Smitty Lamb, current member of the American Angus Association Board of Directors, earnestly announces his candidacy to seek a second term on the Board.
Smitty attended the University of Georgia (UGA) and earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1990. While an undergraduate, Smitty was a member of the livestock, meats and horse judging teams. He also served as president of the UGA Block & Bridle Club, chairman of the Great Southland Stampede Rodeo, and was named Outstanding Block & Bridle Senior in 1990.
Smitty completed a master’s degree in meats and muscle biology from UGA in 1993. As a graduate student, he served as a teaching assistant and coached the 1991 UGA Meats Team. In 1992 the undergraduate animal science students selected him as outstanding graduate assistant of the year. His graduate research focused on growth and composition using implants in stocker and finishing cattle, as well as enzymatic tenderness research in beef cattle.
Smitty’s career has been anchored in agriculture, starting with the UGA Cooperative Extension Service as a county Extension agent; working with the Georgia Department of Education as an area livestock teacher; and currently as a cotton merchant, merchandising cotton for a large commodity trading company.
Smitty’s lifelong dream was to become a registered Angus seedstock producer. In 1997 he, along with his cousin Clint Smith and their families, purchased three Angus females — and Ogeechee Angus Farm was born. Ogeechee Angus has utilized extensive ET and AI, resulting in one of the most reliable sources of Angus genetics in the Southeast. Since 2017, Ogeechee Angus has marketed more than 100 registered Angus bulls annually. This past spring, Ogeechee Angus hosted their 16th-annual Angus Female Southern Synergy Sale at the farm in Wadley.
Constantly keeping the needs of commercial customers in mind, Ogeechee Angus has adopted a disciplined breeding approach, applying intense selection pressure for multiple traits of economic importance. Its breeding philosophy relies on a balance of reproductive and structural soundness, calving ease, rapid early growth and end-product merit, quantified by the most current genetic information. Smitty believes that the Angus cow’s unmatched maternal ability and the breed’s superior marbling have added more value to the industry domestically and around the globe than any other breed in the history of beef production.
Smitty says he is honored to have served a term on the American Angus Association Board of Directors, and values all of the friendships made and interactions with many members of the Association from across the country. During his first term, Smitty served on the following committees: Breed Improvement, Commercial Programs, Events and Education, Finance and Planning, Research Priorities, and the Executive Committee. Positions of committee leadership include terms as vice chair of Events and Education and chairman of Breed Improvement. Smitty also served two terms on the Board of Angus Productions Inc. (API). He is currently a member of the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) Board of Directors and is chairman of the Board of Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI).
Smitty and his wife, SuzAnne, are blessed with a growing family. The Lamb family includes Tatum, Brice, Braxton and Enon Wilson; and Beau, Madi and Iley Grace Lamb. The Lambs are members of Tifton First United Methodist Church, where Smitty has served in various leadership roles through the years.
Smitty is honored to be an Angus breeder, and blessed to have raised his family in and around agriculture and fellow cattle producers. It is his belief that the American Angus Association, first and foremost, is a member services organization with the overarching challenge to ensure Angus cattle remain the dominant breed in the beef cattle industry.
If reelected, Smitty will draw on his passion for Angus cattle; his scientific, educational and research background; real-world production agriculture; and his daily involvement with ag economics and markets to serve the membership of the American Angus Association.