Welcome to the Diamond H Ranch. For some, this is the only exposure you will get to our ranch, for others, we are fortunate that you may visit us sometime. THAT is, without question, the best way to learn about this breed generally, and our program specifically. Prior to getting to meet you in person, we are grateful you might take the time to look through the pages here to learn about our cattle and our philosophy. I am fully aware there is lots of (perhaps too much) information on this website, way more than website “experts” say you should have. I tried to put a lot of info about the breed, our production program, and our cow philosophy. So, read what you want…skip all the rest! This video will tell you a little about us, and will be one of the few times you will see my wife on camera…she is a shy girl. I met her in first grade, and for lots of good reasons, we have been married 39 years!
So “where should I go first”, you ask? Well, I believe due to the long term nature of this business, as well as the substantial investment a bull or cow represents, it is important to know something about the people you are doing business with. If that is important to YOU, I suggest you click the link and go to this page….Who we are and our view of being a seedstock producer. If you do, you will learn 1). who Karra and I are as people (at least as we see it) and 2). and I think very importantly, our view of the cow/calf business and what we view as our role of being a seed stock producer. If you are intending on investing in our cow program, I hope you will take the time to read this page. But if you don’t and ……..
You want to get to ‘WHAT DO THESE FOLKS HAVE FOR SALE?”,
please choose one of the following links:
If you are interested in a Braunvieh bull please visit: Performance tested bulls for sale.
If you are interested in Braunvieh bred or open heifers, please visit: Bred and Open Braunvieh Heifers for sale
And finally, if you are interested in a females with a proven track record, please visit: Bred Cows or Pairs
There are a couple of other subjects that I think should make the Home page.
First…… we want to introduce our new “potential” senior herd sire, 22E. I say potential because he is just over 2 years old. As of February 2020, I have decisions to make, but, I don’t have all the information I need to make those decisions.. For instance: I don’t know if his females will have good udders, if the males will be sound footed…lots yet to be seen to seen. BUT . man are his calves good, and he certainly has the numbers personally. He tested with 320 bulls, representing 12 breeds including 4 composite breeds. He had the top ADG with a 4.39# and did so with a -.6 RFI. This outstanding growth with the good RFI gave him the top “profitability index”, a combination of ADG and RFI….that, is the holy grail of our business: efficient growth performance! Add to that a 13.73 Ribeye and an outstanding 4.68 IMF (a 148 ratio), made this bull a superior bull in every category . He is a 7/8 Braunvieh, sired by our 21Y Andrew bull and out of a 3/4 blood Y47 daughter who’s dam is a Ranger11r daughter.
These pictures are the same bull, same day, same camera settings, taken 2 minutes apart. As you see, pictures can leave any number of impressions…..you simply have to see the animal in person to correctly assess the animal. We do our best…but nothing is like the beef in the flesh!!
22E DHR Peterbuilt BC94113 7/8 DOB 10/10/17 BW 88 Adj WW 691 Adj YW 1298
ADG 4.68 RFI -.60 Ribeye 13.73 IMF 4.68 BF .31
Second, is the video below (look for the stout bull). It appeared on American Rancher a couple of years ago. If you have the time, I definitely believe it is worth the time spent to hear some compelling DATA facts about the breed from two people that have the the credentials to inform you on the facts. First is 90 year old Harlan Doeschet, the man who brought the original Braunvieh cattle on the boat from Switzerland. They didn’t fly them in those days! He has some great stories about why he chose the breed and why you should as well. Also on the video is Art Brownlee. Originally an accountant, he entered the beef business and has managed it as a business. He has lots of very compelling data as to why Braunvieh are more profitable for the commercial cattleman. If you are new to the Breed, or have questions that have not been answered, these guys present the facts, in a black and white way.
AND if you want to read more about how Art and Merry have operated profitably in all markets, check out this article in the “Angus Beef Bulletin“. (can it get any more third party than that?). It is an older article, they are at 50% Braunvieh genetics now. Art says his data shows (among other things) their Braunvieh cross genetics grade 80% high choice to prime, with no 4 or 5 yield grades. An astonishing FACT…Art has discovered in his data that, if you add a Braunvieh bull to English cow, you will automatically increase one yield grade….that’s something that helps profitability
And Lastly…..there are a couple of things I think you need to know that we do that, I believe, are indicative of our commitment to excellence.
- We have tested all our black genetics to be certain that they are free of any genetic abnormalities found in Angus….all were free of genetic deformations!
- We Have also tested our entire herd to be BVD PI free!. We don’t have one, therefore, will not sell you one either!