|At 'Cross Creek Farms,
converting to our breeding for
grass finished beef began in
1999, when told by a cardiologist,
"You can eat all the beef you
if it is grass-fed."
We were very reluctant to believe this.
We thought about it and researched it.
Before then, our program was like most,
feeding lots of corn and other grains, and
treating the cattle for lots of problems.
From the beginning, we were
We had huge calves at birth, scours,
lamenitis, acidosis, retained placenta,
copper deficiency, and more....
You name it, we had it--and made no
In 2002, we purchased our first
Aberdeens and made the 5 year plan,
breeding to our best regsitered Angus
cows--some as big as 60" at the hip and
2,000 pounds! DCB Hank at 45" at the
hip bred them all!
After we added Fullblood
Aberdeens and bred for Moderator Plus
up to Purebreds, converting to grass,
and producing high quality forage
the problems were virtually eliminated!
Never underestimate the value of
reducing feed costs with smaller cattle!
The added value of docility makes it a
pleasure to own them, and the only way a
couple of old codgers like us can
continue to operate. In the words of our
veterinarian, "That's priceless!"
A new chapter began at 'Cross Creek
Farms in 2015, when we moved the entire
operation from Indiana to southern
We literally built the farm from the ground
up, fencing and barns included--except
for our home--which is still a work in
progress. That tells you where are
priorities lie. LOL!
We test our soil and reseed every year,
and we continue
to improve both as we go along. We
focus on feeding the soil not polluting it.
In a perfect world we would never use
any herbicides. However, we do use only
non-residual herbicides, and only the
bare minimum when necessary to
optimize the forage cover.
Bare soil is always an enemy.
Begets better forage
Begets better cattle
Begets better beef!
|Step 1 -- The perfect Angus cow
by Sitz Traveler 9929
|The few things that work
fantastically well should be
nurtured, and multiplied.
— Richard Koch: Author, management
|Shown here at age 8
Sired by Sitz Traveler 9929, lived to age 18!
The perfect Angus cow ~ We're now
breeding the 10th generation of this great
cow family. We have retained a
Moderator Plus daughter by Kryptonite &
Moderator granddaughter by Encore !
|Step 4 -- JR, from the business end,
Fullblood bull by Transam
|CC ENTENSE ELBA, shown also
right, 3rd generation at 'Cross
Creek, registered Angus cow,
mature weight 1850 pounds.
|Step 2 -- The Perfect Aberdeen cow,
ALM GRACE by Admiral II ,
Foundation fullblood female
CC Aprils Grace
by April and JR
|OUR ABERDEEN FOUNDATION
A picture is worth a thousand words --
see the photos in these two left columns...
|Ron and Cindy Bluett, Owners
909 Travelstead Rd
Adolphus, KY 42120
'Cross Creek Farms
|'Cross Creek Farms
American Aberdeen and Moderator Breeding Stock
|"In the real world,
quality grade leads the market
as a basis for premiums."
In other words, choice or prime grade
means more cash in your pocket.
Aberdeen cattle have long been proven to
lead the beef industry in quality, grade
and a great taste experience.
We believe that carcass is
THE most important priority and MARBLING
is key in the finished beef product.
Aberdeens, and Moderators,
have a place in the real world, providing the
added benefit of lowering production costs
as well as dependable carcass traits
such as, enhancing quality grade, tenderness,
healthfulness, and great taste.
In other words, more cash in your pocket!
At ‘Cross Creek Farms we produce
stacked generations of
quality American Aberdeen and
registered American Angus genetics
for you to produce more pounds per acre.
Customer satisfaction is imperative.
We earnestly strive to improve the next
generation of every cow family...so, they will
work for you. In our 34+ years of operation,
we have endured the rise and fall of many
trends in the cattle business. The currents
have made our niche clear.
We seek to illustrate that natural production
methods trump the feedlot on all levels. The
cattle are humanely treated at all times.
Superior soil and forage management are
proven essential for high choice and prime
beef, with taste and tenderness, high in CLA
for optimal nutritional benefits.
All flesh is grass!
Each time we touch someone in a positive
way, we promote the integrity of our planet.
Ours is a labor of love. Our wealth will
ultimately be measured by the ripples we
make, the friendships we enjoy, the love of
God we share, and the enrichment and
serenity we receive from God's creation.
|Step 3 -- Typical Hank sired halfblood
Aberdeen X Angus cow, CC MAY
2008 NAILE Percentage Champion
Cow w/ Calf
|Step 2 -- Fullblood bull,
DCB HANK, " the Tank," by Midshipman,
Foundaion herd sire
|Step 3 -- CC APRIL, fullblood cow,
Hank X Grace
2008 NAILE Fullblood Champion Cow w/ Calf