Coming from a long line of farmers and cattlemen, Margaret Ann Smith had one dream upon graduation from Kansas State University. After returning to the family farm – Lexington, Viriginia – in 2003, her determination accelerated her to create Southlex Cattle Company and maintain the business for 10 years. As the sixth generation to operate a business in the cattle industry, Margaret Ann will continue to evolve Southlex Cattle Company.

Serving as a 4-H leader, in her community, Margaret Ann is able to work with youth to help them achieve their 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/Rockbridge 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.


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