Diamond H Herd Sires
When you read this page, you will notice something. Three purchased senior herd sires, proven in the pasture and of superior quality. We looked for, and bought great genetics that fit our goals. Then you will see a group of bulls that have our herd code on them. We believe our cows can raise superior genetics. We are constantly testing and breeding our own bulls in search for the next great one. He is waiting for us to find him, we are looking!
Ranger 11R (PB53600)
Any breeder of cattle will tell you he/she had a favorite. Maybe it was because of personality, or maybe performance….but just like kids, we have a favorite. Ranger 11R is/was mine. He was easy to load, had a great personality and we have yet to replace him, try hard as we have. He passed away on November 16, 2013 and I sure do miss him. There are lots of good “Ranger stories”, but suffice it to say, he liked to breed. At first he was very difficult to load. BUT, he was smart too….so when he figured out that when he got on the trailer, he got off in the midst of fertile cows….he LOVED the trailer. In fact, we just pulled into the pasture and he jumped in! He was “Angus black” and has been DNA tested homozygous black and homozygous polled. Two things impress us about Ranger.
First, he is extremely consistent, he brings quality to every breeding. He has a very broad top, massive depth and volume (yes black Braunvieh can have depth) and a superb rear quarter. His results are well documented in the pasture and feedlot tests.
Second are his birth weight to weaning weight curve. We used Ranger as a heifer bull when he was young, and consistently AI our heifers to him today with no birthing problems. In Fall and Spring of 2011/2012 his average birth weight on over 30 calves was 74.5 pounds. His dam is a long bodied black cow out of Final Answer, making Ranger double bred of the well known Phenomenon cow.
Ranger 11R was TWO TIME winner of the Herd Sire award at the Midland Bull Test in Montana . A Ranger daughter, who was a top seller at the 2011 National Braunvieh Sale had a BW 78, WW 640. She was ultra-sounded at 14 months weighing 1180 pounds with a 16.2 ribeye, IMF of 4.14, and .20 BF. His genetics are performing in the pasture, in the feedlot, and at the packers.
We have both conventional and male semen on Ranger 11R.
X002 Xerox PB72603
(owned in partnership with Alexander Braunvieh Farm)
When Xerox became available, I studied him hard. The result of my research, told me he is a definite part of the breeding puzzle for the Diamond H. I have been seeing his daughters at various sales for three years. Two things struck me. First, they were phenotypically correct….. “the right type and kind” as they say. Thick, very clean fronted, good feet. Second, they topped most of the sales they were in.
He is in the top 1% of birthweight bulls in our breed. He puts depth of flank and spring of rib in his cattle. And, very importantly for me, he cleans up the front. Ranger cattle carry a lot of dew lap. Honestly, that is ok with me, it serves a purpose in cattle. However, there are a lot of people that want em clean fronted. He does not put a lot of power in his calves…that is where I think my cattle can help this bull in his weakness’ and he can help them in theirs.
We have his first calves on the ground, and they are good! I can’t wait to see what they do at the weaning pen! They are way thick, and very correctly put together! Here are a couple of them, on both out of Ranger daughters….I think it’s gonna work well!!
Mr. James AS50405
A friend told me about James. My research told me that he was a low birth weight bull with strong weaning and yearling weight performance. A very high percentage of his prodigy are still in registered herds, which told me they were functional. My thinking was to put him on my polled and black Ranger daughters, thus stacking the low birth weight, high performance genetics of these two, big butted, big footed bulls.
His daughters are superior. I recently sold a James son to a commercial guy. Now that son’s calves are weaned, I will probably buy him back! Consistently thick, and deep calves!
James is now 12 and I sold him to a breeder in south Texas. He will service a small group of good Braunvieh cattle there…..sort of a “semi” retirement!
We have both conventional and sexed semen available on James.
3W “Lonestar Vernon” OB52132
We bred Lonestar and sold a half interest in him to our good friend Dwight Alexander, and he has certainly proven his worth as a herdsire for the Diamond H. He is a Northstar Vernon son, out of a cow that was a top selling heifer at the first Broken Oak production sale. His dam is a Vernon grandaughter and the bottom side of her pedigree has Erle, Sampson 629, Sambo Jordi, and Swiss Way Marshall 53. He has yet to miss (produce a poor calf) in a breeding. When you see him in person you will find him to be smooth; very balanced, front to back. His birth weights are very consistently in the mid to low 80’s and calves have lots of bone and muscle, and are very stylish, with LOTS of growth. His sons have done very well at both Navasota and Green Spring testing facility. A 3W son had a -4.27 RFI, the lowest I have ever heard of! Perhaps one of his best traits is his disposition! He is a teddy bear! The calf pictured below is 6 months old, out of a 1000# Ranger daughter. And for the first time, we have his genetics available to the public, with both conventional and sexed semen for sale.
