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, 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 29th 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!
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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 $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.
Are Diamond H bulls a good value?
That is a good question to ask. One way to make that decision is to compare to what has sold
on the market.
Both these bulls sold at auction in Ft Worth 1/15/17. Both are very good looking bulls. Both bulls are not tested. Both, I am confident, have been fed fairly heavily since an early age. The top bull was born 1/27/16 with a BW of 100#. His Wean wt was 670#, no posted yearling weight.
The lower bull had a 67# BW, 685 WW and a 1035# YW.
Their prices were $16,000 and $7500. You decide.
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.
- Un-Tested Bulls on the ranch. 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 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!)
Y34 PB 76599 DOB 1/1/11 BW 64 ADJ WW 591 ADJ YW 987
DOB 10/09 BW 75 ADJ WW 480 YW 790
Well, the big news is our senior herd sire, Y34 “Cha Cha”, is for sale. He has had an impact on our herd, that is for sure. He is certainly among the best Ranger son 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!
69ZA PB82440 DOB 9/25/12 BW84 ADJ WW725 ADJ YW 1268
You may or may not know, I am in the retail gift business, and we just went through “crunch time”. I did so without any help here on the ranch, which necessitated that I traveled 250 miles round trip 3 times a week in addition to working 10 hour days. Not whining, just explaining why the website has not had the attention it deserves. One of the things that went undone was posting the information that went with the two pictures of this bull….69ZA. Well, our new friend, Allen Davis, invested in this bull to be “point man” in his commercial program. I think he made a good choice. Even though he is sold….I think it is worth having the data on this bull posted for a short while. He is out of a cow bred by Golden Link before they retired, and is sired by a magnificent bull bred by the San Augistin Ranch in Mexico…”Huron”. He has more frame than our usual production, and he had some VERY impressive growth numbers. Birthed at 84#, he took off from there to reach 725# at weaning, and 1268# at yearling. He was gain tested at the Navasota and he was a star. He not only had the best results for the Braunvieh breed but was had the number 2 “profitability index” number for ALL BULLS and ALL BREEDS. Profitability index is the aggregate of RFI (efficiency) and ADG (growth measurement). Profitability index, is perhaps THE most important number in the analysis of the performance of a bull. It was a difficult decision to sell him. Being a seedstock producer (versus a commercial producer) changes our decision making process some. We have three traditional colored herd sires. AS GOOD AS HE IS, it just didn’t make sense to keep another “colored” herd sire. Once again, the Angus’ people emphasis on color has impacted a decision that, (honestly) doesn’t make complete sense from a production standpoint. The result is Mr Davis made what I believe will turn out to be one that moves his herd forward in a hurry!
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 is 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 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 just don’t 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).
So yes these are young bulls, and if you are not familiar with Braunvieh, you may think they are too young. They can handle 15 to 20 cows, though I know yearlings (we own one) that bred 29 cows in 30 days! These are not the best pictures, but these guys are VERY difficult to get to photograph. Will work on better ones.
76C PB89305 DOB 8/31/15 BW 85 Adj WW 540 Adj YW 1001
This moderate Ranger son got his size from his dam, a 3/4. It was Y78 “Lefty” first calf. He had an ADG of 3.71 (ratio of 104.1) and did so with a -1.04 RFI….an efficient gainer. I think he will put milk in your offspring, and should moderate your cows. His REA was 11.96 and IMF was 2.66. He is scurred polled and heterozygous black.
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!
91C BC89309 DOB 10/02/15 BW 85 ADJ WW 600 ADJ WW 1037
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!
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! 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)! This is the only picture I have been able to get…and I know it is bad! He is sired by Y34 to a very good fullblood we bought in Wyoming. 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 is among the top picks.
107C PB90729 DOB 11/24/15 WW 529 YW 1091
OK…cow photography 101…NEVER use a picture of an animal that is moving. Well….I have been trying to get a good photo of this fella for 2 months now…and this is the best I have gotten…by a long shot! It 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.