Braunvieh Heifers for Sale
Let me say something before you read on. This is the number one hit page on our website. Everyone wants to buy a young cow that has a long productive life ahead of her. If you have experience dealing with heifers, please skip to “Whats for sale” below. If not, PLEASE take the time to read the next little bit. It may, or may not, save you ALOT of grief!
We have lots of potential customers asking for heifers. But when I say “I want to fill my customers needs, I mean that! So, I start asking questions. “No I don’t live at the ranch….No I don’t have a chute…..No…NO… ” Heifers are not a great way to get your start in the cattle industry! Here’s why:
Lots of work and expense~Anyone that has developed heifers knows what I am talking about. We push our heifers pretty hard. To get one to breed in 16 months or less you have to give ’em the best ya got. The best pasture, more supplementation. Then if you get them bred, we all know the time/work involved. You make the best breeding decisions you can, but no matter what, you expect some calving problems…..in pretty much ANY breed! Then you have do deal with mommas that need a little help with learning. You are the teacher, like it or not. Bottle feeding, late nights, momma rejecting the calf…..it’s all part of the deal. And then, even when you do everything right……there are:
Lots of disappointments. She’s a bad momma. She doesn’t breed back. She’s got no milk. All that work for a cull (and you will have those, regardless of what you invested in the heifer). We have all seen that heifer turn around and look at that wet calf laying there and she’s thinking “what is that thing…..where’s my feed? I have to confess, I have had some very bad thoughts in those moments!
Which heifers to keep is among the most difficult decisions we have to make as cattle breeders. Add to that, I have to sell some of my best genetics to develop a reputation and repeat buyers, while at the same time, keep the future core of my herd. That is a fine line to walk.
Take a look at the Braunvieh bulls that we use on heifers. They are some good rips and are proven low BW bulls! We are blessed to have them standing for us in the pasture
Not a small part of the value of these heifers is the bull to whom they are bred. Most all are cleaned up by Xerox. As you can see, he is very phenotypically correct, additionally, he makes em very clean fronted. His daughters have topped the price in LOTS of Braunvieh auctions. He is moderate in frame, and one of the top reasons…he is in the top 1% in the breed in birthweight! He’s good…he makes ’em good! For more information, check out this link (herd sires)
Well, Yes…I AM a Ranger 11R fan. I am a fan because he was a special bull. Now, I realize there are those that don’t hold my viewpoint, but I hold results in high regard, and the performance of his genetics (via sons and daughters), are well documented. You can read more about him at this link…herd sires. Many of these heifers are AI bred to Ranger 11R conventional or female semen. The female semen quantity is very limited….I consider this a very valuable breeding. His females are moderate, have excellent udders, and consistently wean calves of 50% or above of their own body weight. Of course, the female calves tend to lower birthweight even more. If the AI sticks, you will get a good result, one that I believe will move your program forward.
Our newest heifer bull is Kenworth 19E. He surfaced in the testing of our Fall 17 bull calves. His own BW is 68, His dam has had him and a 64# calf that grew like a weed! He tested well, had a strong RFI and an excellent IMF number. Weaned 631 and hit 1031 as a yearling. He is a Y47 son, (like a lot of our good ones) out of Ranger 11R daughter. That makes Ranger11r great gransire on the sires side and grandsire on the dams. Stacking good on good!
I had the vision to sell only bred back, second calf heifers. I still think that is a good business model, as it takes most all the risk of development of heifers from the customer, and I think most cattlemen would gladly pay for that. Well, the weather has blocked that path; we simply do not have the pasture necessary to develop them to that point. So…back to the drawing board. I write this in January 2019. I don’t know if that will ever change….God will decide.
SO WHAT IS FOR SALE?…….
This group of heifers has persevered through a lot of drought, and bad pasture, and did I mention drought? No kidding, the last 2 years has been especially difficult. )Just recently we got .08″ and everyone in every direction 10 miles away got 1.5….seems par for the course) I did not have the money to supplement the group with alot of feed to push them alongand they simply were not ready to breed at the usual 14 to 16 month mark. The heifers that start with E were born spring of 17, making them (at the writing of this post) coming 2 year olds. The better ones weigh 950 to 1050, and lesser 850 and up. If they end in E, they are fall 17, thus are long yearlings. Not all of the group were bred, and I kept several as replacements as well. We have sold the majority of this group before even listing to existing customers that put deposits on them before breeding. At this post we have about 10 or 12 left. We bred AI on CIDRS and Lutalyse, and the majority came into heat. They were AI’d to Ranger11r or Xerox, and pasture exposed to 77ZA, Xerox, and our new heifer (we hope) bull, Kenworth 19E. More on him above.
