Diamond H Ranch Braunvieh Bulls for Sale
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If you are interested in learning a bit more about Braunvieh and some of my opinion of and experience working with the breed read on. If you want to see the bulls we have for sale and don’t want to read all this stuff, scroll down this page and you’ll find the bulls for sale.
If you are unfamiliar with Braunvieh Bulls there are a few things you should know about them. They can breed at an early age, do not think a yearling won’t breed 20 or more cows (we use long yearlings all the time) and typically last several years longer than the the popular black breed (it is common to see a 10 year old Braunvieh bull in the pasture working). That fact alone saves you money! They are very docile and their strong libido makes them naturally hard workers. They will add bone, muscle, and MILK. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO USE A YEARLING BULL ON A FAIRLY LARGE GROUP OF COWS! Please click this link to read a great Braunvieh story from Troy Dean at the Whittaker Ranch in Decatur, Texas. It pretty much sums up why a commercial producer should use Braunvieh Bulls. Everyone (I asked the same question) wonders “If these cattle are so good, why have I never heard of them?” Well, 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, more than the cattle, have prevented this breed from moving forward. Hopefully we are making progress on that as well.
The Braunvieh Association of America (BAA) is working at exposing beef producers to the benefits of adding Braunvieh to their herd. Additionally, as you will discover in trying to find some, there is a shortage of Braunvieh (especially good ones) on the market. We need additional breeders as well! I am chairman of a committee to market Braunvieh and it’s benefits to the public. We have produced a series of programs that have aired on “The American Rancher”. One of the most recent “The Braunvieh Bull…He always works” aired February 2016 on the RFD channel. It is informative and you can hear from people that have made the decision to work with Braunvieh. Of special interest is JHL cattle company. He has as much data as anyone on the planet and his opinion as a result of collecting this extensive data carries weight!
A Diamond H bull working in Utah. If you’ve never been here, I promise you…
this is not Childress!
If you are a video watcher, click on the link to see a video about Diamond H bull philosophy
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(and that number is more likely 50#), 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 DO NOT SKIMP ON OUR BULLS….THAT IS EVIDENCED BY OUR PURCHASING XEROX X002. YOU SHOULD NOT EITHER.
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.
Options of how to buy a Braunvieh bull from Diamond H Ranch
We no longer sell bulls or heifers that have not reached breeding age (one year). We can not guarantee their fertility, and as such do not feel comfortable selling them…please….don’t ask. All bulls that we sell are guaranteed to be breeders. All will have Vet certified BSE tests within the last 6 months.
- Bulls on the ranch, Not performance tested. We have not sold untested bulls for long. I personally believe testing is money WELL SPENT. However, I know this market is tough, and there are folks out there that want to use a good Braunvieh Bull, but can’t (won’t) pay for a tested bull. So, we kept a group of weaned bulls at home come test time. Although, these bulls are not our top tier bulls, around here, if they stay intact, they are good!
- Bulls that have completed performance testing at the Genetic Development Center in Navasota, Texas or Green Springs Bull Test in Nevada Missouri. Both tests include RFI testing, a measurement I believe, will be one of the most sought after characteristics of a bull in the future (from my viewpoint, 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 by the Growsafe system. Remember, efficiency is a very inheritable trait, and it is ONE WHICH WILL CONSISTENTLY 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 HAVE A GOOD IDEA WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT!
- 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 tier of our genetics. These are bulls that topped their contemporaries in testing and were kept to improve the level of genetics in 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 and that of this great breed by selling animals that have clear problems. We are unwilling to do that.
Braunvieh Bulls standing on the Ranch for sale
(and ready to go to work!)
One of our senior herd sires, Y34 “Cha Cha”, is for sale.
Y34 PB 76599 DOB 1/1/11 BW 64 ADJ WW 591 ADJ YW 987
He has had an impact on our herd, that is for sure. He is certainly among the best Ranger sons we have raised to date. Tested Homozygous Black and Polled, he is out of our U10 cow. She is our best bull producer, a Final Answer daughter, making Cha Cha line Bred to Final Answer. And check this out….he has Bonina Phenomenon, certainly a legendary cow, in his pedigree 4 times in three generations!! That is greatness stacked upon greatness, and it shows in the phenotype of the bull. His BW was 64#, and he grew to just under 600. He is a very moderate bull that tops the scales at 2100+ when he is in good flesh! He is no heifer bull, but has birth weights that average in the mid to high 80’s. His calves just got a ton of bone in them! This comin’ 6 year old will move any program, registered or commercial, in the direction ya want to go!
