42S is the oldest Ranger11R daughter in the BAA herdbook. We own her dam (a donor) and several of her daughters. She represents a great cow family on the Diamond H.
Our approach on the Diamond H is to start with the very best genetics. We started our herd with what we thought fulfilled that purpose. We can be seen at the purebred sales, buying the best genetics available like the Xerox bull. At a recent national sale we bought the high selling bull, and the sale before that, the high selling pair. We don’t do that so we can say we bought the most expensive cow or bull, but because, it is a fact, quality genetics cost more, and we are not afraid to invest in our program. Then we bring some of the top bulls in the breed via AI to mate with those cows. We develop both heifers and bulls giving them the best nutrition we can. I don’t have to tell you, that approach has become very expensive the last few years. The drought has “changed the landscape” of input costs. For instance, our supplement of choice, cottonseed, was priced at $160 a ton in 2009. This last winter, it was $320, down to $280 this year. The very same roll of hay (a 18% protein bermuda) that I feed heifers and breeding cows, was $50 in 2009, is $100 this year. Do you see a pattern? Double…….in three years. Even the water system we are on (and most of our cattle drink from) recently increased the price 18%. Three years ago, I could carry a cow for $20 a month. Today it is more like $60, maybe more. SO…..when you see the price of cow or heifer, you need to remember why the price is where it is. There is very good news for the commercial breeder. THINK ABOUT IT. If you invest in a good bull and he puts 50 pounds on your weaning weights, well it takes very little time for a bull to pay for himself, not to mention the quality of the females he will produce. Then add the efficiency that Braunvieh bring to the equation and that cheap bull you bought from your neighbor just got EXPENSIVE.
This is the kind of bull that can increase your bottom line. He sold to a breeder in Virginia.
As seedstock producers, we strive to deliver a cow that will do her job, and produce a superior offspring, every year. One that will produce a calf that gains well, and weans at least half her body weight. And after all that….. capture premiums on the grid! We endeavor to breed bulls that work hard, travel well, are fertile and produce offspring that will improve your genetic package. And our goal is that they will do that, while being more efficient than other cattle.
This video tells a little about Karra and I and how we feel about what we do. If you have a few minutes, please take a look.