Diamond H Ranch Braunvieh Bulls for Sale
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If you are unfamiliar with Braunvieh Bulls there are a few things you should know about them. They can breed at an early age (we use long yearlings all the time) and will last several years longer than the black continental breeds (10 years is common). That fact alone saves you money! They are very docile and work very hard, they have a strong libido. They will add bone, muscle, and MILK. Please read this story from Troy Dean at the Whittaker Ranch in Decatur, Texas. It pretty much sums up why a commercial guy should use Braunvieh Bulls. And a personal comment (airing dirty laundry here). Everyone (me included) wonders “If these cattle are so good, why have I never heard of them?” I once had a breeder tell me “if you ever see 3 Braunvieh Breeders agree on anything, you better write it down, because it won’t happen again!” I’m afraid that may be more fact than fiction. People have prevented this breed from moving forward. Hopefully we are making progress on that as well.
I don’t think a lot of people put enough weight on their bull buying decision. Without a doubt, your bull is the single greatest influence on your herd, and therefore your profitability. AND, if you use a bull, he has bred 3 years before you know if his genetics are working or not! You better be right! And his impact on weaning weights and fertility will directly effect YOUR BOTTOM LINE! So, if you don’t think you can’t afford that expensive, high performing bull….. I suggest you sell two cows, and buy one really good bull. He will pay for himself in a hurry! Saving $1000 or $2000 on a bull today will cost you $1000’s in the next short period of time. Think about it, if a bull that costs you $5500 adds only 25 pounds wean weight, that is $60 plus, per head. Times 30 cows is $1800 additional profit the first year. If that bargain bull you bought at the sale or out of your neighbors culls, lowers weaning weights 25 pounds, you lose $1800 per year, in weight alone….forget fertility, carcass traits, etc. YOU MIGHT GET LUCKY WITH THAT BARGAIN BULL, BUT IN THIS BUSINESS THAT IS A RISK, I PERSONALLY AM UNWILLING TO TAKE!
We have a wide range of genetics ranging from half blood Braunvieh (crossed to Angus and Gelbvieh genetics), to Full Blood Braunvieh. Our genetic mission is to produce bulls which will put money making performance into your seed stock and commercial herd. We focus on “the big three“; birth weights, weaning weights, and yearling weights. While maintaining a fullblood presence in our herd, we are striving to accomplish our performance goals in a purebred, black and polled package. See Herd Sire page for pictures of the bulls that provide the foundation for our Seed Stock Braunvieh Genetics. Let me say here that there may be the commercial cattleman saying “that stuff is not important to me, I’m just a commercial breeder“. I respond by saying, if you want to make money at the sale barn, THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT TO YOU! I would love to go over how it impacts you and the profitability of your program.
Our Braunvieh Bull Development Program
The drought has impacted every decision we make on the Diamond H. One of those required MAJOR change in our Bull Development/For sale program. We no longer have the grass to develop and maintain the large number of bulls that we have in the past. Therefore we are going to do things differently till the pastures regrow and heal. That may be a long while. We have lost an estimated 80% of our modified grass pastures which will require killing volunteer grass and replanting (again) what we want there. And that, when the rains are sufficient. In the meantime: We are taking a two prong approach. We will select what we think are the best bulls (choosing by eyes and weaning weight only, a practice I admit I am against, you will miss some good bulls that way), and test them in Navasota. The rest will be made steers and sent to a feedlot in Gage Oklahoma. The bulls that make the cut will be very good and have COMPLETE performance data. They will be the cream of our crop, the kind of bulls that we use ourselves. There won’t be many…..you better speak up if you want one.
There are several ways to buy Braunvieh bulls from the Diamond H
- Freshly weaned bulls prior to testing. Weaning is typically April/May or August/September. If you buy them before we put them on test, you save money and you can develop them yourself.
- Bulls that have completed testing at the Genetic Development Center in Navasota, Texas. You can read about the center at the link above. Let me say, this is a first class, state of the art testing center, which includes RFI testing, a measurement which I believe will be one of the most sought after characteristic of a bull in the future (I think it already is). If you are unfamiliar with RFI, Click here, and you can get a simple explanation of what it is and how it is measured at Navasota. Remember, efficiency is a very inheritable trait, and it is ONE WHICH CAN MAKE YOU MONEY!! These bulls are priced primarily on performance relative to their contemporaries. They start at a base price. If they perform above the group in any category, the get a premium. If they perform below, we apply a discount. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR, AND KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT! With few exceptions, we test all our bulls that we sell. That costs money. If you are not willing to pay for that testing, you are probably not a Diamond H bull buyer! We believe that strongly it is the right thing to do.
