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 grandsire on the sires side and grandsire on the dams. Stacking good on good! We have two calves on the ground as I write this. They hit the ground unassisted, both at 79#….they are very good phenotypically, angus black and are growing like a weed! We expect several more on the fall bred heifers currently calving, and will definitely be using him again. I will get a picture posted when he feels photogenic!
I am also excited to offer some heifers bred to a bull we sold to a friend…D20 DHR Mustang. John Rouse bought this bull 18 months ago, and I kept hearing about calves with BW’s under 70# that were growing leaps and bounds! After seeing some pictures of his calves nearing weaning, I talked John into trading him for another bull to use breeding so we could put his genetics in our herd. He is a 7/8 bull that tested very well at Navasota with great carcass traits to boot! He is out of our Fullblood 3W bull to a very good producing 1/2 blood wagyu female, 02Y. I am excited to get his calves on the ground with an eye to add this low BW performance bull to our herd battery! I could not get a good picture while he was here, but this one will give ya the idea….he is moderate, thick and powerful!
D20 DHR Mustang DOB 10/22/17 BW 89 Adj WW 594 Adj YW 1038
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. It is still my hope, but for now, I think we have some great bred heifers to offer. I also want you to know, we do not expect you to have any calving problems with our genetics….that is, to the extent not having problems with heifers is possible !!
SO WHAT IS FOR SALE?…….
The first two females are fall calvers. As I write this late September 2019, they have recently calved, and there are some nice ones! These girls had a very tough pasture experience 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 fed 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. There are two left….they are very nice females, one 1/2 blood and one purebred….both have now calved and will sell as pairs.
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 Fullblood bull from Mexico 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 Benny Phillips. She moderated his BW as, I suspected 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!
She calved this, 79# Xerox son. He is 30 days old here. There is a low BW herd sire candidate, that is for sure!
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. Her 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!
She calved this very nice heifer out of our 19E heifer bull. She is angus black, and is gonna be a beautiful 3/4 blood heifer. Those 3/4 bloods are the ones that make the BEST purebred heifers! E79 will be open to breed back till, 12/8 when I will breed the fall cows.
‘Spring Bred Braunvieh Heifers for Sale
I am really pleased with this group. It is made up of a diverse group, mostly due to the wild swings of nutrition available in the last couple of years. The group that ends in E were calved fall, 2017. They had a horrible first winter, AND growing season, so it has taken this long to get them to breeding weight. The F group are spring 18 calvers, and have done very well to breed at 14 to 16 months. This is a good bunch of gals, there are some gems in this bunch! I guarantee, if I had the pasture, lots of these would be staying on the Diamond H! When you see them in the flesh….you would know why. They are just a solid bunch of females, that’s for sure. They are pasture exposed to either Xerox or the D20 Mustang (see above) bull for the period 4/25 to 6/20, less than 60 days. They have a tight calving window.
E87 DHR Lonestars’ Jamie PB92461 DOB 3/9/17 BW 83 Adj. WW 515
This girl is out of a cow, A20, which is a very moderate James daughter that goes back to a powerful cow that dropped dead in the pasture. It was a shame, she was full of promise. This heifers sire is our fullblood sire, 3W. She was a later maturing cow, but as you can see, she has turned out beautifully! I can see the power of her granddam in her rear quarter, and she is full of deep rib. I was planning on keeping this one, till I bought the Canadian cows and am forced to sell some good ones to keep those genetics. She was palpated safe to calf 120 days, to either our Xerox bull or C190, a Ranger11r/N52 son. This one’s a top pick for sure…lots of potential here!
01E SLS Midge BC94156 DOB 9/10/17 BW 69 Adj WW 533
This is a breeding from Stoney Sheer. He has some cattle here, we split the calves, I chose this Ranger11r daughter. She is a 3/4 blood out of 1/2 blood daughter that is the only “Wide Track” daughter on the ranch. He was a bull Stoney bought that did extremely well at the Green Springs Bull test some years ago. He did not prove to be consistent enough a producer, but we liked this one. Truth is, I didn’t think she would turn into much…she had a ROUGH start nutritionally, and her heifer dam just did not give her the milk she needed due to our pasture conditions. Then this spring we grew some grass and BOOM…..this girl came alive on her own. Now, I am struggling whether to sell her or not. She is black, black, thick and well structured. She is of great demeanor and has all the makings of a great cow. She is palpated safe to calf by the Xerox bull. These will be high performing low BW genetics…this girl is REALLY nice in person!