Tested Braunvieh Bulls for Sale
First, it is difficult for some to embrace the value of testing, much less keeping a bull intact, when you can get paid 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 old bull for the 1 year price), and more feed, death risk, fertility risk, marketing expense, time, and the cost of hauling and hard cost of the testing……… and did I mention hassle?!? So when you pay significantly more for that good, fully tested bull, remember……it’s a little (sic) more work and a lot more expense.
We have several good tested bulls standing at the ranch ready to go to work as long yearlings. We have pretty strict standards at the Diamond H as to what makes a bull and what doesn’t. I expect a 600# weaning weight and a 1000# yearling weight. You will notice some in this group did not meet those standards in their entirety. I think a little explaination is in order. First in general, fall bulls on this ranch are at a disadvantage. The fall program demands performance that is contrary to how nature works. First, on birth weights. The last trimester, their dams are eating the best grass we have all year. They just tend to have higher birthweights. Then weaning weights… when these calves reach 90 days, and are beginning to demand lots from their dam, our grass goes dormant, some with protein as low as 2%. We rely on wheat to get them through that tough spot. It’s just impossible to cake them enough. Last fall, November to January, was the roughest I remember. THREE ice storms, one lasting 4 days, several COLD rain storms, but the worst…our wheat did not make ANY fall grazing. We were not able to plant till late October (lack of moisture), and we had nothing for the cows to eat. Truth is, they did a pretty decent job under the circumstances. So….no excuses…you decide if they get a pass or not. But, they had a tough start and we did not creep feed.
That said, they did well at test. All but one of our bulls were in the top 9 of the test and ratioed 103 or better. That bull had the best carcass traits by far. So, I think the argument can be made that the performance was there, but the enviornment they fought through as calves impacted their WDA quite a bit. More on the performance of each below (work in process).
84C PB89305 DOB 9/20/15 BW 85 Adj WW 494 Adj YW 963
This fella is a polled bull out of a Ranger 11R daughter, sired by the Y34 bull. He has a HUGE rear quarter, and looks to be very thick like his sire. He gained 3.6 on test for a 101.6 ratio. He had a slightly smaller Ribeye at 11.96, but had the second highest IMF at 3.8 which was a 130 ratio! This guy is heterozygous black.. Has a lot of eye appeal! He carries one copy of the Leptin gene and is Heterozygous black.
91C BC89309 DOB 10/02/15 BW 85 ADJ WW 600 ADJ WW 1037
SOLD! Seldom does one bull have it all. When they do….get out your pocket book! This bull excels in the area of carcass traits, and if that is near the top of your “must haves” then you should take a hard look at this 5/8 Braunvieh. His sire is a 7/8 bull I sold, but asked the purchaser if I could use him for my fall breeding. The sire is a Ranger/10P breeding, one that has found itself at work on several ranches including the Freeman in Colorado. I have several of this breeding in the tank cuz it works! ANYWAY……his dam is a half blood Wagyu/Braunvieh cross, our first. She is good…..good enough, I might even flush her! She has never had any calf that wasn’t good. This guy is very smooth and balanced….his ADG at the test was lower….3.4. But his carcass was at the top of the heap in both REA and IMF. His ribeye was a large 13.36 for a 109 ratio. His IMF, typically a Braunvieh weak point…..was 3.99 for a 137.1 ratio….over the top! This breeding should have some punch for you commercial guys with Angus genetics ….this guy is gonna give you 0ne big dose of heterosis! He has one leptin gene and is heterozygous black.
86C PB89314 DOB 9/26/15 BW 80 WW 552 YW 1121
I often say, you won’t pick em all at weaning….this guy is proof! He was the best of twin bulls. I decided not to send him to test…..looks like I probably blew that one! He has done very well growing out on grass/very little wheat. He is out of a cow we bought at the National Sale from Colorado, and sired by 3W “Lonestar Vernon”. Man, I like his calves! Deep flank, smooth shoulder, clean front…..nice look! And they perform!! 3W sons won the top ADG and RFI top numbers at the Fall Navasota Test! Look at the WW to YW spread….he did alot on his own! This is a good scamp….and you’ll save some money because he did not get tested.
99C PB89312 10/130/15 BW 82 WW 566 YW 1027
This is one of the very camera shy bull calves (there are several in this group of calves)! He is sired by Y34 to a very good fullblood we bought in Wyoming. Though he did not have a great weaning weight (see the paragraph above, which talks about this) but his genetics took off and he excelled in the small period between weaning and yearling. He performed well at the test….3.68 ADG for a 103.3 ratio. His REA was a bit smaller at 10.95 but he had a good IMF at 3.58, a 123 ratio. This bull is balanced in his Phenotype and balanced in performance as well. He has two copies of the leptin gene, and is heterozygous black. He is among the top picks.
