Brian Smith, Lauderdale
Brian grew up in Green Hill in Lauderdale County and has lived on the family farm all his life. He graduated from Rogers High School and received a B.S. and Master’s degree from the University of North Alabama.
Under his leadership, the Junior Cattlemen’s membership grew to the largest in the state, and the county membership grew from 423 to 514. Brian, along with the juniors, led the incredible effort to raise funds and take 21 heifers to ranchers in South Dakota following a tragic snowstorm that wreaked havoc on cattle ranches in 2013. Read more about Brian in the March issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine.
Sabrina McKinney, Autauga
Sabrina of Autaugaville has been involved in the cattle industry since childhood. A longtime leader in the cattle industry, Sabrina is the past president of the Autauga County Cattlemen’s Association. She has been active in the Alabama Angus Association, American National Cattlewomen’s Association and the Alabama CattleWomen’s Association serving in multiple officers and on numerous committees. Read more about Sabrina in the March issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine.
Jim Jordan, Clay
Jim, Talledega, is a lifelong resident of Clay County. After graduating in 1992, he worked in the timber industry for many years and in 2002 started his own business, Envirogrind LLC, which he still runs today. He is owner and operator of 4J Farm, which is a small commercial cow/calf and registered show cattle operation. He and his wife of 21 years, Kim, have two sons, Will (16) and Russell (13) who are very active in the Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association. Read more about Jim in the March issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine.
Ashley Catrett, Crenshaw
Ashley is a native of Elba and attended Troy University where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Special Education. Currently, she is Director of Curriculum for Career and Technical Education, and Accountability for Crenshaw County Public Schools. Ashley, her husband Perry and two daughters, Cassidy and Cameron, own Shinglepile Creek Farm in Luverne, a 50-head commercial and purebred cow/calf operation.The cattle business is a family affair for the Catrett’s as Cassidy and Cameron have both grown up exhibiting and judging cattle. Read more about Ashley in the March issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine.