Black cattle have long been a part of the McClelland farm operation near Mendon, Ill. Ronald McClelland paid $255 for his first registered Angus heifer in November, 1954.
What started out as a 4-H project expanded into McLand Angus, a herd of registered Angus cows owned by Ronald and his wife Karen.
McLand Angus received the Historic Herd Award from the American Angus Association this year. The award is presented to families that have produced and maintained a herd of registered Angus cattle for more than 50 years.
McLand Angus switched to artificial insemination in 1976 and the herd has been a part of the Angus herd improvement records program since its inception. Ronald is past president of the Lamoine Valley Angus Association.
The McClellands also helped their children, Tim and Carla, get involved with Angus production. At age six, they each received a heifer to begin their own herd. Tim and Carla competed in junior Angus shows and participated in 4-H and FFA.