Diamond H Ranch Braunvieh Bulls for Sale
“INVEST IN YOUR PROGRAM BY INVESTING IN OURS”
If you are interested in learning a bit more about Braunvieh and some of my opinion of and experience working with the breed…. read on. If you want to see the bulls we have for sale and don’t want to read all this stuff, scroll down this page and you’ll find the bulls we have for sale.
If you are unfamiliar with Braunvieh Bulls there are a few things you should know about them. They can breed at an early age, do not think a yearling won’t breed 20 or more cows (we use long yearlings all the time) and typically last several years longer than the the popular black breed (it is common to see a 10 year old Braunvieh bull in the pasture working). That fact alone saves you money! They are very docile and their strong libido makes them naturally hard workers. They will add bone, muscle, and MILK. They also defy the antagonism between maternal and growth. That is good news to producers. With Braunvieh you get the growth you are looking for, and are able to produce fertile, productive females! Thats not true with most all breeds.
Please click this link to read a great Braunvieh story from Troy Dean at the Whittaker Ranch in Decatur, Texas. It pretty much sums up why a commercial producer should use Braunvieh Bulls. Everyone (I asked the same question) wonders “If these cattle are so good, why have I never heard of them?” Well, I once had a breeder tell me “if you ever see 3 Braunvieh Breeders agree on anything, you better write it down, because it won’t happen again!” I’m afraid that may be more fact than fiction. People, more than the cattle, have prevented this breed from moving forward.
The Braunvieh Association of America (BAA) is working at exposing beef producers to the benefits of adding Braunvieh to their herd. You may have discovered there is a shortage of Braunvieh (especially good ones) on the market. The BAA has produced a series of programs that have aired on “The American Rancher”. One of my favorites, “The Braunvieh Bull…He always works” aired February 2016 on the RFD channel. It is informative and you can hear from people that have made the decision to work with Braunvieh. Of special interest, is JHL cattle company. He has as much data as most anyone on the planet, and therefore, I believe his opinion, as a result of collecting this extensive data, carries weight!
If you are a video watcher, click on the link to see a video about Diamond H bull philosophy
oI don’t think a lot of people put enough weight on their bull buying decision. Without a doubt, your bull is the single greatest influence on your herd, and therefore your profitability. AND, if you use a bull, he has bred 3 years before you know if his genetics are working or not! You better be right! And his impact on weaning weights and fertility will directly effect YOUR BOTTOM LINE! So, if you don’t think you can’t afford that expensive, high performing bull….. I suggest you sell two cows, and buy one really good bull. He will pay for himself in a hurry! Saving $1000 or $2000 on a bull today will cost you $1000’s in the next short period of time. Think about it, if a bull that costs you $5500 adds only 25 pounds wean weight(and that number is more likely 50#), that is $60 plus, per head. Times 30 cows is $1800 additional profit the first year. If that bargain bull you bought at the sale or out of your neighbors culls, lowers weaning weights 25 pounds, you lose $1800 per year, in weight alone….forget fertility, carcass traits, etc. YOU MIGHT GET LUCKY WITH THAT BARGAIN BULL, BUT IN THIS BUSINESS THAT IS A RISK, I PERSONALLY AM UNWILLING TO TAKE! WE DO NOT SKIMP ON OUR BULLS….THAT IS EVIDENCED BY OUR PURCHASING XEROX X002. YOU SHOULD NOT EITHER.
We have a wide range of genetics ranging from half blood Braunvieh (crossed to Angus and Gelbvieh genetics), to Full Blood Braunvieh. Our genetic mission is to produce bulls which will put money making performance into your seed stock and commercial herd. We focus on “the big three“; birth weights, weaning weights, and yearling weights. While maintaining a fullblood presence in our herd, we are striving to accomplish our performance goals in a purebred, black and polled package. See Herd Sire page for pictures of the bulls that provide the foundation for our Seed Stock Braunvieh Genetics. Let me say here that there may be the commercial cattleman saying “that stuff is not important to me, I’m just a commercial breeder“. I respond by saying, if you want to make money at the sale barn, THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT TO YOU! I would love to go over how it impacts you and the profitability of your program.
Your Options of how to buy a Braunvieh bull from Diamond H Ranch
All bulls that we sell are guaranteed to be breeders. All will have Vet certified BSE tests within the last 6 months.
