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Cross Diamond Cattle Company supports All-American Beef Battalion through donation

Courtesy photo"This is a great opportunity to support a cause that highlights our U.S. military and quality U.S. beef, while keeping the American dream for the next generation," said Scott Ford, Cross Diamond Cattle Company.

The All-American Beef Battalion (AABB) was established in 2007 and aims to support troops fighting the war on terror while promoting American beef. They accomplish this task by organizing and sponsoring steak feeds, entertainment, programs and meetings for Service Members and their families. To date, the AABB has served more than 100,000 steaks to the troops, and the effort is still going strong.

The cattle industry has been a huge supporter of this effort, usually with a donated steer auctioned off at a salebarn or a fundraising event of some kind. For the first time, a purebred seedstock operation is stepping up to the plate and donating a bull to the AABB at their annual production sale.

Cross Diamond Cattle Company, located near Bertrand, NE, is home to Scott, Kim, Johanna and Marie Ford. The family raises Red Angus cattle, and their sixth annual production sale will be held at the ranch on Dec. 12, 2011, where they have a large offering of bulls, females and horses for sale.

Lot 21 is a special bull in the sale, as he will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the AABB. The number 21 was selected as a nod to the 21-gun salute used at military funerals. Scott Ford talked about his family’s support of AABB and invites other purebred breeders to follow suit at their own sales.

“As we enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans, we find it too easy to forget the many sacrifices of brave men and women throughout our nation’s history in earning and keeping that freedom,” Ford said. “We place great importance in honoring those who have served our country and who continue to serve. During the past year, we’ve become aware of the great work done by the AABB in feeding our troops’ hearts with support and respect, while feeding their bodies with outstanding beef. We appreciate the vision of the organization and want to further support the group by donating the proceeds from one of the bulls in this year’s sale.”

For sale information, cattlemen can reference the operation’s Web site at http://www.crossdiamondcattle.com.

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“We understand the sacrifice that the troops have made for us in order to protect our freedom,” he continued. “We have two young daughters, and their success and futures depend on the troops making huge sacrifices away from their own families in order to protect our freedoms. This is a tremendous cause, and our fundraiser is our way to show our appreciation. This is a great opportunity to support a cause that highlights our U.S. military and quality U.S. beef, while keeping the American dream for the next generation.”

Strong supporters of the military and the beef industry, the Fords are also Christians and believe faith, family and farming are a triad of priorities they share with the AABB.

“My wife and I are Christians, and there are two people who have died for us – Jesus Christ and the American soldier,” said Ford. “We take the troops for granted too often, and this is our way to say thanks. We have to be vigilant on the war on terror. Terrorists hate our freedom – that we have choices on how we make a living, how we pursue happiness and which God we worship. Without the American soldier, we wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing today.”

The Fords host a supper the night before their sale, and Nebraska rancher, radio personality and motivational speaker Trent Loos is this year’s featured entertainment. A donation bucket will be passed around to benefit the AABB during the evening event, as well.

“We invite everyone to come out to the ranch for supper and the sale,” Ford said. “I think what (founder) Bill has started with the AABB is great. What’s more American then a steak and a soldier?”

For more information on the AABB, visit http://www.steaksfortroops.com. This non-profit organization continues to support the American soldier while promoting American beef, and the organization hopes more people within the cattle industry will rally around their cause.

editor’s note: cross diamond cattle company was featured in tri-state livestock news’ the 2011 fall cattle journal. read more about their operation at http://www.tsln.com/crossdiamond.

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