Please be aware and be assured that some of the pictures are not so good. Heifers are the worst to try to photograph, and I’m telling ya, I can take two pictures 10 minutes apart, and you wouldn’t believe it is the same heifer(lighting, position,etc) So, please, don’t think these pictures look ANYTHING like the animal. There are some good females, a few great, and a few mediocre….You will know what I think of them when you get the info/price list! In the meantime, to give you some point of reference, I will catagorize them A (ones we are very proud of), B (a very solid female, “front pasture” in some programs and C (not our best phenotypicaly, but they are functional females that have th potential to put a good calf on the ground every year. At time of this post, near the end of January 2019, we have 12 left to sell. I imagine they will go fast.
09E DHR Clementine PB94105 DOB 9/17 BW 79 Adj WW 597 Wt 1/26/19 925#
Well, I thought I would start out with a horrible picture of a great heifer. Contrary to the picture, she is very deep, shows lots of volume, has a lot of top in her! Her dam is a good James daughter that personally weaned 681(117) from a 74# BW! Here first calf weaned 615 (107). I bred her to a Mexican bull named Setenta Bubikon. When I saw a picture of him, my jaw dropped…..this guy was some kind of meat wagon. There are not stats on him, but he was phenotypically extraordinary! What I am saying, this heifer is definitely a catagory ‘A” heifer and there is lots of growth in a pedigree that boasts low BW to boot! She is only 16 months old with a great career in front of her. AI’d and pasture bred to Xerox. This one is loaded with potential.
E43 DHR Jupiter BC92381 DOB 1/17 BW 73 Adj WW 536 Wt 1/26/19 890#
I often talk about breeding being like a jigsaw puzzle and the animals being the “piece”. Jupiter brings a lot of “pieces” to the table. Start with a low BW, gives you flexibility on bulls to put on her in the future….moderate that big power bull you want to use with this cow. She still had a very respectable 536# wean weight. Good phenotype. She is out of a very good 1/2 blood Wagyu sired cow, sired by our 77ZA bull and so has Ranger11R on both sides of her pedigree. I believe 3/4 bloods are where your very best purebred heifers come from. More heterosis means higher performing purebreds. Though there is no ultrasound data, her Waygu genetics almost insure great carcass traits in her calves that go to the feedlot. This is a class A gal, AI bred to Xerox, and pasture exposed to 19E.
E55 DHR Ethel PB92388 DOB 2/17 BW 81 Adj WW 541 Wt 1/26/19 1020#
Normal name, nothing normal in the heifer. This picture is from October, she has put on 250 or 300# since taking it. Her dam, U09, is a very compact Ranger 11R daughter that has never missed in 9 years of production on the Diamond H. Her bulls have ratio’d a 107 average , heifers 102, with average birth weights of 83 and 79 respectively, making her a definite donor prospect! E55 is sired by 77ZA, making this heifer a good Ranger11R line breeding. As I said, this group had a tough upbringing, nutrition wise. Though she had a respectable wean weight, she was one of only four in her contemporary group that grew to over 1000# as of 1/24/19. This girl definitely has the potential to find her way into the donor pen like her dam.
E60 DHR Ethel PB92937 DOB 2/17 BW 80 Adj WW 491 Wt 1/26/19 895#
This heifer is the first calf out of a young cow B10. B10 is sired by Powerdrive, the sire of two donors on the Diamond H. I have high hopes for her. E60 is out of our 77ZA bull. She was at the end of the program, and was weaned at 5 months. Her dam struggled as a sophomore heifer in our stark conditions. She did however, breed back! Then E60 has done well on her own, making it just shy of 900#. She is a moderate cow that I think will be a productive member of any herd. She is phenotypically good, This B female has shown to be slow to mature and i believe will find her legs as she grows! Pasture exposed to 19E.
E67 DHR Lu Lu BC92399 DOB 2/17 BW 75 Adj WW 509 Wt 1/26/19 900#
This heifer tells the story of this group. Her 1/2 blood dam has weaned 5 calves on the ranch, 3 other females, at 606, 619, and 751 pounds. If you take Ethel out, she has ratio’d an average of 108! This group of heifers had it rough! So….I am predicting a great life for this gal. She will continue to develop and mature into a very productive cow. She is sired by 77ZA, and as I have said, I think these 3/4 blood females are the among the most productive females for the registered breeder. She is a B+ heifer, AI’d to Xerox, pasture bred to 19E.
Heifers are so willing to help you take a picture. Here ‘s one I got when I tried to shoot a few.
God’s Best to you all !
Heifers, are without doubt much like their human counterpart…..middle school aged girls. I can hearing them saying..”is this my good side?” or “does my hair look OK?” All I know, they are a PAIN to take pictures of. This is an usual pose… It is very time consuming to get the job done well.
Please contact us if you are looking for females. Things change. Let’s talk about what you are looking for to compliment your program. If we don’t have it, maybe I can help you find it. And don’t forget, pray for rain, and pray for our country!