Bulls on the ranch, Not performance tested. Once in a while we sell untested bulls. I personally believe testing is money WELL SPENT. That said, occasionally for one reason or another, we will have a bull that reaches breeding age that was not put through the testing process. These bulls are typically sold as non-registered, but carry the same fertility and soundness guarantees as any other bull sold on the Diamond H. They are clearly less money.
- Bulls that have completed performance testing at a third party testing facility which includes RFI efficiency testing and ultrasounding for carcass results. RFI testing, a measurement of feed efficiency , I believe, will be one of the most sought after characteristics of a bull in the future (from my viewpoint, it already is one). If you are unfamiliar with RFI, Click here, and you can get a simple explanation of what it is and how it is measured by the Growsafe system. Remember, efficiency is a very inheritable trait, and it is ONE WHICH WILL CONSISTENTLY MAKE YOU MONEY!! These bulls are priced largely based on performance relative to their contemporaries. All bulls start at a base price. If they perform above the group in any category, they demand a premium. If they perform below, we apply a discount. Also, different bulls are able to help you reach different goals. If you sell at the local auction, you don’t necessarily need a bull with great carcass, but rather growth is your focus. If you own calves to the rail, you need a bull that does it all. Testing gives you options. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR, AND HAVE A GOOD IDEA WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT !
- Mature Bulls. We sometimes have bulls that we have used/tested as herd sires. Sometimes they did not do what we expected, sometimes we have enough of their genetic influence in our herd. These mature Purebred and Fullbloods represent the top tier of our genetics. These are bulls that topped their contemporaries in testing and were kept to improve the level of genetics in our seedstock herd. Let me make something clear. WE DO NOT SELL OUR PROBLEMS ON THE DIAMOND H. WE KILL THEM. IF THE BULL HAD A PROBLEM, HE BECAME HAMBURGER, NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S PROBLEM! I think that deserves further comment. Selling problem cattle should be, at minimum, (and often is) done at the local sale barn. One should not expect a seedstock producer to sell problem cattle off the ranch. I am alarmed that it happens more often that you would expect. It won’t happen on this ranch. If the animal has a problem, usually kill it, I don’t even want that type of animal going through the sale barn with my brand on it!! If it is a cow that we are selling went open then was later was bred, we make that CLEAR at the time of the sale. We believe you get what you pay for at the Diamond H….and quality is not cheap!
Braunvieh Bulls standing on the Ranch for sale
(and ready to go to work!)
E28 DHR Beefmakers Blackbeard BN92467 DOB 4/6/17 BW 82 ADJ WW 682 3/15 wt 1115
ADG 3.68 RFI -1.01 REA 12.87 IMF 3.55 BF .11
When this guy left the ranch…I had high hopes and he exceeded my expectations. His dam is a cow I bought as a bred resip. She is of obvious Brangus decent. She did not accept the embryo we put in her and she was bred by our 77ZA bull. E28 is the outcome. This guy went to Navasota, and had a strong ADG, AND he had the 10th best RFI in the entire test! That is the kind of bull I am looking for. In this part the world, the ear influence is not needed, but, for the guy looking to put a little ear in his genetics,….this bull may just fit the bill! Moderate birth weight, a strong 682 wean weight, an adjusted yearling weight that will be somewhere north of 1100! He carries two copies of the Leptin gene, good news for folks feeding out their own cattle. He is definitely a larger frame than we usually produce. This bull brings ALOT to the table…. IF you had been looking at the website, and saw his old picture, I updated it, 10/26/19….as you can see, this guy is a hoss, and needs a position on a ranch “senior herdsire”. His weight on 10/16 was 1945#.
Spring 2018 Born Diamond H Braunvieh Bulls off Navasota Test
This group of bulls arrived back from test in the first part of April 2019, I was struck by how consistent they were.. all with lots of volume, lots of power in the rear quarter. Look at the numbers….no real outliers in either direction. Consistency…something we are striving to put into our genetics, something that buyers are looking for in the calves they buy. They are now turning 2 years, though some pictures are old so they look younger than real life.
F25 SLS Xerox Mr. Mulch BC 95127 DOB 1/24/18 BW 68 Adj WW 653 Yearling 1065
ADG 3.62 RFI N/A REA 11.90 IMF 3.62 BF .25
This guy is a muscle head, that’s for sure! He is a Xerox son out of an Angus cow that Stoney Sheer has on our place. I recently had to move most of Stoney’s cows off the Diamond H…we just don’t have the groceries…but this bulls dam, a full blood Angus stayed…she has done a very consistent job! He is low BW and certainly has the phenotype a cowman is looking for! He did not get assigned a RFI because he spent too many days with reduced consumption, which would have impacted his ADG as well. I am told if you breed a tigerstripe to a black cow, you get black 100% of the time!..I think this is the sleeper in the group, he’s got potential, for sure! Wt on 10/16/19 was 1315#, but guessing he weighs 1500+ today.
F78 PB95277 DHR Right Side DOB 3/11/18 BW 91 Adj WW 629 YW 960
ADG 3.88 RFI -.69 IMF 3.35 REA 11.21 BF .18
This Xerox X002 son is one of those you love to look at! He is built like a bull should be, powerful rear quarter, big top, lots of guts and big n_ _ ts…..that’s for sure. His dam, Y78 is a purebred cow that has earned her way to the donor pen. She will be flushed this fall or next. She is out of a fullblood we bought years ago that was a deep “soggy” cow. He had a solid ADG with a top 10 RFI in his pen. He will put pounds and pass his thickness on to his prodigy, which means more pounds at the sale barn. His 10/16/19 wt was 1215.
F79 DHR Gridmaker PB95276 DOB 3/11/18 BW 87# Adj WW 608 Adj YW 885
ADG 3.38 RFI 1.07 IMF 3.158 REA 10.71 BF .14
This bull has been elusive in terms of getting him pictured and on the website. He is an Andrew 21Y son, out of 77A, a Y47 daughter that has done a good job on the ranch. Truth is, his numbers are not as good as I expected them to be. That said, his yearling weight was taken by the folks at Navasota when he was finishing up the testing process there. Clearly, I have no way of going back and doing a re-weigh, but I am fairly positive that it is not correct, the numbers don’t work, so I assume it was simply recorded incorrectly. He weighed 1175# on 10/16/19….something is amiss. At any rate, as you can see, he is a solid bull, thick boned, flat topped, and stout rear quarter. He is a bull that will put bone and milk in his females, he’ll make females you’ll want to keep and put pounds on your steers. His 10/16/19 weight was 1140#.
2018 Fall Born Diamond H Braunvieh Bulls off PX Feeders Gain/Efficiency Test
This was a small group of bulls, but they were very consistent in their performance, and in their quality. All but the 45F picture are older pictures (first of November 19) when the bulls are 12 to 13 months old. These bulls were in a pen with bulls of a wide range of age, and the results (ratios and contemporary grouping) were not calculated, This is what I do know. There were only 11 bulls in the 90 day DOB group including October through December bulls. Of those 11, there were 3 breeds represented by 5 breeders. Of those 11, Diamond H bulls had 4 of the top 5 ADG: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th. The larger group had bulls born beginning in February, 8 months older than our oldest bull. There were 41 bulls, representing 6 breeds with 10 owners. The top 16 ADG results were by bulls born in June (1), May(1) and February and March (the remainder). The 17th and 18th bulls were Diamond H Braunvieh bulls born in October. Diamond H had 3 bulls that had an ADG over 4# per day, the only bulls in their age group to accomplish that. So…..while, I can’t compare ratio’s or the like, I think these bulls performed VERY well! Even when including bulls that were 5 months older, Diamond H bulls had 3 of the top 5 Braunvieh bulls in ADG. Though three of them are sold, and I am keeping them for information only, the bull that is left had the highest performance results, and let me tell ya…he is a good ‘un!
37F SLS Mr. Fries 302 BN 96530 DOB 9/20/18 BW 82 Adj WW 673 Adj YW 1363
ADG 4.50 RFI .64 IMF 4.36 REA 15.16 BF .34
Sold locally in Childress County!! Doesn’t happen very often….the Bible says “Jesus was not a prophet
in his own town….they did not see what he had to offer because he was the “carpenter from Nazareth”
This halfblood bull is a standout…he is hard to miss in the pasture, that’s for sure. His dam is an Angus owned by Stoney Sheer that has consistently produced superb and I mean GOOD calves. Her “E” calf is a heifer that we kept, and she is a standout female as well. He was sired by a very old fullblood bull named Fries. He is a foundation Swiss bull, and the semen is very difficult to come by. I was suprised when Stoney used it on anything other than a flush. Clearly he was hoping for a female, but this bull is going to make a commercial man one terrific bull!
