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”. 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. This is NOT Childress!
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.
Our Braunvieh Bull Development Program
The drought has impacted every decision we make on the Diamond H. We have culled the herd over 50% from our pre-drought numbers in 2010. That has, in turn drastically reduced the numbers of bulls we are able to produce. The good news is, that the majority of males we produce are kept intact, though the number is small.
How to buy Braunvieh bulls 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.
- Bulls that have completed testing at the Genetic Development Center in Navasota, Texas. You can read about the center by clicking on the “GDC” link above. Let me say, this is a first class, state of the art testing center, which includes 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 at Navasota. 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! 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 strongly believe that performance testing 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 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.
Registered Braunvieh Bulls for sale at the Ranch
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 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 old 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 significantly more for that good, fully tested bull, remember……it’s a little (sic) more work and a lot more expense.
Braunvieh Bulls standing on the Ranch for sale
Next, we have three long yearling bulls ready to go to work. They did very well on the test, two are black. I will post the pictures and info the weekend of March 12th with any luck! All the bulls below have sold. I knew it was a matter of time…this was a great set of bulls. I am going to leave them up for a while to give our new visitors a feel of the bulls that we sell! And by the way, we pre-vacced our fall calves March 10th. There are some real dandies coming!
SOLD! DOB 8/30/2013 BW 88# ADJ WW 653# YW 1005#
This is the King James bull. He is out of our James P6 bull. He was bred by Stoney Sheer, a fella out of California that we are doing some breeding work with. Stoney used him some and the drought in California has forced him to cut back his herd drastically (a fact we know all too well). Any way we told Stoney we would sell the bull for him. As you can see…he’s a good young bull!
The top picture was taken 1/22/16 (29 months of age). His dam is a great looking cow that was sired by Black Icon with Elino as the sire on the bottom side. This pedigree is full of big names in the breed!
WE HAVE A VERY GOOD GROUP OF YEARLING PERFORMANCE TESTED BRAUNVIEH BULLS FOR SALE!
I picked up these bulls from Navasota late October. It was not until I got them home that I realized…..
THIS MAY WELL BE THE HIGHEST QUALITY, MOST CONSISTENT GROUP WE HAVE EVER PRODUCED!
This business is not for the anxious. It requires painstaking effort with small steps forward. I am proud of how our genetics performed at Navasota. We had 3 bulls tie for 3rd overall! In fact we had 4 of the top 6 bulls in ADG and 6 of the top 11 and 8 of the top 20! Remember…the bulls that go to this test are not the average bulls in our breed…these are the ones coming from producers that are tracking/monitoring how their cattle perform. These bulls represent most of the top Braunvieh programs in the country And our genetics rose to the top! That consistency is what we are trying to breed into our genetics!
Our bulls are priced 70% on their performance, no guesswork here. Then we analyze phenotype and what I know about the potential in the pedigree (remember, occasionally a bull out breeds himself). So part of pricing is to rate them on phenotype…”eye appeal”. I had a very difficult time drawing significant differences in this bunch. I got pretty picky and I rated them 71/2 to 9 out of ten! That is a first…none were rated under 7 on eye appeal!
So….the price of the test adds $1000 to the value/price of the bull. We want our customers to come away feeling like you get what you pay for. The price is in large part objective (numbers, quantitative), and a smaller part, subjective (opinion). These bulls start at $4250.
ALL FALL BORN BULLS ARE SOLD! I am going to leave a couple of them on the website for a while so those of you that have not seen them will have opportunity to get familiar with the quality of what we sale…..
SOLD! PB87080 DHR “Bar None” DOB 9/30/2014 BW 83 ADJ WW 774 ADJ YW 1085
ADG 3.69 REA 13 ratio 107 IMF 3.25 ratio 84 Rib Fat .12 Rump fat .16 RFI .-1.43
B108 is a very good all round performer, perhaps close to the top! First in the pasture as a calf…Grew from 83 to adjusted of 774. Mom did a very good job! Check out his ADG of 3.69, which put him in 3rd overall (by .3# per day). And he did so with a -1.43 RFI…that’s very good efficiency. This bull will make you money in the feedyard! And the REA and fat stats will have you finishing with premiums on the grid! I bought his mother in Wyoming…and she just had another excellent calf! This is
SOLD! PB87088 DHR “Bootleg” DOB 10/19/2014 BW 84 ADJ WW 647 ADJ YW 1205
ADG 3.69 REA 13.1 ratio 107 IMF 3.86 ratio 100 Rib Fat .21 Rump fat .18 RFI 2.05
This bull has to be the pick for top of the pack. They are close indeed….but, this guy was in the group of three Diamond H bulls that recorded a 3.69 ADG to tie for 3rd overall. He is out of a cow that I bought when she was on her mothers side that I bought the pair to get her. She has not let me down…this is her 3rd exceptional calf, on her way to donor status. This bull grew from 84 to 1205 his first year on the ranch. He is very balanced in his carcass traits, and good fat measurements. He is tested homozygous black and homozygous polled. This guy is good….he will move a program in the right direction for sure! HE’S SOLD!!
