"Increasing  the protein content of the
diet to 25-30% energy from 12-15%
(which is typical for western diet), at the
expense of high carbohydrate and
25-30% energy  from fat induced weight
loss, primarily targeting body fats, while
preserving lean body mass.  
Furthermore, high protein diets improved
insulin sensitivity, glucose control and
coronary heart disease risk factors."

2005 Indiana Dietetic Association
'Cross Creek Farms
American Aberdeen and Moderator Breeding Stock

MODERATORS are EFFICIENT!

  • They are a perfect fit for grass-fed
    beef.  Drop cow size 20-25%, OR 400
    POUNDS, in one generation.

  • American Aberdeens, with smaller
    frame--while retaining all the beef
    advantages of the breed, particularly
    on grass!  In these tough economic
    times, the smaller cow proves to be
    worth her weight in gold, with variable
    weather conditions, poor pasture
    conditions, and High Feed Costs!

  • Use an Aberdeen bull for ALL first calf
    heifers and no worry at calving!  FIVE
    years of 100% live calves using
    Aberdeen bulls  at 'Cross Creek
    Farms!   In cow/calf production, this
    rarely happens!

  • There is a very real place for
    Moderators in the commercial cattle
    business!

  • A fullblood Aberdeen bull crossed with
    some darn good, big 1700# - 2000#
    registered Angus cows yield Moderator
    Plus, super cows that look like Angus
    from the 1950's and 60's!  At age 4,
    these cows will weigh 1100# to 1400#,  
    frame score 4-5, and they are really  
    wide bodies and will keep their
    condition through the winter months.  
    There's the BEEF!

  • Could you benefit from a 40% increase
    in retail product per acre?  American
    Aberdeen will do that,  primarily due to
    higher stocking rate and higher
    percent retail product yield.

  • This higher than normal retail yield has
    been documented repeatedly by ultra
    sound measurements in the US and
    Australia that consistently show a 30%
    larger ribeye area per hundred weight,
    largest ratio of all breeds.

  • This has translated into a boneless
    retail product yield of 20 to 30% more
    retail product per hundred weight of
    carcass in preliminary totally boned out
    product testing here in the US.

  • It comes down to more dollars of profit,
    and that works for everyone!

'Cross Creek Farms

~ Aberdeen, Aberdeen Plus and
Moderator
Genetics for Grass-fed Beef!

Customers in thirty three states
in the US!

Thirty
two years and counting
with ZERO
unsatisfied customers!

Watch for our ads in
The Ledger
the official American Aberdeen
publication.

Lowline cattle, aka American Aberdeen in the US,
originated from a study for efficiency relative to frame
and growth at the New South Wales Dept. of
Agriculture at the Trangie Agricultural Research
Centre.  The cattle descended from totally Angus
based genetics consisting of 42 animals acquired by
Trangie during the period from 1929 to 1964.  The
Angus herd foundation stock were some of the best in
the world obtained from Canada, USA, Scotland and
Australia, and their registered Angus ancestry can be
traced.       

Trangie staff chose one herd selected for high yearling
growth rates and another selected for low yearling
growth rates, with a randomly selected control group.
They dubbed the herds High Line, Low Line and Control
LIne.  From 1974, the Low Line herd remained closed,
with all the replacement bulls and heifers selected
from within the line. The study showed that, although
some individuals were exceptions, for the most part,
High Lines and Low Lines' efficiency as protein
converters were much the same .  From 1974 to 1993,
the Lowline breed was developed.   After 15 years of
selective breeding, the Low Line herd had stabilized at
about 30 percent smaller than the High Line cattle. The
bulls were maturing at about 43 inches, and the cows
at about 39 inches or less, against 59 inches for
standard Angus bulls (High Line), and close to the
same height for standard Angus cows.

On October 30, 1993, the New South Wales Dept. of
Agriculture conducted a complete dispersal sale.  The
offering consisted of 22 bulls, 44 cows, 52 heifers, and
29 Lowline caLves.  These animals were bred for
feeding EFFICIENCY, PRIME BEEF qualities,
and to maintain the potential
of their ABERDEEN ancestors.  Tom Gunderson
bought the bull, Quartermaster, in Australia in 1996,
and brought the bull to the US,
and so began  the American Aberdeen saga...

'Cross Creek Farms purchased our Aberdeen nucleus
herd  from Tom Gunderson, dba Dakota Classic Beef.  
We are proud to take part in the propagation of these
great cattle.  Everything they say about them is true.  
They are delightful to manage.  More importantly,
AMERICAN ABERDEEN cattle have real world
merit in the cattle industry today!

