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 April 2019. I don’t know if that will ever change….God will decide.
SO WHAT IS FOR SALE?…….
This first group of females are a fall bred group. They had a very tough pasture experiences both after weaning 2017 and then winter of 2018. Add to that, our summer of 2018 was so bad, I farmed them out to friends that had some grass for at least some of that time. I have not supplemented them at all, so they have developed very slow, they just didn’t have any groceries. I sold the majority of the contemporary group of 38 before I even got them pregged checked. These ones are mostly 1/2 bloods….very nice halfbloods! They are mostly out of Resips that I thought were carrying embryos, apparently were not, and our 77ZA bull bred them. There were soooo many good 1/2 bloods in this group I kept 3 of them for my program. These halfbloods are the foundation of any Black Braunvieh breed up program, and make excellent females for a quality commercial herd……and I think several of these are a great start. There is one very nice purebred that is younger than the others, as well. I think she is gonna be special. All these females are confirmed safe to calf.
E84 BN 92451 Beefmakers’ Black Cat DOB 3/17 BW 85 Adj WW 592
This is just another of the same….big powerful rear quarter, deep flank, lots of spring of rib….If she was standing correctly, you would see the length of this girl. Her wean weight ratioed 103 out of 63 contemporaries. She is a great start on a breed up program or just a strong maternal female to raise great calves. She is bred to Xerox. That will most likely result in a black offspring as well.
E91 BN92469 Beefmakers’ Half and Half DOB 3/17 BW 85 Adj WW 563
All these girls are gentle, she is the most…very inquisitive about humans. Her dam is raising twins this year and will manage to get them both to over 500#! That same mothering ability is in this girl. I always say, give me a cow with lots of capacity, you can go any direction breeding them. They are just doers! She is bred to Xerox, expect a great black calf out of her. Look at that WW…..she is a performer!
E96 BN92468 DHR101 DOB 3/17 BW 76 Adj WW 572
This girls dam is a registered black Gelbvieh that has raised me a bunch of ET calves. This calf is one of only two times she has missed carrying an embryo in 10 years. I’m guessing there was a red gene in her…that is where the red came from. This girl is thick like her dam and I’m expecting she will have the same great fertility and milking ability as her mother (who is currently raising a spectacular ET calf at age 13). Good genetics here.
E103 BN92462 MS Blackstone DOB 4/17 BW 79 Adj WW N/A
This Angus black Xerox daughter has a powerful rear quarter and lots of volume. Her dam is an Angus cow that belongs to Stoney Sheer. She is AI bred to Ranger11r and pasture exposed to the Kenworth19E bull. Regardless of which breeding sticks, you will have an Angus black polled offspring the should be very good! I don’t know why her WW was not in the system, working on that.
E97 BN 92642 Beefmakers’ Domino DOB 4/17 BW 65 Adj WW 562
This is not the best heifer in the group, thats for sure, but she is gonna make a good cow. Her dam was a resip that I was told was 1/2 Braunvieh, 1/2 Holstein and is sired by our 77ZA bull. She had a good spread from BW to WW. And from the breeding, I’m guessing she will be a great milker! She is bred to the 19E Kenworth bull. She is priced to make a good value and is bred right! A good commercial cow.
09E PB94109 DHR Clementine 9/21/2017 BW 79 Adj WW 597
This is one of a few heifers that I had decided to keep but when we bought the cows from Canada (see story here) , I had to let a few of my replacements go. Her sire is a Mexican Fullblood bull named Setenta Bubakon. I saw a picture of him once….He is among the longest, most muscular bull I have ever seen. I had to find the right cow to put him on, and 82ZA seemed the one. She is a James daughter out of a donor we bought from Bennie Phillips. She moderated his BW as, I suspecdted she would and this girl is put together well! She bred as a 14 month old, and I am confident she will make a great cow. Look at that spread BW to Adj WW….nearly 600#! We don’t sell many like this…I keep ’em to myself!
E79 DHR Black Bess BN92455 2/28/17 BW 74 Adj WW 512
Another of the 1/2 blood cattle I considered keeping. She is out of a cow I bought as a freshly weaned calf from a man that bought a large group of heifers from us. This dam has some Maine(among other things) in her and she is one long, thick female. This heifer was sired by Beefmaker 77ZA. I think you will agree she is put together nicely!
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!
Spring Bred Braunvieh Heifers for Sale
This group has about 15 in it. They are still with the bulls. Three are older, that I held back to breed for me, and am going to sell because of the fullbloods I bought. Those three are especially good, and the rest are of varying quality, but I sure like ’em, think you will to. They are currently with the bulls, and will come off breeding on June 25th. I just wanted you to see what to expect.