Diamond H Ranch Braunvieh Bulls for Sale
INVEST IN YOUR PROGRAM BY INVESTING IN OURS
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 $3500 adds only 25 pounds wean weight, that is $60 plus, per head. Times 30 cows is $1050 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 $1000 per year! 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 your program.
Some good news on The Diamond H!
The first part of the bull test in Navasota is the RFI portion, which spans 80 days. RFI is a very scientific measurement of the feeding efficiency of an animal. The RFI is only relevant to the placement of an animal in the group it tested with….like ADG, RFI can be impacted/influenced by many environmental factors. The fall test was a total of 117 animals representing 7 breeds. The Diamond H had 4 Braunvieh there. Our top bull, a purebred was the number 2 gaining Braunvieh. He gained 4.07 pounds per day, lost the top Braunvieh spot by .18 pounds, and was 20th overall gainer. What makes him a winner in my book was that he was also the top performing RFI Braunvieh Bull (6th spot overall). THAT is what you are looking for …a bull that gains well, and does so very efficiently. 69ZA is traditional color and I had intended to sell him. I have two VERY GOOD traditional colored sires, I don’t need another one. THEN I WENT TO NAVASOTA AND PICKED THIS GUY UP….ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW! I am putting his genetics in my herd, he was the clean up bull on all black cows in spring 2014 breeding. Those calves will start hitting the ground in February of 2015. I will be selling a part of 69ZA. I believe him to be a very special bull. If you are interested, please call.
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. In the meantime: We are taking a two prong approach. We will select what we think are the best bulls (choosing by eyes 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! We will 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
Well, we are in a strong market….for everyone! We are in the same situation as everyone. The drought cut our numbers in half. We don’t have the ground to develop as many bulls as we would be able to sell ……broken record, huh? We have the 9 bulls that are long yearlings listed below in “Tested Braunvieh Bulls for Sale” section.
Mature Braunvieh Bulls for sale
We just sold our J-Bar bull. While e have no mature Braunvieh Bulls for sale at this time, we are selling a 50% interest in the 69ZA bull above as well 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
We have just had 9 bulls come off test at Navasota and will be on the ranch on . These bulls have been fully tested for Average Daily Gain (ADG) and RFI efficiency and Ultrasounded for carcass traits. At the time of writing this (Sunday 10/26), they are still in Navasota and I only have the ADG and RFI results. We did fairly well.
There were only 19 bulls representing 9 breeders. The upcoming spring test is larger. And believe me, I completely understand why most breeders are unwilling to deal with the testing and hat 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.
When I get them home, I will put up pictures, and complete data for each bull. As of today, the ultrasound results are not available. For now I cannot put all the data up, it would take up too much room, so I’ll cut to the chase.
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.
We are pleased with these results, and will put them, in their entirity as soon as possible. If you are looking for a good bull we will have a few. They will most certainly, not last long. The lowest price will be $3750.
Here are a few pics of young Spring bulls on test which will finish in February 2015.