- Mature Bulls. We sometimes have bulls that we have used/tested as herd sires. Sometimes they did not do what we expected, sometimes we have enough of their genetic influence in our herd. These mature Purebred and Fullbloods and represent the top level of our genetics. These are bulls that topped their contemporaries in our test and were kept to improve the genetics of our seedstock herd. Let me make something clear. WE DO NOT SELL OUR PROBLEMS ON THE DIAMOND H. WE KILL THEM. IF THE BULL HAD A PROBLEM, IT BECAME HAMBURGER, NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S PROBLEM! It is astounding to me that some breeders are so short sided they are willing to compromise their reputation by selling animals that have clear problems. We are unwilling to do that.
Registered Braunvieh Bulls for sale at the ranch
Tested Braunvieh Bulls for Sale
There were only 19 Braunvieh bulls representing 9 breeders (over 200 bulls from 9 breeds in total). The upcoming spring test is larger. And believe me, I completely understand why most breeders are unwilling to deal with the testing and what it takes to even get them there. First, it is difficult for some to embrace the value of testing, much less keeping a bull intact, when you can get upwards of $1600 the day they are weaned at the sale barn. No risk, no more input cost, no more anything! Compare that to AT LEAST another 7 months (and most want a 2 year bull for the 1 year price), and more feed, death risk, marketing expense, time, and the cost of hauling and hard cost of the testing and did I mention hassle?!? So when you pay a bunch for that good, fully tested bull, it’s gonna cost more. It’s a little (sic) more work.
Braunvieh Bulls standing on the Ranch for sale
SOLD>>>75ZA was sold as an 18 month old and came back to the ranch with Vesticulitis. He was treated with antibiotics and was tested by the vet and given a green light as a breeder. He is a James son out of a PFI Focus cow that has done a great job on the ranch. In fact, that is her at the top of this page with her most recent bull calf. He has developed into a very stylish bull….I can’t get a good picture of him. When you see him you will like him. Very balanced, very smooth!
75ZA DOB 9/29/12 BW 75 WW 622 YW 1121
REA 12.08 IMF 3.8 BF .24
B07 PB 84988 DOB 1/29/14 BW 93 Adj. WW. 585 Adj YW. coming soon
REA 12.7 IMF 4.95 BF .23
This bull is out of our 8S Princess cow. His sire is a fullblood bull named Elino known for carcass traits. He is at the top of the BW that I keep bulls. He was 9 days late from the expected AI date so I am confident he will throw good BW calves. He is a very moderate bull. His IMF number ratioed 1.31 in the Navasota test. This one should throw good carcass!
B19 PB84995 DOB 2/17/14 BW 84# WW715 YW 1170
REA 14.62 IMF 4.49 BF .23
SOLD This bull is our of the 55X cow, which is a homozygous black Ranger daughter our of our deceased E525 donor, sired by the J-Bar bull. His numbers indicate he will be a great carcass bull. This bull has more frame than any of the others for sale…We are waiting on the ADG and color testing.
B21 DOB 2/21/2014 BW 83 WW 572 YW 1045
REA 14.08 IMF 2.12 BF .14
This is compact bull is out of a cow that goes back to Silverwood Dragon, sired by JBar. His mother is a young black cow, this is her first calf. The second one is off to a great start!
B22 PB84998 DOB 2/24/14 BW 84 WW 642 YW 1125
REA 15.43 IMF 5.621 BF .23
SOLD This bull is a Ranger son, out of our Donor, 6P. I like everything about this bull..He is tested homozygous black, very thick, major top and rear quarter, a powerhouse phenotype. His carcass results ratioed 107 and 123. This breeding has been so successful that his dam is at the Vet, being prepared to flush.
Ok, here are two other bulls we have for sale. I am so busy as a result of the rain, I don’t have time to put all the information in. I will do it the first chance I have . Anyway, you can look, if you like what you see, give me a call!
B06 This guy has 1/4 Wagyu influence. He has great carcass numbers!
B89 This guy’s gut got twisted up at the test…that has happened a few times. I think it is the ration is so unlike anything we have here, it is too much adjustment for some of the little ones. He came home, and as you can see, he is doing well. Will tell you more about him soon.