He started at the top of the pen weaning 673 and once off his dam, he grew to an astounding 1363; a very big number to reach without any feeding (other than the test of course). He is deep flanked, massive volume, and a big, flat, top that won’t quit. And look at that ribeye…. which can be overlooked, once you notice a marbling number of 4.36! Oh yea…he had the top ADG of his pen, and did so with a respectable efficiency number. When you see this guy in the pasture, you will agree….he is just a monster of a bull!
38F DHR Rangers’ Rock Star PB96467 DOB 9/20/18 BW 82 Adj WW 663 Adj YW 1039
ADG 3.99 RFI N/A IMF 3.80 REA 14.03 BF .28
Sold into Eastern Colorado
I often hear the phrase in cow sales..”out of the heart of our program”. Well this breeding is definitely that. The sire…Ranger11r. Dam….sired by our Fullblood bull 3W, out of the Princess 8S cow. Like her dam, D38 is a very moderate, and obviously productive cow! This was D38’s first calf. She weighed 1080 pounds when she weaned this calf…that is a 61% of her body weight…not bad for a first calf heifer!! It took a lot out of her, but she bred back as a sophomore and just had a beautiful 83# King James heifer! “Rocky” was the number 2 weaning calf in the group, and stood out from day one. When I dropped him off at the test, I expected great things. Then not long into the test he got a respiratory infection they had difficulty clearing up. He was off feed more than 20% of his average (the system keeps up with such things) for 10 out of the first 55 days. That is why they would not give him a RFI. In spite of that, he gained 3.99, making him the number 5 Braunvieh, the number 3 of his age group.
He is phenotypically very correct, has the Ranger11r rear quarter, and top to match. He did better than average on IMF and had a spectacular REA.
45F DHR Strongman PB 96473 DOB 10/11/18 BW 96 Adj WW 656 Adj YW 1003
ADG 4.30 RFI -.95 IMF 4.267 REA 12.63 BF .33
I named this fella when he was a small calf. Even young…he looked like a bull! Had the walk, had the talk, and had muscle of a calf much older than he. And, it turns out, he is a lot more than a pretty face! This is the third test in a row that we had a bull “do it all” By that, I mean he performed in all pertinent categories, from wean weight to carcass traits. I make that point, because it is not easy to do, and our program has done it consistently. As you can see, this bull had a great ADG (second in his pen), while sporting a GREAT RFI! That is the combination we are all chasing; EFFICIENT GROWTH! Add to that a solid ribeye area, and an extremely good marbling number, all in a very strong phenotype, you have an animal that is at the top of his weaning group, both in performance and carcass. This is the bull for the man that is feeding his own calves to the rail.
Strongman is out of a N52/Ranger11r daughter sired by 31W a Ranger 11E son. I feel confident that his higher BW comes from N52, as those kind of things often manifest in the second generation. While he is most likely not a heifer bull, I am as confident as is possible, he will have no issues in breeding mature cows. He is definitely a product of his genes. He is very phenotypically correct… He has tremendous power in his rear quarter, very broad and flat top, and is straight and correct in every way. He travels well and is visually very smooth and balanced. I really like this bull.
48F DHR Jimbo PB96477 DOB 10/16/18 BW 82 Adj WW 651 Adj YW 1121
ADG 2.93 RFI -1.10 IMF 4.03 REA 16.81 BF .22
Sold into the Hill Country of Texas
This bull is a paternal brother to 45F and is out of a James daughter that has ratio’d 107 Wean Wt on 5 calves for the Diamond H. His numbers demonstrate what his genetics would suggest. His superior genetics produced superior results!
