued success of GENETRUST.