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Straight Up | February 2024

A conversation with everyday Stockmen,

Featuring Tyler Musgrave, Musgrave Angus of New Salem, Ill.

About the Stockman.

"As long as I can remember I have been taking care of cattle. As a little boy I have several great memories of helping my dad and brother working cattle and checking pastures. Raising Angus cattle is a true passion of mine as well as my dad, Melvin, and my brother, Andy. We’ve been having production sales annually since 1995 and it’s always been a “family” event. My parents first met while showing cattle at a fair and my brother and I also met our spouses (Sarah and Beth) through 4-H and showing cattle. In cattle terms, we are double bred cattle enthusiasts!"

What about the beef cattle industry excites you the most?

"I love genetics, they will play the biggest role in this industry. Genetic makeup will always trump indexes, EPDs, and $ value in my opinion. Know your cow families and pedigrees. It’s exciting to see how certain genetic crosses have worked in our herd."

What is your least favorite job on the ranch?

"If I never had to graft a calf again, that would be fine with me!"

What is the most used tool on your ranch? How old is it?

"Communication is key to any business; the cell phone has allowed me to easily connect with customers and help make daily plans on the farm. The only problem with it now is that I don’t get everyone called back, lol! I often miss the good old days when we didn’t have cell phones. How did we do it!?!"

Describe your best or worst day.

"Worst day ever: It’s March/April, you wake up to 32 to 36 degrees and it’s raining. Nothing kills calves faster, those days suck! Cold mud gives me nightmares! Best day ever: Sale day, regardless of the weather. It’s like Christmas morning. The buildup and anticipation are something we look forward to all year. I love seeing all the people and visiting about the cattle."

Your favorite non-ranch activity to do in your free time?

"I have four sons – I am game with anything they want to do."

The most important lesson you’ve learned in this business?

"Being patient and not to get disappointed when things don’t work out how you planned. I tell myself, things happen for a reason, good and bad. Don’t let yourself be discouraged, nothing positive will ever come from that mindset. If this business was easy everyone would be doing it!"

Which animal (any species) has left the greatest impact on you?

"Quite easily LD Capitalist 316. He’s a sire that opened the door for us, bringing international visitors and siring some of the great cattle in the breed. He and his sons, Exclusive, Colossal and Stunner have left an impact on the breed that will be hard to rival. I’m humbled by all the producers who have put their faith in these sires."

Upcoming Sale:

Annual Production Sale

March 16, 2024 - Griggsville, Ill.

Photos courtesy Tyler Musgrave

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