Charles Mogck is a third-generation Angus breeder in South Dakota. His grandfather, Adolph Mogck, was the first person to have Angus cattle in the area and joined the American Angus Association in 1945 as Mogck Angus. Charles’s dad, Duane, later joined the Angus Association under the membership of Mogck & Sons Angus, which Charles and his family continue today.
As a child, Charles was in love with Angus cattle and attended every sale and show he could go to with his dad. With his dad’s help, he slowly increased his herd and started to show in 4-H and also in state, regional and national Angus junior shows. They enrolled in the AHIR® program and made sure the herd stayed a performance herd. Bulls were sold privately until 1984, when they had their first production sale.
In 1982 Charles started college at South Dakota State University (SDSU). He graduated with a double major in animal science and ag business. In college he was on the livestock judging team, was a member of Block & Bridle and served as beef superintendent of SDSU’s Little International.
After college, his first job was as a loan officer for the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA). After six months with FmHA, he was offered a job closer to home with First State Bank. He worked at this bank for 11 years, working his way up from a loan officer to assistant vice president (AVP) and branch manager. He loved the bank and the customers he worked with, but as his family grew and the workload on the farm grew, he decided to go back to the thing he loved most — raising Angus cattle.
Charles’s family includes his wife of 36 years, LeAndra, and his children, Christina (Logan), Chase and Ty. His children have participated in NJAA activities at both state and national levels. His children have been active in many National Junior Angus Shows (NJAS) and have been in numerous Auxiliary-sponsored All-American Certified Angus Beef Cook-offs, judging and fitting contests, along with showing heifers and steers and numerous top-10 finishes in the national carcass contests.
Christy graduated from SDSU with a major in animal science and is currently employed at Custom Genetic Solutions. She and her husband, Logan, welcomed their first child in August. Logan works full-time at the ranch.
Chase also graduated from SDSU with an ag science degree, and Ty is a senior majoring in ag science at SDSU. Chase also works full-time at Mogck & Sons, and Ty’s plans are to come back to the ranch full-time after graduation.
Charles has been very active in his community and is currently on the Custom Genetic Solutions board, the Scotland Community Church board and the local township board. He’s a past Scotland Hospital Board member. Charles is active in the Southeast South Dakota Angus Association and the South Dakota Angus Association, serving several years in leadership positions. He was an advisor for the South Dakota Junior Angus Association (SDJAA) for multiple years.
Today, Mogck & Sons Angus breeds 400 registered Angus females and markets 130 bulls and 50 females annually. They farm 2,500 acres of corn, beans and wheat, with an additional 2,500 acres of pasture and hay ground. Mogck & Sons buys feeder cattle from their bull customers to feed out at multiple custom feedlots, which allows them to collect data on customers’ calves.
Mogck & Sons’ herd actively uses American Angus Association programs, including MaternalPlus® and AHIR. They record ultrasound, carcass and genomic information along with weights and measurements to keep their herd a top performance herd.
Charles thanks the American Angus Association members for allowing him to serve on the Board the last three years. He has gained a better understanding about our Association and the diverse needs of our membership. He says he was blessed being the board chaplain the past two years, and being chairman of the Beef Improvement Committee, along with being on the AGI Board, CAB Board and Commercial Programs Committee. With the past three years of experience, he believes he will be able to serve the membership better.
Charles realizes there are going to be some major challenges in the future. He is ready to take on these challenges for the betterment of the Association and its membership.