107C PB90729 DOB 11/24/15 WW 529 YW 1091
Not the best picture but is not so bad that you can’t see the general idea of the bull. We did not send him to the test, and just let him grow at his own pace here on the ranch. He is out of a cow that is sired by a bull that Stoney Sheer bought that performed extrememly well at Green Springs. His sire is the Powerstroke bull that has been used extensively in several programs in Nebraska. He is deep flanked, balanced front to rear. He grew quite well from weaning to yearling…..has the makings of a good bull for the commercial operator.
115 C OB 89140ET Gino’s Return DOB 9/7/2015 BW 95 ADJ WW 599 ADJ YW 928
This fullblood bull is sired by a Swiss bull who’s semen was imported to the US. He is known for great females and putting milk in the pedigree. This picture does not show his length….he was not in a great position, but I simply can’t get pictures of these bulls! His pedigree is jam packed with foundational fullblood Brauvnvieh genetics.
191C PB 89297 DHR Ranger’s Tru Believer DOB 4/30/15 BW 95 ADJ WW 602
This is a bull with some great genetics. His dam is N52, the grand dam of show genetics in the Braunvieh breed. I was fortunate to do some IVF work with her in 2015. Anyone who has done it knows that birth weights are problematic in IVF, as well as late pregnancies. This one was a result of that as well. Of all the bulls, I got two with acceptable BW and the other one (BW of 83) got on the wrong side of a fence and died! While this was not the best, I’m telling you their is greatness in his DNA! If he does not sell, I’m gonna put him on several cows.
Bulls just off gain test in Navasota Texas
This group of bulls just came off test and arrived at the ranch 3/8/17. I am still waiting on the ultrasound and yearling data. I will post them as I have time….videos of all of them are below.
D05 BN89896 SLS “King James 10-53” DOB 1/29/16 BW 83 Adj WW 594 Adj YW 1045
REA 11.6 IMF 4.67 BF .33 RFI 3.15 ADG 3.64
This halfblood bull is out of a James son, “King James”, a polled traditional colored bull Stoney Sheer raised. We sold “the King” as a commercial bull….I BLEW that one! My customer was kind enough to trade back for him! His sons and daughters all performed well at weaning, and the sons in this test all performed in the top 50%. This one, D05 is out of a very long, soggy, registered Angus cow. He had a solid, 3.64 ADG….but. his RFI was not great. He is much better looking than this picture and will most certainly, be a good choice for someone wanting to add Braunvieh to their herd on a tighter budget.
D13 PB90145 DHR “Willie Ribeye” DOB 1/17/16 BW 74 Adj WW 622 Adj YW 1150
REA 11.59 IMF 3.26 BF .12 RFI -.15 ADG 2.87
This polled bull is out of a cow I bought out of Mississippi. She had a heifer on her that I liked so well, I bought the pair….turned out to be the high pair at that National Sale! His sire is a Ranger son, A101 we sold after he bred this group. He is out of our 10P donor….a great cow! As the numbers show, this guy had a low BW and and never looked back! His dam did a good job getting him to 622, then look at his yearling wt…..lots of growth in this pedigree. The “big three” are fairly impressive 74# at birth to 1150 YW. Very balanced carcass numbers….this is good balanced bull with good growth.
D15 BC90130 DHR “Mack” DOB 1/19/16 BW 84 ADJ WW 623 ADJ YW 1070
REA 12.2 IMF 3.2 BF .12 RFI -1.87 ADG 4.3
SOLD! polled half blood bull is much darker than this picture. He is out of our best bull producer, U10, a 10P daughter. She puts a great top and rear quarter in her prodigy, and this one is no different. Believe it or not, this breeding was an accident….we put an Angus bull, New Design 458 in her…..was a slip up, but the results were very good. His RFI was GREAT, his carcass data is very good and he was one of 4 bulls that gained 4 pounds or more…..this guy did everything well, and he has the look of a great bull….he is definitely a top pick!
D17 DHR “Jim Dandy” DOB 1/16/16 BW 83 ADJ WW 627 ADJ YW 1045
REA 11.31 IMF 3.59 BF .2 RFI .4 ADG 3.88
The dam of this bull, Y78, is one of the few offspring we have out of our 19T herd sire. She has been a very consistent producer. Sired by the A101 bull. He showed good growth from an 83 # BW, strong carcass numbers, was the average RFI of the pen with the number 4 ADG of 17 head. He is a bull that shows balance, no top numbers, no major hole. He has a very strong phenotype. As his name implies, this is a top shelf bull.
D20 PB90971 DHR “Mustang” DOB 1/22/16 BW 89 Adj WW 594 Adj YW 1045
REA 11.1 IMF 3.75 BF .18 RFI -.84 ADG 3.53
Another good bull out of our full blood 3W bull, this 3/4 blood is out of 02Y, one of our really good Braunvieh/Wagyu crosses. Good growth on momma, then a strong ADG with a negative RFI. He is one of those who’s phenotype makes him stand out in the pasture. He’s gonna be very dark with a distinctive white ring around his muzzle….a mark of quality! This is a top shelf bull to consider as well.