Braunvieh bulls for sale on the ranch
We have four bulls that came off test that are ready to go to work . We had a GREAT deal of trouble in this test. For whatever reason, the pen the majority of Braunvieh were in was a mud pit pretty much the entire time. Knee deep mud and the resulting foot and respiratory illness drove performance way down. ADG numbers (all numbers) certainly show that. To illustrate with ADG numbers:
Pen 9 (problem pen) 29 head top performer 3.88# ADG, bottom performer 1.08# ADG, Pen Average 2.97#
Pen 12 11 head top performer 5.51#ADG, bottom performer 3.13 # ADG, bottom performer 3.48 ADG Pen Average 3.48#..perhaps the most telling stat is the fact that the bulls in this pen ratios on the ADG number ranged from a high of 167 to a low of 106! Certainly these were good bulls, BUT……
No, I’m not whining, but it’s pretty clear that the conditions had a significant impact on the results. It is very unfortunate that so much money was invested for little or no information gleaned. It pretty much was the test in pen 9 and the test in pen 12. There were lots of breeders that had animals sick or suffering pretty much the entire test, and the results were in no way indicative of the quality/performance of their animals, and for them, that is unfortunate.
We were grateful to have the two top spots in pen 9. In fact, we had the only bulls in pen 9 that beat ANY of the bulls in pen 12. So the Navasota test for Spring bulls 2016 is on the books, and it may be the last Navasota test that sees Braunvieh bulls. There are some pretty upset folks! Anyway….moving on……
These are the bulls that we currently have standing on the ranch. The pictures are old and I intend to have them updated by Sunday May 15th. The bulls are looking very good!! These pics are not representative of these guys. I also do not have 3 of them posted. I’ll get that done. I’ve been working on the cows and heifers we have for sale. If you are in the market for a bull…..give me a call, we have some good ones left….you will agree I am sure.
SOLD! C175 BC87499 3/4 Braunvieh DOB 2/26/15 BW 88 Adj WW 723# Adj YW 1105
ADG 3.88# ratio 118 REA 13.65 IMF 3.36 .21 BF
This bull really impressed me. He fought through the adversity and finished the top of his pen with an ADG ratio of 118 and a conversion of 7 to one which gave him a contemporary ratio of 123! Definitely a very efficient gainer! If your herd is Angus based, another thing about this bull should catch your eye. He is 1/4 blood Gelbvieh. Gelbvieh are well known for their milking and fleshing ability. This cross should give an Angus based herd even more heterosis (thus more pounds)! His dam is a very moderate cow, and his sire is the 77ZA bull that has proven himself as a bonafide herd sire for the Diamond H! He’s got the length, and a smooth, balanced look. He is scurred, and tested homozygous black. This guy is a very balanced performance bull! No doubt, a top pick!
c13 PB 87470 DOB 2/21/15 BW 75
Adj. WW 685 Yw 1000# REA 12.98 IMF 12.
13C is a product of Y34 and a fullblood Cow that I sold bred to some folks near College Station. I liked him so much as a calf, I bought him to develop him. He made it through the Navasota mud bog and did well, but he is still green. His ADG was 3.2# with a -1.81 RFI! Great carcass numbers with efficient growth, make this bull a good choice for the commercial cattleman. He is scurred and heterozygous polled.
158C DHR “Black Bit” is out of one of my favorite cows, Bitsy. This is a fertile, productive cow family. The grand dam calved two herd sires that we used here on the ranch. He is sired by “Cha Cha” the Y34 bull. This is a homozygous black, polled bull. He was second in his pen at Navasota, in ADG….a feat in those conditions for sure. Then he ratioed 115 with a 14.63 ribeye and .27 back fat ratioed 150!! Rotten pic..will try for another, but, he is big and thick. Does not have the super defined muscle, he is smooth and wide as a bus. So, this bull covers a lot of ground, color, carcass, performance and gentle as a kitten. He is a dandy!
158C 1/24/15 BW 92 Adj WW 593 YW 1050
Give me a call at 806-68one-9333 and lets talk about what you need for a bull.