Raised on a small farm in Lynnville, Tennessee, Ben’s involvement in the cattle industry has grown from a childhood job to the global cattle business by representing U.S. cattle producers on the Five Nations Beef Alliance and involvement with multiple national associations. This also includes two decades of experience with purebred and commercial herd management, direct marketing of feeder and fat cattle, livestock feed sales and nutritional consulting, and now, owning Light Hill Meats. Light Hill Meats is a completed integrated business that consists of a cow herd that has been designed over a decade to make the best quality beef possible, a USDA-inspected processing facility in Lynnville, TN as well as the Light Hill Meats butcher shop in Spring Hill, TN.  

He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee-Martin and later earned a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Operations and Masters of Business Administration from UTM. 

He and his wife Lauren have four children and reside in Columbia, Tenn.


Taylor Rowell was born and raised in San Diego, California and attended college in San Luis Obispo, California. While in school, he worked at the local grocery store meat department and learned about the all the possibilities the grill had in store. This experience sparked his passion for a forgotten art: butchery.

Constantly seeking new ideas and learning through experience, he has become a trusted source for his expertise on all things meat. With his 12 years of experience, Taylor utilizes his skill of fine craftsmanship and knowledge behind the counter. Feel free to ask him questions about cuts and meal preparations.

STEVEN VALERO, Assistant Butcher

Steven Valero was born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After high school, he moved to middle Tennessee with his girlfriend and worked for Taylor at a Nashville grocery store. Taylor saw great potential in Steven and moved him from the kitchen to the meat department. When Taylor began working for Light Hill Meats, he thought highly enough of Steven that he recommended to Light Hill Meats' owner that Steven come along, as well, and be made assistant butcher. Steven loves getting to know the customers at the store and is also a liaison for Light Hill Meat's processing facility in Lynnville. Fun fact: Steven is bilingual...proficient in English and Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys UFC fighting and spending time with his girlfriend.

Lauren Neale was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa and majored in both Journalism and Anthropology. For nearly four years, Lauren worked to "tell the story of Montana family ranching" for the Montana Stockgrowers Association. This multimedia project sent her across Montana to gather photos and videos of Montana ranchers to share on social media with the goal of creating a positive message of the beef community.
Lauren also published a coffee table photo book with these images and stories called: "Big Sky Boots: Working Seasons of a Montana Cowboy." In 2013, she won the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Excellence in Public Relations and Communications Award for her work. She also won Vance Publishing's 40 Under 40 Award in 2015.
Lauren is currently the Director of Communications for the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association. In this role, she manages all online content and is the editor of TCA's monthly magazine, Tennessee Cattle Business. In 2018, Lauren was named one of Murfreesboro Magazine's 20 Under 40 Young Professionals.  At the 2019 TCA Convention & Trade Show, Lauren received the honor of the President's Award for her work developing strong communication platforms for the association.
Lauren handles all the marketing and communications for Light Hill Meats, where she and her husband, Ben, are the owners. Please reach out to Lauren with all media inquiries. 

TAMMY LOWE, Office Administrator

Tammy Lowe is Light Hill Meat's processing facility office administrator in Lynnville, Tennessee. She handles scheduling, oversight, and customer service. When you call the plant, you will most likely speak with her. She is a mother of two and has one grandson. She and her husband, Gary, met at a young age and together they raise beef cattle and sheep in Marshall County. Tammy has been with LHM for five years.