The CCC Team

Leslie Callahan - D. Jennings Steen - Jeff and Sarah Stolle - Terrill Ostrum - Don Graham - John Rule

Also representing Crossroads Cattle Co.
Chad DraperOakley, KS
David SturgeonCordell, OK
Willard WolfValley Ford, WA
Melvin MorrisLazbuddie, TX
Jeff LacinaWeimar, TX
Todd BeckDeerfield, VA


Leslie Callahan


Office: 512-358-0358
Mobile: 512-657-1990
Austin fax: 512-358-0803
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Leslie Callahan was born and raised in Central Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. From 1990-93 he worked for Harris Ranch Beef Company in Selma CA in their packing division learning the meat industry from the kill floor to the portion control and food processing divisions. He then moved on to Capitol Land & Livestock in Schwertner TX. From 1993- 2000 where he learned the order buying business by selling and managing high risk cattle. 2000-2003 he worked with Emerge Interactive as v.p. of livestock procurement and help build sales to a point where the company was taken public in 2001. He helped start CCC in 2003 and with his partner Jennings Steen is active everyday in sales, procurement, and managing of CCC. He has been married for 16 years to Debra, they have triplets born in 1998 (Ben, John, Eliza) and currently reside in Dripping Springs, TX.


D. Jennings Steen


Office: 512-358-0358
Mobile: 512-657-2956
Austin fax: 512-358-0803
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Born and raised on a cow-calf operation near Cuero, Texas, Jennings Steen graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1990. Jennings worked for one year following his graduation procuring calves and feeder cattle from auction markets throughout south and central Texas for Stiles Cattle Company. Steen then returned to A&M and earned a M.S. in Agricultural Economics. In August of 1993 Jennings moved to Wichita, KS and began working for Koch Industries, Inc. While employed with Koch Industries, Jennings spent one year at Ulysses Feed Yard in Ulysses, Kansas, and then moved into the corporate office where his responsibilities included purchasing feeder cattle and calves from throughout the United States and managing pasture cattle in order to insure a consistent supply of feeder cattle for Koch’s feedyards in Kansas and the Texas panhandle.

In 1998, Jennings moved from Kansas to Lubbock, TX, and began his career as an order buyer. Later that year, he joined Emerge Interactive, Inc. as director of cattle procurement. In August of 2002, Jennings and Leslie Callahan formed a partnership and founded Crossroads Cattle Co., Ltd., headquartering in Austin, Texas. Jennings is actively involved in all aspects of Crossroads business on a daily basis, buying and selling calves and feeder cattle from throughout the United States.


Jeff and Sarah Stolle


Jeff
Office/mobile: 402-440-9193
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Sarah
Office/mobile: 402-525-4121
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Jeff Stolle was born and raised on a family owned cow-calf and row-crop farming operation near Wharton, Texas - on the Texas Coastal Bend between Houston and Victoria. An Animal Science graduate of Texas A&M University, Jeff met Crossroads Cattle Co. owners Leslie Callahan and Jennings Steen while all three were students in College Station, Texas during the late 1980’s. After receiving his undergraduate degree in December of 1989, Jeff remained at Texas A&M and did graduate work in Feedyard Management and Beef Cattle Marketing before joining the Nebraska Cattlemen Association as a Market Analyst in the summer of 1991. Jeff has served as Vice President of Marketing and the lead staff person for the association’s Market Reporting Service since 1994. Jeff started as a sales representative for Crossroads Cattle Co. in February of 2004 with a primary focus of expanding Crossroads' outlets for northern origin calves and yearlings and the higher-quality end of southern plains calves and yearlings that carry minimal Brahman influence and will work on a seasonal basis for Midwestern feedyards.

Jeff and Sarah (Bradley) were married in May of 2003. With formal training in Office Management and a number of years of customer service experience, Sarah left her position as Human Resource Manager with a Lincoln company in January of 2005 and joined the Crossroads team. Sarah assists Jeff in an administrative and customer service role including taking the primary responsibility for offering cattle to customers via electronic communication vehicles and relaying information to customers when cattle are shipped.


Terrill Ostrum


Mobile: 303-570-9284
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Terrill Ostrum is a native of Fishtail, Montana, and remains an active partner in his family’s commercial Angus and quarter horse operation. Terrill majored in Agribusiness and Animal Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and then spent eight years as foreman and manager of R.M. Ostrum Ranch Company. Moving to Red Bluff, California in the late 1980’s, Terrill spent nine years as managing partner of Feather River Cattle Company, responsible for all aspects of the operation including genetic planning and selection, herd health, livestock procurement and marketing, and buying and selling commodities. Terrill also brings experience in managing procurement and inventory control activities for an integrated beef company, sourcing high quality feeder cattle directly from ranches as well as through video sales and auction markets.

Terrill joined the Crossroads team in the fall of 2003, bringing with him an extensive contact base of both purebred and commercial cattle producers ranging from the Rocky Mountain through the central and southern plains. Currently residing in Castle Rock, Colorado, Terrill travels extensively during the fall sourcing northern origin (mostly program-eligible) calves from Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and other western states. During the spring and summer seasons, Terrill travels mostly from the high plains south through the wheat pasture areas of Western Kansas, Oklahoma, and the northern Texas Panhandle, sourcing primarily yearlings that are suited to return to Colorado, Nebraska, and the remainder of the Corn Belt for finishing.


Don Graham


Mobile: 918-706-8875
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Don Graham was raised in Northeast Oklahoma, and attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine w/ a minor in Agribusiness. He also took extended courses in Equine Science and Breed Management at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

Don started managing his own custom farming business his junior year in high school. In 1988, he founded and managed D & E Cattle Company of Jay, OK. D & E Cattle Co. specialized in order buying cattle, and Don managed every aspect of the operation, including buying cattle in the country and in sale barns, coordinating transportation, hedging, backgrounding, and retaining ownership of cattle on specific grid programs. From 2004 through March 2005 Don was a Commissioned Field Rep., procuring feeder cattle for a large natural beef company.

Don joined Crossroads Cattle Co. in the Spring of 2005. He travels Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska year round sourcing both conventional and program-specific feeder cattle and calves out of the country as well as auction markets.

Don currently resides in Eucha, OK with his wife, Tammy and their six children (J.J., Dakota, Austin, Maranda, Layne and Donte).


John Rule


Mobile: 620-260-5331
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John Rule joined the Crossroads team in late 2007, bringing with him extensive experience in feeder cattle procurement, a background in the feeding industry, and exposure to the packing/processing side of the business as well. Born and raised in Brighton, Colorado, John attended Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College and Oklahoma State University - where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a Business Option. While at O.S.U. John gained experience in the packing/processing industry while working for IBP (now Tyson) in Garden City, Kansas on the kill floor and as a quality control inspector.

Upon graduation from college, John worked for a large Western Nebraska custom feedyard as a bunk reader, and then moved on to be a feed manager for a 50,000 head feedyard in the Texas panhandle. John also spent some time working as a customer service representative for a southwestern Kansas feeding operation before helping start Rancher’s Integrated Genetics, an Oklahoma company focused on helping producers add value to their calves and yearlings via source and age verification and marketing program eligibility.

John concentrates his efforts on sourcing program eligible calves and yearlings, but also procures a wide range of commodity types and kinds based on customer preferences. He travels extensively in Oklahoma, Missouri, and southern Kansas while also procuring some cattle out of the southeast and Texas.