About Cross Diamond Cattle Company
Welcome to Cross Diamond Cattle Company, Scott and Kim Ford of Bertrand, Nebraska. We are a Red Angus seedstock operation located in south central Nebraska. We’re dedicated to raising top-quality Red Angus genetics, along with unsurpassed customer service to cattlemen and women throughout the nation. Our goal is to serve the commercial cattle industry through problem-free genetics and to help the men and women in the industry through our service programs.
We are a family operation. Our two girls, Johanna and Marie, come along on a daily basis to help with the ranch work. We are blessed to live in close proximity to Scott’s family, so we receive a great deal of help and support from an extended network of family, friends and neighbors. We have a strong desire to live good lives as children of God and to pass on good works to others through the blessings we have received.
Our breeding program is based on sound, efficient, fertile cattle. Our first priority is fertility, as without a live calf year after year, no one can make it in the cattle business. Our summer calving program starts in May and goes through June to make the most of the early grass in the pastures and to avoid the heat of the later summer. Any open cows are culled and are never held over for any reason.
Our next priority is structural soundness. We closely cull on feet and leg structure, along with udder structure. Every cow is scored on her udder at calving time and culled accordingly.
Disposition is another trait that is very important to us. We hand-feed the calves at weaning time and make it a point to walk through them on a regular basis throughout their lives. It’s important to us to handle the cattle in a variety of ways—on foot, horseback and on the four-wheeler-- so that they are accustomed to a variety of handling methods.
Our mature cows average about 1200 lbs. with a body condition score of five at pregnancy checking time. We are pleased with this moderate mature size of our cow herd. This fits our management program and those of a majority of our commercial customers.
Our production sale is held on the second Monday of December. All of the bulls will be “age-advantaged,” and will be two-year-olds at turn-out time next spring/summer. We offer free nationwide delivery and a first breeding season guarantee. It’s important to us that the cattle work for our customers.