Diamond H Ranch Braunvieh Bulls for Sale
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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 $4500 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! The steers will go to Cattleman’s Choice feedyard in Gage Oklahoma.
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
We have one bull that was not tested. He went to Navasota and his rumen would not adapt to the grain in the ration. We made the decision to take him out and put him on grass and he is doing very well. He is a Braunvieh/Wagyu cross. His AI sire is Michifuku 032, a fullblood Wagyu bull. His dam was Y42, a Ranger 11R daughter out of a fullblood cow who’s genetics come from Canada. This was a genetic package we had a lot of hopes for.`He had a 68# birthweight and grew to a 205 Adjusted Weight of 629#. We expect that he would have done quite well in test and will have the highest level of carcass traits. This bull has done quite well since we have gotten him back and is a good choice for a breeder looking for Wagyu influence in their herd. He will sell for $3000.
Mature Braunvieh Bulls for sale
We just sold our J-Bar bull. While we have no mature Braunvieh Bulls for sale at this time, we are selling a 50% interest in the 69ZA bull (can be seen on herd sire page) as a 50% interest in our James bull. Both would be for 1/2 possession and semen interest if buyer so chooses. These are bulls that are so good, I cannot rationalize selling them outright. We want the opportunity to use them in the future.
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.
Ok…so much for my rant. Now for the results. And when comparing results, remember for the most part, these are the breeders that are willing to do WHATEVER it takes to produce the best! Some of these guys are hauling animals 1500 miles (or more) These are not run of the mill genetics. The truth is, with the exception of a couple, every bull in this test was a darn good bull, and would move most any program in the right direction.
This is what the 8 bulls below were able to do at the last Navasota test….they arrived to the ranch on November 1st.
On average daily gain (ADG), Diamond H bulls garnered the top spot, three of the top 5 and 7 of the top ten.
On Profitability Index (a formula that combines ADG and RFI together, a very important number), Diamond H bulls won 2nd place and 3 of the top 6 spots.
On RFI, (Residual Feed Intake). Diamond H bulls took 3 of the top 7 spots.
Three of these Braunvieh bulls sold the day I got home. I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT THE TWO THAT ARE LEFT ARE GOOD BULLS! They were a good group as a whole! People have traveled from East Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia to buy their bulls. I have yet to get good pictures of all them, but will keep trying. These bulls are fully tested and have passed a breeding exam by a licensed veterinarian. Again I say, these are only pictures. These bulls will impress you when you see them. They are consistently thick, muscular, bony bulls with big feet and big butts! As you can see by the picture, they are very gentle as well.
58A (PB 84507) has a Braunvieh pedigree that is as foundational as they get. He is a James son out of our H37ET El Conquistador Daughter. That puts a slew of very well know Braunvieh Bulls and Braunvieh Cows on both sides of this pedigree! HIS MOTHER WAS 16 YEARS OLD WHEN HE CALVED and She is BRED BACK! THAT is longevity that makes you money.
And look at the job she did…… DOB 9/23/2013 BW77 ADJ WW 592 Then the calf took the ADJ WW to a YW of 1118. There is growth in this pedigree as well!
And finally, the tested performance: ADG 3.79 RFI 1.47 Adj REA 11.48 and Adj IMF of 3.209
This bull was diagnosed with Vesticulitis and is being treated. He will not leave the ranch until that is cleared up. He is for sale in the mean time, we will hold him for you.
61A (PB84510) is a very good calf both phenotypically and performance testing wise. As you can see, he has all the signs of good fertility.
DOB 9/29/2013 BW 78 ADJ WW 609 ADJ YW 1135 Heterozygous Black/Wild Type
ADG 3.93 RFI -1.90 Adj REA 11.48 Adj. IMF 3.209 Leptin CT
61A is a Mtn King Son (a fullblood bull) out of a cow we raised, U32, sired by Cornerstone.
There is a lot of performance in that pedigree, and it proved itself in the test. This is a top pick. Kenny agreed…He is sold!
66A (PB85419) DOB 10/6/2013 BW 84 ADJ WW 619 ADJ YW 1035 Heterozygous Black/Wild Type
ADG 3.64 RFI 2.16 ADJ. REA 12.27 ADJ IMF 4.61 RIB FAT .32 Leptin CT
66A is out of our Fullblood sire, 3W. His dam is a Ranger 11R daughter that came out of a very powerful cow. She lowered her dams BW. This guy is stout! I will post a better picture when I can get him to cooperate!
69A (PB84518) DOB 9/29/2013 BW 79 ADJ WW 609 ADJ YW 1135 Homozygous Black Heterozygous Leptin
ADG 3.57 RFI -1.84 ADJ. REA 12.30 AJD IMF 3.8 Scrotal 37.5 CM
69A is a bull that balanced ADG and RFI (efficiency) to earn a 108 ratio in the profitibilty index in a performance test of over 200 bulls representing 9 breeds! He is excellent phenotypically as well. This bull will move most any program forward. Excellent performance numbers, low birthweight, good carcass traits, Leptin in a Homozygous black, polled package! He is sold!
79A (BC 84527) 7/8 Braunvieh DOB 11/18/2013 BW 92 ADJ WW 693 ADJ YW 1249 Heterozygous Black
ADG 4.25 RFI -1.27 Carcass data not yet available (see notes below)
This bull is definitely the top performer of this bunch. Take note….he is 1 to 2 months younger than the rest in his contemporary group and that is A LOT at this young age! He was so young he was outside the limits for the acceptable dates for scanning. That data will be available soon. It is going to be good. This is not a heifer bull, but I do not believe he will cause any problems on cows. Look at the growth between weaning (just short of 700) and yearling weight. This is one special bull. He will definitely pay for the premium in price that he will command! He is sold!
Here are a few pics of young Spring bulls on test which will finish in February 2015. We sent a good group of bulls to that test. I have my eye on a couple for for the Diamond H as well!!