2XL Cattle Company is a family-owned Angus seedstock and grass finishing operation located in the rolling hills of southern Iowa. The herd started as 20 commercial cows to be utilized as embryo recipients in 2010, and with the purchase of the first registered Angus embryo donors the family was hooked on developing elite Angus genetics. Since that time, the herd has expanded rapidly with the purchase of elite donors from multiple herds from across the Midwest with embryo transfer and AI at the heart of the genetic progress. Today, 2XL Cattle Company has approximately 120 cow/calf pairs in spring and fall herds with nearly 75% of those being registered Angus cattle. We invite you to get to know each member of this family operation a little better:
Drs. Adam Krull and Amanda Kreuder Krull – Owners
Adam grew up in northwest Iowa on a family farm that raised beef and dairy cattle as well as swine. From the time he was 12 years old, he was thumbing through bull catalogs and making breeding recommendations to his father. Throughout high-school he was a partner in the family’s 200 cow dairy operation. Amanda grew up in northwest Illinois on a family farming operation that also raised beef cattle and swine along with a row crops and alfalfa. After high school, both attended Iowa State University and majored in dairy science and then continued their education in veterinary school at Iowa State. Following vet school, they both practiced large animal veterinary medicine in neighboring practices near Green Bay Wisconsin. In 2010, they decided to come back to ISU to further their education and complete PhDs and advanced clinical training. It was during this time that the they discovered their passion for registered Angus genetics. Today, both Adam and Amanda continue to work at ISU as clinicians, researchers, and teachers at the Veterinary College. Amanda is a boarded large animal internal medicine specialist who spends most of her time treating cattle, sheep and goat patients in the Food Animal Hospital, while Adam is a clinical microbiologist in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State. The majority of their time not spent “at work” is spent working on the farm and making animal health, breeding, and nutrition decisions for the 2XL Cattle Company.
Glenn and Michelle Kreuder – owners
Glenn and Michelle both grew up in families deeply invested in agriculture and started their life together on Glenn’s family farm in northwest Illinois where the raised four children. As the children grew, so did the farming operation, at one point including up to 3000 acres of corn, beans, and alfalfa, along with feeding cattle and hogs. In 2006, the family moved to the current farm in the rolling hills of Southern Iowa, near the small town of Garden Grove. Initially, the farm produced corn and soybeans utilizing the best conservation methods available, including no-till, crop rotation, contour farming, grass water ways, and terraces, all in an attempt to conserve top soil in the rolling hills, with a small amount of pasture dedicated to the cattle operation. In 2013, the decision was made to fully transform the farm to a registered Angus cattle seedstock and grazing operation, converting the row crop land back to pastures, building fences, digging water lines and growing the cow herd. Glenn and Shelly, with over fifty years of combined farming experience, work together on daily operations and management of the farm and the cattle.
Bob Ericson – Assistant Farm Manager
Bob is a huge asset to our operation. He has a lifetime of experience raising cattle, being born and raised on a local cattle operation. He is in charge of the daily moving, feeding and care of the cattle, along with keeping the farm and equipment running on a daily basis. We really appreciate his strong work ethic, his outstanding mechanical abilities, and how gently he handles the cows. He is a true “Cow Whisperer.”