Ty Rosburg is co-owner and general manager of Rosburg Livestock, which he founded with his wife,
Trucking runs in Ty’s family. His paternal grandfather bought his first truck in 1936 and was a local agricultural hauler. Ty’s maternal grandfather got into trucking and later corn shelling in the late 1940s. For 50 years, Keating Truck Line, eventually taken over by Ty’s uncle, shipped livestock and grains across the Midwest. Ty recalls spending days as a boy, sitting in parked trucks pretending to drive and studying office paperwork.
After a successful military career, Ty returned to work with his uncle, who was mainly hauling grain. But Ty wanted to work with livestock and eventually broke off. For a time, he and a partner operated B Bar R Livestock with trucks on each coast and answering phones around the clock. Ty would eventually go back on his own—to Rosburg Livestock—downsizing to one truck, one cattle trailer and one pig trailer. That didn’t last long, however. His business has since grown to 10 to 15 trucks, including outside trucks that regularly help, and 16 livestock trailers. His son, Zachary, 34, is taking over daily operations and oversees the company’s maintenance program.
Over the years, Ty has shipped livestock for smaller independent pig growers and larger operations such as Lakeside Feeders, Smithfield Foods (formerly Murphy Family Farms), Seaboard Foods, The Maschhoffs, Wiechman Pig Co., Continental Grain, Parks Livestock and Tyson Foods.
Ty prioritizes the welfare of his “valued passengers.” He is part of several foreign animal disease, transportation and animal welfare committees and task forces. Currently he is going through the Iowa Pork Leadership Academy, to strengthen his advocacy efforts.
Ty stays active in his community and beyond. He serves on the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Pork Tent Committee, and is involved with the National Pork Producers Council. He is a member of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition, he is a past assistant chief of the Charter Oak Fire Department; member of the American Legion Post 66, where he also serves as president of the Soldier Valley American Legion Riders; member of the Crawford County Republican Party Central Committee; and member of the Denison Country Club.
The Rosburgs have another son, Joshua (32).