Licensed in: WY, MT
Cheryl Summer is a Wyoming ranch property broker for Fay Ranches. Having spent her youth on the family dairy farm in the middle of Michigan’s “mitten,” the concept and practice of stewardship was deeply instilled within her. She learned principles she brings to her profession today: You don’t quit and go to the house until all the chores are done, until every living thing that depends on you is well cared for, and until everything you are responsible for has been checked off. Rather than being a burden, the early mornings and late nights tending livestock, and planting and harvesting forged a strong bond with family and with the land.
Evolving practices of land stewardship and a keen interest in regenerative agriculture methods led Cheryl to attend a management-intensive grazing seminar with Jim Gerrish, where she learned, and then applied, rotational grazing methods with stocker cattle. She transitioned the row-crop production to a fully-certified organic farm, growing forages, small grains and soybeans. With a breeding stable of thoroughbreds, training practices evolved from the old style of breaking colts to the more productive methods of imprinting and working with a horse.
Cheryl’s love for the land and livestock extends to wildlife. Spending all her free time in the woods practicing her tracking skills and birding led her to the field of Fisheries and Wildlife Management, then to Wildlife Toxicology. That specialization had her living on boats and working with Great Lakes’ waterbird populations. From there, research grants took her to Midway Island to work with albatrosses, studying the effects of global environmental contaminants on their reproduction.
Returning to a focus on agriculture, Cheryl joined a start-up tech firm, developing innovative risk management tools to hedge grain for producers and grain originators. This transition brought her to Kaycee and Johnson County, Wyoming, which has now been her home long enough to see both times of drought and times of plenty. Cheryl then went to work as a ranch hand to learn first-hand how to apply her knowledge of land and livestock to the rangelands of the west.
For Cheryl, licensed since 2007, the opportunity to work with people who love the land— whether it be the grass rangelands or the mountain elk country, gorgeous lifestyle ranches or a pivot irrigated hay farm—has been incredibly rewarding. Having been in the ranch brokerage business for the extent of her real estate career, Cheryl enjoys forging relationships with clients and helping them achieve their goals. She also applies her ethic of hard work, truth and honesty, putting others first, and attention to detail to every relationship.
Cheryl enjoys volunteering within her community and serves on the Wyoming Agricultural Leadership Council board of directors, which administers the Wyoming Leadership Education and Development program. She is a member of her local Search and Rescue unit and is active in her church. Free time for Cheryl is filled with hiking and exploring as many corners of the landscape as she can with Joe Henry, her awesome English Shepherd. She also enjoys helping the neighbors work cows, music, photography and travel.
1 Active Properties Listed by Cheryl Summer
Wild lupine bloom in the spring and cover the rolling hills, cattle graze throughout the summer, and the elk are pursued in search of a trophy. This Bighorn Mountain in Wyoming property offers a large, protected block of deeded acreage. A log cabin on the property provides for comfortable, traditional rustic mountain living. While the name ‘Bull Camp’ refers to the area’s history of ranching and cattle, today the name can be applied to the elk and the sport of trophy bull elk hunting.
2 Listings Sold by Cheryl Summer
This ranch offers modern amenities in the midst of a landscape and community reminiscent of the old west. Providing an inviting, relaxing setting for family, friends and associates this property is well suited as a family home or a corporate retreat destination. Flanked by the ‘red wall’, the valley is green with irrigated meadows and a year-round trout stream.
This is a versatile property suitable for private and secure living, telecommuting or as a small farm and ranch enterprise. The beautiful, custom home is very private and looks out over irrigated hay meadows to see as far as the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. The property has two additional homes, a shop and an outdoor riding arena.
Articles Authored by Cheryl Summer
The Steiner Rodeo Family from Texas, Taylor Sheridan, and Bosque Ranch Productions brought the debut of the Yellowstone Riggin’ Rally to Darby, MT. The Rally hosted the top 24 Bareback Riders from the PRCA, a $30,000 purse, and nearly 2,000 fans. In attendance were the cast members of the Taylor Sheridan and Bosque Ranch Productions […]
Cole Reiner is sponsored by Fay Ranches Ranch Sales Agents: Neil Bangs, Kevin Stowe, Cheryl Summer, Mike Konstant, Kebi Smith, RJ Patterson, Dixie Barry, Alex Robertson, John Anderson, Scott Hawes, A note from Cole Reiner Growing up on our family ranch just outside Buffalo, Wyoming, I’ve always been involved in the western way of […]
Lisa Lockhart is sponsored by Fay Ranches Sales Agents: Kebi Smith, Neil Bangs, Kevin Stowe, Cheryl Summer, Mike Konstant, RJ Patterson, John Anderson, Kimberly Lowry, Dixie Barry As a native of Montana being raised on a farm/ranch, the western lifestyle of being dependent upon the land and caring for animals is a value that was ingrained […]