Y34 “DHR Cha-Cha” PB 76599
Y34 was chosen for several reasons. First, performance. He had a 4.37 ADG, a 1.52 REA/CWT, and a 3.42 IMF. He is tested Homozygous Black, and his coat is getting pretty much “Angus Black” . His own birthweight was 64 pounds, and he was the first calf for a cow that has not had an offspring over 67 pounds. He is certainly a smaller framed bull, but currently weighs 2030. He definitely has the power and phenotype that I am looking for. He produces thick fancy calves that perform. He was clean up on our non black spring cows. I’m working on pictures of some of his calves.
The Diamond H Braunvieh Heifer and Potential Herd Sire Bulls
When you are working to develop top producing genetics in a high performance breed, there is a “push-pull” between your performance goals and the problems that result from pushing the envelope genetically. I believe it should be any breeders goal to get a female in production as soon as possible. It is better for the development of the heifer to become a cow, and certainly better for profitability for the program. Heifer bulls are perhaps one of the most difficult lines to walk. Many breeders choose the route of low performing breeds such as Longhorn or Jersey. Yes, it gets a live calf on the ground and puts the calf in the position to learn to be a momma. However, the resulting offspring is often less than desirable, and usually terminal.
We will not compromise performance. We are always looking for a bull that has the performance we are looking for, while at the same time will put a live calf on the ground. These bulls are being used for different reasons, but with these ultimate goals in mind. Please take note, these pictures are not all that good, we are constantly trying to upgrade the quality of our pictures.
ZA 77 “DHR BEEFMAKER” PB 82446
This Ranger 11R son is out of a consistent fullblood cow. He calved on 10/5/12 at 82# . He went on to wean at a whopping 725# and a 1237# yearling weight. That gives him a WDA of 3.45…that works! During the Navasota test, he had a top five performance in both ADG and RFI with 3.12 and -.84, respectively. He ratioed 1.27 in REA and had a 4.08 IMF. We bred him to the spring 2014 heifers and several cows. No birthing problems, good birthweights. He has MOST of the top wean weights….this guy seems to be the real deal.
Y47 PB76603 DOB 2/2011 BW 74 ADJ WW 626# YW 1127# “A Bit of Quinto”
First, let me say, this is good picture and not a great one. Born 2/5/11 at 74# grew to wean at 626# and reached 1127# at yearling. He is sired by Quinto, out of our “Bitsy 011T” cow, a Ranger daughter out of Elena 507, the madam of a very strong cow family our ranch. Even this poor picture gives ya the idea he is big butted, deep in flank and has lots of volume. He is Angus black (that is red dirt that makes him look brown). I sold him to a commercial breeder while he had a group of sons on test in Navasota. That group of sons DOMINATED the test….so….. I called my customer, and asked to buy him back. After a couple years of persistent calling, I did finally get him back. He has bred several cows that will calve in Fall 2016.
And the newest member of the herd battery…………
52A OB85216 “Yukon’s Pride” Adj WW 623 ADJ YW 1156
Dwight Alexander and I saw this guy at the Navasota sale. I had an opportunity to buy his sire, Yukon’s Image. He is a very well made bull with a strong pedigree, most notably out of the Trina 376 ET cow….a true stand out in the breed. Her pedigree includes, Riss, Forelle, Admiral, and number of cows from Switzerland. 52A’s dam is out of a JW Lightfoot cow (he was a very accomplished breeder) and is a Yukon daughter. SO…that makes our bull line bred to Swiss Way Yukon on both sides of the pedigree. That makes him bred twice to such greats as Dado, Swiss Way Lincoln, Musli (a cow in lots of top pedigrees) and a Canadian powerhouse bull, Norman Bubikon. We thought he would make a great bull to work with our Fullblood standout, Lonestar Vernon 3W. Time will tell, but we are satisfied with the way he is looking thus far. Check back in a couple of years!