St. Francis, Kansas 785-332-6206
I like to tease that Crooked Creek Angus is the result of a 4-H project gone horribly awry. In 1995, my parents felt that their money would be better served in purchasing two Angus heifers rather than a steer whose fate would be terminal. That seemingly innocent decision set about a chain of events that brought us to today.
Born a “feedlot brat,” I spent the majority of my childhood in and around feedyards scattered throughout western Kansas. I learned how to count by keeping a tally, counting cattle as they stepped down from semi-trucks late at night. It was only with great patience that my grade school teachers convinced me that the color was indeed black not Angus.
After earning a bachelors degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University in 2005, I returned to St. Francis, Kansas to pursue my dream.
To raise good cattle for great people.
Since the beginning, Crooked Creek Angus has been deeply rooted in producing cattle that are functional in their type and kind and, that work in a commercial setting. It is my belief that the main goal of a seedstock producer should be to produce cattle that are problem free. “Problem free”, is a quick turn of phrase, but it makes all the difference in whether a cattle producer has the opportunity to be both profitable and enjoy their daily work.
It is my sincere belief that every bull that bears the “CC Sainty” prefix on their Registration Certificate has the ability to reduce your labor requirements and production costs. Our bulls are able to bring about these changes because they have been bred and raised to do so. As you study the pedigrees on our yearling bulls you will quickly realize that there is a program behind the bloodlines. You will not find the latest AI catalog or show winner within the pedigrees we provide. Simply put, while enjoyable to look at and talk about, most of those sires can’t live up to the promises made on their behalf. Too many breeders have decided to select their herd sires based on the “bull of the year,” and the result is inconsistent cattle that largely disappoint.
For the majority of our customers Calving Ease is the number one priority. I have never had a customer say that they enjoyed helping their heifers or cows calve. Obviously, I am committed to producing low birth weight bulls that can be used on heifers without concern. Several of our (now deceased) herd bulls were, without fail, calving ease sires. That tradition is continued and built upon by our younger herd sires.
Dispositions:- The bulls and heifers are fed daily on foot with 5 gallon buckets and pitch forks. They are comfortable around people, four wheelers and horses. While they are still bulls (and therefore prone to animal temperament)- they are as close to gentlemen as a bovine can get.
Structure:- As a “retired” collegiate livestock judger I find that I am overly critical of structure and can’t tolerate cattle that are not as mobile as they should be. Our bulls are developed with careful consideration of their feet and legs to extend their seasons of service.
Growth :- Crooked Creek Angus bulls are continually siring calves that exceed their owners wildest expectations. Reports of significant weaning weight increases are frequent. Steer calves start small, grow like crazy and then shut off at around 1300lbs.
Crooked Creek Angus cattle are guaranteed.
Like you, every spring I receive dozens of sale catalogs. One of my favorite hobbies is flipping to the front page and reading the ranch guarantee. Some guarantees are outrageous in the conditions and restrictions placed upon the customer. I don’t believe in putting limitations on my customers’ happiness. The bulls are guaranteed. If you feel something went wrong that shouldn’t have, I’m going to make it right. The bulls at Crooked Creek Angus will pass a breeding soundness exam performed by Twin Forks Vet Clinic of Benkelman, Nebraska. I have aligned myself with Twin Forks because their veterinarians are absolutely thorough in their examinations.
Bulls and heifers are sold private treaty.
I have always thought, the loud, fast paced and high pressure setting of an auction was a poor place to make decisions that can have a dramatic and lasting affect on your business. Private treaty sales, give me the opportunity to get to know my customers, and their cow herds. With this knowledge I can better assist customers in selecting cattle that will be successful in their cattle operation.
Thank you for your interest in Crooked Creek Angus genetics. It would be an honor to earn your business.