...from the desks of Leslie Callahan and D. Jennings Steen...   

We formed Crossroads Cattle Co. (CCC) in August of 2002, and our home office is on the southwestern side of Austin, Texas. Although we were relatively “young” by cattle industry standards, we brought with us extensive experience in feeder cattle procurement and sales as well as having collectively spent 20 years in the cattle feeding industry and the boxed beef marketing arena. After spending a good number of years working for established operations throughout the United States, we had a desire to “steer our own ship” and form a cattle marketing company that would combine our traditional values of building a business based on respect and long-term relationships with the ability to take advantage of some of the technological advances that allow today’s cattle industry to operate more efficiently than ever before.

Crossroads is affiliated with Thigpen Livestock Co. of Chilton, Texas - an industry stalwart throughout Texas and the Southwest for many years. TLC provides administrative services to Crossroads in the form of invoicing and collecting funds from Crossroads customers. Although our primary focus is, and has always been, to become a formidable player in the direct feeder cattle trade throughout the United States, our affiliation with TLC provides access to calves and yearlings from auction market sources throughout Texas for Crossroads customers.

Crossroads initial customer base was centered in the feeding industry in the Texas Panhandle, Western Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas, where we had built extensive networks throughout our careers. However, we are committed to expanding Crossroads’ reach beyond being a regional player in the feeder cattle trade, and a disciplined and measured growth of the Crossroads team since late 2002 has allowed us to increase Crossroads’ presence in the marketplace throughout the Western States and the Midwest. Terrill Ostrum joined the CCC team in late 2002 and began sourcing primarily “northern origin” calves and yearlings from the Mountain States and the high plains. In early 2004, Jeff Stolle joined CCC to help expand our marketing outlets throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and the remainder of the Corn Belt feeding states.

Crossroads continues to expand our procurement and sales efforts throughout the country. Our customers have the opportunity to purchase country-fresh calves and yearlings for spot market delivery, execute cash contracts for future delivery at a firm negotiated price, or to purchase feeders via basis contracting versus CME Feeder Cattle futures with the flexibility of pricing the inventory during CME trading hours any time between the execution of the basis contract and the delivery date for the cattle. The Crossroads team is also more than capable of pursuing cattle of any given quality or weight class on behalf of customers during any specified time frame.

We hope that this overview has given you at least an initial acquaintance with Crossroads Cattle Co., and we would appreciate the opportunity to service your feeder cattle sales or procurement needs. We encourage you to contact one of our representatives in your area if we can be of further assistance.