Meet Margaret Ann Smith
Margaret Ann Smith comes from a long line of cattlemen. She represents the sixth generation of her family to be involved in agriculture. Margaret has always known she wanted this to be her career path. With practical experience and hands on training at the side of her dad and an advanced education at Kansas State University she has developed experience, knowledge and a network of people to help cultivate her dream of being successful in the cattle industry.
After graduating from Kansas State University she returned to the family farm – Lexington, Viriginia – in 2003. With determination and a vision she created Southlex Cattle Company, a cattle operation that locates high quality feeder cattle from the eastern and south eastern parts of the U.S and turns them around in two days to go all over the country to her broad spectrum of clients. In addition to selling and turning the cattle to the customer in a two day window Southlex does provide a backgrounding program for cattle if needed.
Margaret is one to always give back to her community and industry. She serves as a 4- H leader for the local clubs and cherishes the opportunity to work with youth and help them achieve their own goals.
Currently, she is a member of the Kansas Livestock Association, Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). She is active in Farm Bureau and recently served a two year appointment on the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, as well as serving for five years on the Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. Margaret Ann also served on the Lexington/Rock-bridge Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was the 2013 and 2014 Vice Chair of NCBA Livestock Marketing Council Young Cattlemen’s Conference.
Today, Margaret Ann focuses her efforts with a few key organizations: NCBA Young Producers Council and Five Nationals Beef Alliance Young Beef Leader.