10E DHR Tan PB 94106 DOB 9/17/17 BW 59 Adj WW 482
Folks, I say it like I see it, and this one is a wild card. She was a twin to a first calf heifer, but not just any first calf heifer. Her dam, C192ET is a prodigy of the Ranger11R/N52 flush. N52 is among the best dams I have ever seen, if not the best. I was honored to flush her to Ranger11r. This heifer had twins out of Xerox. And now for the strangest….she was a free martin heifer. I have read that 90% of free martin heifers will not breed, and we have never had one that would. The vet examined her, and said all seemed right, and we tried to breed her. She is palpated safe to calve to Xerox. You can see, her first calf heifer mother made it work growing her from 52 to almost 500. I think she will make a good cow, she is certainly packed with great DNA. She will be priced to make the risk worth the investment. There are lots of good genes in this DNA, I would not offer her, if I did not think she will add value to any program.
13E DHR Links Juliette PB94109 DOB 9/21/17 BW 67 Adj WW 515
If you visit the Diamond H, you will most likely meet the dam of this heifer, Princess 8s, perhaps the best cow I own. Weighing only 1080 herself, she has weaned 700 three times. She is a machine of greatness. I bred her to Randy Algood’s Silverlink bull who died an early death. I believe he would have proved to be a great one, had he lived. I was excited to see what this breeding would bring. The truth is, her weaning performance was not to my expectations. This picture is mediocre, she wouldn’t hold her head up. However, she is a nice one. Lots of depth and spring of rib. She will make a great cow, she certainly has all the genetics it takes to be great! She is palpated bred to Xerox.
20E DHR Xerox Dynamite PB 94111 DOB 10/10/17 BW 79 Adj WW 590 (103)
Well, I’m not sure, but I think 20E would be considered a full sib to 10E. They are both sired by Xerox, and their dams, though different, are out of the same flush…so? At any rate, this first calf heifers dam, C193 is gonna be great. Also a Ranger11r/N52 daughter, C193 did a great job on this heifer, weaning her to a 103 ratio….. no small feat in our fall herd, I assure you! And folks, she did it on little grub…she did not have a lot to work with nutritionally. This 20E heifer is built like they should be….huge top, strong rear quarter, squared up! This is a chance to get some high octane genetics, and palpated bred to the DHR D20 Mustang bull (pictured above).
23E DHR Sister PB94114 DOB 10/12/17 BW 69 Adj WW 551
When you see this gal in the flesh…you will want to load her up! She is the only one of these “E” heifers out of our 21Y Andrew bull, and her dam, A10 is a James cow out of our Ranger11r donor, 42S. You get the idea….stacked Ranger11r on both sides, James thrown in for more low BW, high growth genetics. She had a low 69# BW and grew to over 550….a VERY respectable WW for a female! Her mom has weaned and average of 103 in our fall herd, this girl will be a good cow!. She has a very wide top, huge rear quarter, depth….she has it all, a very desirable phenotype indeed! Then palpated bred to our Xerox bull, which promises the prospect of a strong offspring which will prove to be a breeding piece. I believe this girl will not disappoint as a top cow in any herd!
Now we transition to Spring calvers born in 2018. These girls bred when they were 14 to 16 months…no small feat as they were raised on their mamas in Weatherford (and all that means). I moved the spring herd there when the calves were babies, intending to help us grow grass at home. Well,the whole experience was not only unsuccessful, it was a complete train wreck! Environment, management, you name it….it was a wreck! The mommas came home in a body score of 4( and some even less). The calves suffered, as their mommas suffered. I learned a lot from the mistake. Bottom line, these heifers were the ones of the group that I felt had matured enough to be bred at 14 to 16 months…that alone makes them a cut above their contemporaries! The rest will be bred as fall calvers.
