Breeders of Registered Shorthorn and Angus Seedstock
Meet Steve and Julie French
Little Cedar Cattle Company produces registered Shorthorn and Angus cattle near the central Michigan town of Beaverton. The ranch is located two hours north of East Lansing, home of the MSU Spartans, and two hours south of the Mackinac Bridge to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Though we first met in 1999 and married in 2001, we actually could have met 20 years earlier through numerous crossed paths and multiple common contacts. It seems we have been working together, or at least in the same direction, our entire lives!
Steve discovered Shorthorns at age 12 on a family vacation.
He takes pride in his knowledge of the history of the Shorthorn breed, memorizing pedigrees and the breed-changing sires and dams throughout many Shorthorn lines. He has an amazing recall, and people have found that they can use him as a walking history of the breed’s progression.
Steve’s own “plastics pedigree” stems back to his maternal grandfather, one of the pioneers of the plastics industry in the local area. As a broker of plastics raw materials, Steve’s workday is fast-paced to say the least, and he is equally active in hands-on management his Shorthorn and Angus cattle business. At the same time Steve was learning about Shorthorns…
Julie’s cattle background began in the Angus breed.
Growing up through junior activities on her family’s Belle Point Ranch in Arkansas. She served on the first National Junior Angus Association board of directors and is still active in fundraising for Angus and Shorthorn youth on the national level. Her breed involvement includes volunteer work for the Angus Foundation, which supports education, youth and research activities for the breed.
Julie holds a B.S. degree in Animal Science/Livestock Merchandising from Oklahoma State University. She is an alumna of Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL), a professional development institute administered by Texas A&M Extension. Her promotional strategy business, once located in Fort Worth, moved to Beaverton in 2001. Her experience spans strategy and concept development for livestock, agricultural products, performance horses, tourism, transportation and fundraising. These days, she handles promotion for both Little Cedar and Belle Point as well as consulting projects focusing on development of marketing and promotional strategies, concepts, copywriting and the design of advertising.