Thank you for your interest in Braunvieh cattle, and thanks for visiting our ranch via this website (we hope you come by so that we can meet in person)! As of this posting 12-126-2013 we have very little for sale. Fortunately, people that have grass are looking for high quality cattle and we have pretty much sold out of females and have 4 bulls available. These are not the “leftovers”. The long yearling bulls just got of test and I have not even gotten 2 of them home. The females were added because it won’t rain (finally got an inch last week). I’ve got no wheat, and have lost 70 percent of our modified grass. Therefore, even my optimistic nature has come to the conclusion, I can’t grow as much as I would like to as of yet. I recommend that if you are able, you might consider “reserving” females. This is not a committment, only puts you in line to have first choice at the fall calves that will wean in May. I am sure that they will all be sold shortly after weaning. I already have 4 of those spoken for.
Our approach on the Diamond H is to start with the very best genetics. We started our herd with what we thought fulfilled that purpose. We can be seen at the purebred sales, buying the best genetics available. It is a fact, quality genetics cost more, and we are not afraid to invest in our program. Then we bring some of the top bulls in the breed via AI to mate with those cows. We develop both heifers and bulls giving them the best nutrition we can. I don’t have to tell you, that approach has become very expensive the last few years. The drought and the price of corn has “changed the landscape” of input costs. For instance, our supplement of choice, cottonseed, was priced at $160 a ton in 2009. This last winter, it was $320. The very same roll of hay (a 18% protein bermuda) that I feed heifers and breeding cows, was $50 in 2009, was $100 this year. Do you see a pattern? Double…….in three years. Even the water system we are on (and most of our cattle drink from) recently increased the price 18%. Two years ago, I carried a cow for $20 a month. Today it is more like $75. SO…..when you see the price of cow or heifer, you need to remember why the price is where it is. Truth is, we aren’t making as much as we were when a bred heifer was $1300.
What we strive to deliver is a cow that will do her job, and produce an offspring, every year, that will produce a calf that will gain well, and capture premiums on the grid. We strive to breed bulls that work hard, travel well, are fertile and produce offspring that will improve your genetic package. And they will do that while being more efficient than other cattle.
I assure you, this is not a hobby for us….it is our passion!