Welcome to the Diamond H Website. We are grateful you will take the time to look through the pages here to learn about our program of raising great black and traditional Braunvieh cattle. I try to give you a feel of who we are and our philosophy of the cattle business, and how Braunvieh cattle fit in that philosophy. We are constantly in the process of updating pictures, and keeping the information as up to date as possible. Please forgive me if you find something old….it is A LOT of work keeping this website relevant! In fact, if you find something I need to change, please shoot us an email via the contact page.
One unusual thing is that we currently have some females for sale. Due to the drought, we have not sold many females in a number of years! We just lost a lease and I think it prudent to make a proactive move to sell some females. And, after years of “wishing”, we have made the move to build a new and innovative set of pens at headquarters….at no small expense! Add to that we need a new horse (Honda 4 wheeler), so when ya need cash, some of ’em gotta go! We have several registered Braunvieh and a few good commercial cows with Braunvieh pregnancies for sale, as well as several bred registered Braunvieh heifers. If that is your interest, here are links to those pages….Cattle for sale Heifers for sale
There is a LOT of information on this website. Some is my opinion, founded in my experience working with these cattle. Some are just facts about the cattle. Perhaps some of the most interesting (certainly most entertaining) is in the video the BAA produced for the “American Rancher” program. (Click Here to view the video) The most recent is a very powerful show which includes an interview of 90 year old Harlan Doeschot, the man who originally imported the breed from Switzerland to the U.S. in the early 80’s. Also highlighted is a successful commercial producer, Art Brownlee, who shares data he has kept for over a decade on the calves he has retained ownership to the rail. His results are impressive, to say the least. AND if you want to read more about how Art and Merry have operated profitably in all markets, check out this article in the “Angus Beef Bulletin“. (can it get any more third party than that?)
For many of you, it’s time to look for a bull. That’s an important decision. Some of you are familiar with Braunvieh cattle, others are not. This website will give you information (if you want it) to aid in making an educated decision. I say this on my bulls for sale page and I say again….A bull purchase is the most important decision you make in this business. Even one year of using the wrong bull can have a very significant impact on your herd and its profitibility. Click here to see the bulls we have for sale. Here is a link to a video we made about the Diamond H Bull program.
The very best picture of an animal WILL NEVER represent that animal well. We hope that you will come visit us and see our herd if you are considering adding our genetics to your program. After the girls arrived, a customer from Montana called and said, “the pictures just did not do these heifers justice”.
Anyway, thanks for spending time with us. Give us a call at 8 zero 6-six 81-9333 or contact us if you have any questions. We love talking about cattle!
We AI lots of cows to bulls outside our program. Bulls famous for their performance. It is gratifying to know the Ranger 11R bull outperforms them on a regular basis. I have often said, it is a shame that we never acknowledge how truly great our Fathers are until they die. Seems to me, bulls are pretty much the same way. THAT is why serious breeders should use AI in their programs!
We are VERY excited to announce the newest member of the Herd Sire Battery on the Diamond H. “Xerox” X002 comes to us from the Mystic Hill Program. NO bull gets to be called “Herd Sire” on the Diamond H…they EARN IT! Just because they are big and pretty (he is some kind of looker!) does not earn the title. Results and Results alone cause a bull to get the title. This bull has over 150 prodigy on record…he IS proven. When we learned he was for sale at the recent National Sale, we went to work studying his results. I have seen his females in sales and they were consistently GOOD! I invested ( I practice what I preach) in this 5 year old because his results show me he can add to our program some things we need. He is very clean in the front, and puts a DEEP, DEEP flank in His cattle.
NO bull brings it all, they all have weakness’. Breeding is a puzzle, and over time a breeder should work to bring all the pieces together. Xerox brings some pieces that, I believe, will pull our genetic package together. We have bred fall and spring cows/heifers to him….he has been a busy boy! His numbers are on our Herd Sires page. You can find semen there as well.
We have made a lot of good friends in the cattle business. Some have stayed with us, some have bought lots of cattle from us, and we have never shaken their hands. Michael and Jamie Schallott of Arapahoe Ranch in Coalmont Colorado (a place much prettier than Childress), are some of those friends. They have bought several bulls and AI to Ranger annually. You can see a picture of their family and a Diamond H Bull working on their ranch at this link (what are friends are saying about us). We can tell you why we think you should do business with us, use our cattle in your program. But this letter from them says it better than I could ever hope to…….
“Diamond H, has done a bang up job of being at the forefront of this breed. I have been trying to find a all around bull for calving ease and profitability to my herd, and I believe we have found it in Ranger and his sons and daughters. A good solid, all around bloodline, that I feel will make my herd more profitable in today’s volatile market. Todd is great to work with, and genuinely cares about your success. My family looks forward to working with Diamond H for a long time.”
Michael & Jamie Schallot~Arapaho Ranch~Coalmont Colorado
We have learned about new technologies that allow us to do a better job of selection. One of those is Leptin. Leptin is a hormone in the fat metabolism pathway that has been shown to affect the amount of fat deposition in beef. A DNA variant alters a critical amino acid which affects the folding of this hormone. The leaner cattle have a “C” and the more marbled cattle a “T” in the critical position. Bottom line, after 250,000 cattle are studied by several different entities, the results confirm that cattle carrying the “T” marker, marble easier, thus needing less days on feed. That makes money and it is an easy thing to test. It is one more thing that we are doing as seed stock breeders to help the commercial producer make more money on the cattle they produce and sell….that is important we think!
Some other ranch highlights:
Diamond H Named BAA “2011 Braunvieh Breeder of the Year”
Ranger 11R is number one Sire of Prodigy Recorded and number two of Prodigy Born (2011)
The entire herd has been tested for PI-BVD and been found clean. We continue to quaraintine new animals and test all calves to keep it that way!
We have tested all black genetics for all Angus genetic defects and our genetics are DEFECT FREE!
Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, and Spring 2012 programs all calve in 42 days or less
and certainly….we survived the Drought of 2010/ 2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016 (its easing some) and counting (so far)
SO, we invite you to:
Invest in YOUR program by investing in OURS