         Aberdeen Cattle
  Matching Calving Ease
   with Value on the Rail

North Dakota State University
Dickinson Research Extension Center

  • A recent 3 year study ending in 2006,
    finds good results for matching
    calving
  • ease with red meat production using
    fullblood Aberdeen bulls.
  • Commercial heifers were bred to
    Aberdeen bulls for calving ease--only
    3 calves out of 125 needed minor
    assistance.
  • These steers were sent to commercial
    feed yards with the above results (see
    chart below).  The steers average
    weight for the thee year study was
    1221 lbs., 51-52 inches  at the hip, and
    brought 92 cents per pound average.  
    "These bulls produce small calves
    that grow."
  • "One can start to think of how these
    calves will fit into the ever-changing
    world of beef feeding. Energy sources
    are getting more competitive, which
    ultimately may change some
    principles as to what works. There are
    many boxes of picture puzzles, so
    don't be afraid to pick one, even if it is
    just a little outside the norm."
"
"Data shows docile calves are worth $62
a head more than aggressive calves.
Poor disposition in cattle can reduce their
chances of grading Prime and premium
choice by 50%...  Percentage of Prime and
premium choice was reduced by half
when comparing aggressive to
docile calves."
Data came from  a 4 year study of more
than 13,000 calves from 12 states...  

Darrell Busby,
Iowa State University Extension animal scientist
Big News!
13 Years' Beef Production
Moderator and Moderator Plus
Grass Finished Calves
Progeny of Hank, JR, Doc Holliday
Kryptonite & Encore
ONLY 2 steers that did not
Grade Choice, since 2004
100% Yield Grade 1's & 2's
Can you say this?
Our customers are satisfied!
"It's Really Good!"

CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID, CLA,
an essential fatty acid :
  • Reduces body fat and increases lean
    muscle tissue
  • Helps support the body's immune
    system
  • Helps maintain the integrity of the
    arteries  
  • Reduces risk of cancer, diabetes,
    arthritis, and allergies, improve
    mental clarity, and more.
Studies have shown that CLA could possibly
be able to affect and treat some types of
diabetes. According to Dr. Martha Belury at
Purdue University and Dr. John Vandel
Heuvel at Penn State University, CLA
normalizes impaired glucose tolerance in
non insulin-dependent diabetes.
While there are numerous studies on CLA
and body fat reduction, the most significant
human studies showed a 9% reduction in
body fat and 2% increase in lean body mass
- all with no change in diet or exercise.  In
an animal study, after only 12 weeks, the
LDL and total cholesterol and triglyceride
counts were markedly lower in the blood of
the animals fed CLA.
These health claims sound almost too good
to be true, yet the scientific evidence is
overwhelming.  Our body is not capable of
producing significant quantities of CLA on
its own, so we must get it from our diets.  
With the changes in our dietary
preferences, CLA levels have dropped off
dramatically.   As a result, the incidence of
obesity and other health problems has
steadily increased.  CLA is found in beef,
lamb, turkey, and some milk products.  
Compared to grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef
has 4 times the levels of conjugated linoleic
acid (CLA), more Beta Carotene, more
Omega 3 fatty acids, more Vitamins A and E,
and lower levels of saturated fats.  In fact,
the more grain is fed, the lower the CLA...  
CLA is essential to good health.  This and
the added nutrients from grassfed beef will
be a plus for your overall health.

AMERICAN ABERDEEN CATTLE
Provide all these advantages...

  • EFFICIENCY ~ low birth weight, calving
    ease
  • EFFICIENCY ~ fast early growth rate,
    lower feed costs, steer gains up to 6
    pounds per day on Eastern Gamma
    grass, clover and birdsfoot treefoil--
    actual gains at 'Cross Creek Farms!
  • EFFICIENCY ~ moderate mature weight
  • EFFICIENCY ~ higher stocking rate than
    continental breeds
  • EFFICIENCY ~ suitable for smaller
    acreage producers
  • EFFICIENCY ~ extremely docile for
    management ease
  • EFFICIENCY ~ Aberdeen genetics for
    taste, tenderness, and marbling
  • EFFICIENCY ~ 30% larger ribeye per
    hundred weight of carcass
  • EFFICIENCY ~ highest retail percent of
    live weight of all breeds
  • EFFICIENCY ~ more pounds of retail
    beef per acre
  • EFFICIENCY ~ smaller framed, heavily
    muscled, quality carcass
  • EFFICIENCY ~ ideal commercial cattle,
    excellent mothers, naturally polled
  • EFFICIENCY ~ marble and grade easily
    on grass
  • EFFICIENCY ~ choice, heart healthy
    grass finished beef