Fred Diamond has all sorts of interesting rare threads in his herd, and all
seem to be pretty typical of that area: Diamond, Seal, Bounds, Ladner,
Hickman, Griffin. This is a really important herd, because few or
none of these occur anywhere else.
Fred Diamond's herd also includes both Hickman and Broadus influence
as well as that of other local cattle. This herd has recently used a Seal bull which is a line that is otherwise extinct.
The Seal cattle were from the Wiggins area. Diamond’s start was from old family cattle, and includes several old
cows of old traditional type and old family breeding. The cattle vary in color, but include several dark reds and browns.
Horns are long, twisted, and typical. The size varies, but many are larger-framed rangy cattle. Fred Diamond milks one
nice dark purple roan cow that produces a gallon a day after weaning her calf. In addition to the Seal bull, other recent
ones include the “Blue Speckled Butterbean bull” from Fresco, Alabama and Jess Brown’s Yellow Griffin
bull (likely 3/4 Griffin, 1/4 Baylis breeding).
-- Phil Sponenberg