F45 DHR Teriyaki BC95255 DOB 2/16/18 BW 70 Adj WW 480
F45 is what I call a “breeding piece”…one of those that brings some very specific parts of the breeding puzzle to the gtable. This girl is our of a double bred Wagyu 1/2 blood cow bred to our 21Y Andrew bull. The dam did not fare well in the excursion to Weatherford and so her heifer calf had difficulties as well. (The dam, B15 weaned a top 3 heifer this year) That is evident in her Adj WW. But let me tell ya, this girl has BLOSSOMED since being on her own this summer. She weighed 910 when we pregged checked her….she really put on the pounds this last summer. She is very powerful, and you can see her carcass traits in the size and shape of her ribeye area…lots of top AND rear quarter in this gal! If you are thinking about a breed up program….this gal is near Angus black, AND I believe 3/4 bloods are the factory that produce the very best purebred females….I like this one (I like a lot of these), you will too.
F57 DHR Gen 2 PB95262 DOB 2/20/18 BW 83 Adj WW 583 (107)
Yet another extraordinary calf. She is Gen 2, because she is out of a female (C168ET) from the Ranger11r/N52 flush…thus “generation 2” of what I believe will prove to begat greatness! This was her dams first calf, sired by the Xerox bull. She ratio’ed 107 no small feat for a first calf heifer and she is clearly gonna make a very maternal, broody kind of cow…the kind I would keep if I had the room! She is bred to the D20 bull, which should be a great breeding.
F69 DHR Bit Coin PB 95272 DOB 3/9/18 BW 82 Adj WW 433
You need to hear some background on this one to appreciate the “big picture” of this calf. Of all the cows that came home from Weatherford, this heifers dam, O11T, came home in the worst condition, BY FAR! O11T “Bitsy” is the second generation of a great cow family on the ranch. Her dam produced 2 herd sires, including our 31W bull we are using now, and Bitsy was the dam of our Y47 herdsire. Bitsy left for Weatherford, a soon to be flushed Donor, and came home nearly dead! I could not believe how she looked…I could not believe she was alive, much raised a calf, and get this….when we preg checked her, she was bred back! That calf was recently weaned, and believe it or not, was good enough to be kept intact to go to the upcoming bull test….THAT is a testimony to the quality of the dam of this heifer! Her weaning number tells the nutritional story, but let me tell ya, she has really come together the last 3 or 4 months on the grass we have had. She is sired by Xerox, and her dark brown hide,”Braunvieh black” as I call it, is unusual in a Xerox offspring. This girl has all the pieces we look for…depth, square, broad top, big rear quarter, and her genetics are proven. If she doesn’t go, I’m gonna figure out how to keep her…I bet she turns out to be a great one!
F41 DHR 3W’s Ms 43 BN 95132 DOB 2/11/18 BW 75 Adj WW 555
Not much to say about this girl that the picture does not. She is sired by our fullblood, 3W bull, out of a long Angus female owned by Stoney Sheer. What story the picture does not tell, her performance numbers do… A low birthweight, that grew to a very respectful mid 500’s weaning weight. This girl will be a good addition to bring or add Braunvieh genetics to any herd. She is palpated safe with calf to our Xerox bull. That makes for a high value offspring, male or female.
F47 DHR Xerox’s Elba BC 95257 DOB 2/17/18 BW 82 Adj WW 602
This is another one that if I had grass, there is no way I would sell her. I think she has much to offer our program, and if something changes, I may keep her and put her in our program. I intended to breed her to Ranger11r if we had AI’d this group, but put her with the D20 Mustang bull. First, contrary to the picture, she is Angus black, and a black Xerox daughter is rare, one without the diluter gene, even more so.
She is out of a registered Angus we bought as an embryo in her dam. The bull was a widely used ET sire and Elba was the programs top Angus donor. We had hoped for, and were blessed with, a heifer. The photo does not do the correctness of her phenotype justice. She is straight, very square, You can see that she certainly has growth in her…2.6 WDA from birth to weaning. A female weaning over 600 is few and far between. Remember, she was her dam’s first calf, and in an environment a LONG way from ideal! She weighed 1170 when we preg checked her mid September…she’s got it in her!
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!