100C BC89313 DHR “Ben Franklin DOB 10/30/15 BW 89 Adj WW 606 15 month wt 1255
REA 14.4 IMF 3.36 BF .24 RFI -.31 ADG 3.92
SOLD! I knew this guy would be a hoss when he was born (when I bred his dam really). He is out of 92w, a black 3/4 blood donor that goes back to our Miss Prime donor (greatness begets greatness). Sired by our double black double polled “Cha Cha” sire, this guy HAD to be good! He had the number three ADG with negative RFI to boot….and let me tell ya, he is a piece of eye candy. Check out that carcass data. He was high priced and was sold before I even got him posted!
There are a couple more I don’t have pictures on….these guys look much better in the pasture, that is for sure! Come look and see for yourself.
82C BC89306 DHR “Vernon 95” DOB 9/19/15 BW 82 ADJ WW 550 16 Month Weight 1420
REA 15.3 IMF 3.11 Back Fat .38 RFI 2.62 ADG 3.53
SOLD! 3/4 blood bull is sired by our fullblood sire, 3W “Lonestar Vernon”. I’m telling ya, he has developed into one GREAT looking bull…I can’t wait to get a picture that does him justice. His dam is a 1/2 blood Hari daughter out of a registered Angus. He is tested Heterozygous Black and is scurred polled. This bull has the look, thats for sure. He had a massive 15.3 REA, A good ADG of 3.53, he was a little disappointing on his RFI, but as we know, every bull has his holes! If you pick em for looks and carcass…this is your bull.
97C OB89311 DHR “Alexander the Great” DOB 10/24/15 BW 82 ADJ WW 542 16 Month Wt 1170
REA 13.5 IMF 3.74 BF .22 ADG 2.78 RFI -4.58
This bull is a paternal sib to 108C. His mother is an ET cow out of the Fieldstone program in Canada, sired by Swiss Way Marshall and goes back to their top donor Imperial Kara, making 97C double bred Marshall on the bottom and line bred Northstar Vernon on the top. This pedigree brings top cows and bulls from the Braunvieh breed in one package. . He had a mediocre ADG but his RFI is the lowest I have ever heard of! Very strong carcass data, make this bull one that will put carcass and efficiency into your herd. He is a good, “piece of the puzzle”. He should produce daughters that you will want to keep!
108C SLS “Mr Sambo 15” OB89344 DOB 11/25/15 BW 75
REA 10.8 IMF 3.45 BF .24 RFI -1.32 ADG 3.15
Those familiar with Braunvieh genetics, will appreciate the thoughtfulness of this ET breeding. The Sambo Jordi, a Swiss import bull bred to a very broody cow sired by GLB 8143 “Yancy” results in a four generation pedigree that includes : (bulls) Elino, Baer, Dado, Northstar Vernon, Prime 035, Markus Rolf, Sambo 737 and (cows) TX Oliva 174 (twice), Bethli, Forelle, and San Augustine Chispita (twice). You want to put some great Braunvieh genetics in you herd….here’s your chance! With a strong ADG and very good ADG, he will be a great choice for English based cattle. Notice the BW…..very low for a Fullblood!
D02 SLS “King James 878” BC89897 DOB 1/19/16 BW 82 Adj WW 671 Adj YW 1170
REA 13.5 IMF 3.74 BF .22 ADG 3.86 RFI -1.06
A young halfblood bull with a bright future. His sire is a young polled purebred and these are his first prodigy to be tested. All three of his sons in this test performed in the top ½ pen, one was top performer. A contemporary paternal heifer weaned 683#. There is growth in this pedigree. Strong growth in this youngster, then add a strong RFI number, and the number 5 overall ADG…this guy is strong! His carcass numbers will ratio very high…still waiting on them. …. Add the Braunvieh bone, muscle, and milk you are looking for, in a performing black and polled package!
D18 “MHF D18” BC 89042 DOB 2/25/16 BW 71# Adj WW 574# YW 1055#
ADG 2.80 RFI 1.52 REA 12.7 IMF 3.09 BF .23
We did not raise this one, but we came across this 3/4 blood bull as a calf on the side of his 1/2 blood dam. I liked what I saw in her and thought she would make a good breeding piece on the Diamond H. His sire is the Yankee bull from a ranch in Colorado whom has a good reputation, and I wanted to see what he would do. He is a good thick bull, pleaseing to look at, but did not perform with most of our bulls. He is an opportunity to put some Braunvieh in your herd for a good price.