Croissant Red Angus is a family-owned and operated business started by Larry and Jean Croissant in 1986. Before striking out on their own, the Croissants ran their small, registered Red Angus herd in conjunction with a farming and feedlot operation near Johnstown, Colorado—a business that was started by Larry’s family in 1910 and remains operational today. In 1996, Larry and Jean purchased their present location in northeast Briggsdale, Colorado and joined their small, registered herd with a herd of commercial crossbred cows acquired from the previous ranch owner. Their daughter and son-in-law, Sallie and Kevin Miller, joined the Croissant Red Angus team in 2006.
Over the years, the herd dynamics have shifted and the ranch now works with a completely Red Angus herd. Presently, Croissant Red Angus manages 250 cows and heifers and a small feedyard. The first on-ranch sale was in 2000, when 22 bulls were sold via private treaty. Prior to that, bulls were marketed through a couple of bull test facilities and through private treaty. Croissant Red Angus hosts an annual production sale on the ranch—selling some of the industry’s top profit impacting bulls, like Mission Statement and Merlin.
Since the purchase of the ranch, Larry and Jean have made a commitment to environmental stewardship. They developed a rotational grazing system that increased the available water supply and cross-fencing pastures throughout the ranch, allowing for longer rest periods on pastures.
Additionally, the Croissant family contributes to the betterment of the beef industry through their involvement in various boards and committees. They also host tours that contribute to the positive image of the beef industry, such as Colorado Beef Council’s Pasture to Plate tour. This tour brings chefs, nutritionists and dieticians from all over Colorado to learn about the beef production system and are invaluable to the beef industry.
A key priority for the Croissant family is to leave the ranch in the best condition possible for the next generation—and these contributions allow them to truly live up to their mission of creating functional cattle, while also positively impacting the environment and the beef industry.