Jimbo came very close to being yet another bull that does it all. He had the right BW, had a strong WW tied to a way better than average yearling weight. He had the number one RFI in his pen…The carcass results are given only to the owner of the bull, so I am unable to know this bulls place in Ribeye…That said, I’m sure they are out there, but,I have never heard of, much less had near 17″ ribeye in an animal! As a 3.4 is considered the “gold standard” of IMF. a 4.03 is gonna result in some tasty and probably tender meat, with a .22 BF to boot! His achilles heal is a lower ADG, an important number to be sure. But, this animal has a lot to offer. And the argument could be made that given his ADG at the test was impacted by his lower age. If he is a more timid calf, he may have not had the bunk time he wanted and hence his gain was lowered. That theory, while certainly only theory, would be supported by the fact his gain per day of age was so high outside the gain. Regardless, this is one good bull and his numbers show he has much to offer!
Spring 2019 Born Diamond H Braunvieh Bulls off PX Feeders Gain/Efficiency Test
When I weaned these guys off, I was very hopeful. There was a group of 7 that I had chosen to keep intact…they seemed to have it all. As you can see, there are four…nature took over. I weaned these guys in mid September. They hung around on grass for a month or so, did as one would expect. Then we had 4 weeks of crazy weather……98 one day and the next a front would come through and we hit 30 degrees with a 30 MPH wind. That must have happened 4 or 5 times in three weeks…and it caught up with these freshly weaned calves. I watched them close…lots of snotty noses, some hacking, but never looked sick. But it just kept on and kept on…finally one looked a little droopy…temped him and he had a 105 temp, I could hardly believe it! I temped them all and all were over my 103.5 threshold. And of course, they leave for test in three days! I doctored them, and kept two home. They did all right in Evant (test location), but the weather did the same thing there, as it was (still) doing here…a major rollercoaster! I brought one home, and the rest stayed, but I was told, they never seemed to get completely over the hump. I’m not making excuses…these bulls just did not perform as well as I hoped that would. You can see it in the growth numbers between weaning and yearling. Even though their test ADG was good, they dropped off significantly on WDA between weaning and the test. It hurt them and kept them from reaching the 1000 yearling. So…I think they are good bulls (in fact I am testing G68 on our herd) but we price on performance numbers and they are generally priced lower than any bulls in the last 3 years!
D32 PB98295 DHR Spindletop ET Polled DOB 2/26/19 BW 86
Adj. WW 658(pending) Adj YW 977 ADG 3.64 RFI -.75 REA 13.18 IMF 4.15 BF .25
This bull is the product of a flush of our 8S “Princess” donor cow and AAA Final Answer, a bull out of the Bonina Phenomenon cow. I bred 8S to him via AI and was very pleased with the results! Phenomenon is on both sides of this pedigree, I think that is where the “stuff” will come from. His dam is a very moderate cow, with massive amounts of volume, and Final Answer had lots of top and a strong rear quarter. This calf is homozygous black, and he finished near 4 lbs per day gain with a top 10% RFI number. And I was very pleased with his 13″ Ribeye and marbling score over 4! This one is a balanced bull that will throw black calves in most cases. A good choice for the cowman that needs black calves and is finishing out his own beef….
G50 PB97280 DHR Junkyard Dog Scurred DOB 3/19/19 BW 80
Adj WW 625 Adj YW 1042 ADG 4.08 RFI 1.85 REA 12.47 IMF 4.41 BF .18
The “dog” as I call him was the number 3 bull in the pen for daily gain. He is sired by the 3W fullblood sire, out of the only daughter of “Tequila” a solid performer on the ranch years ago. His exhibits a lot of length and has a good top, which houses the ribeye and marbling that the ultrasound showed. He has a very moderate BW and grew to 1042 yearling…this is a good bull for those wanting strong weaning weights.
D63 PB97291 DHR Long Shot Scurred DOB 4/22/19 BW 96
Adj WW 604 Adj YW 1006 ADG 4.54 RFI N/A REA 13.35 IMF 4.55 BF .18
Well, this is the one that I thought “he MAY make a bull….I think I’ll give him a shot”, hence the name, Longshot. Well, he proved me wrong to doubt him! His dam is a Ranger11r daughter out of a cow that produced 2 herd sires for the ranch, and SHE was dam of Y47, our recently deceased herd sire. Great cow family and sired by our 3W bull. Here’s the rub….he was 2 days too YOUNG for the test. Grow safe would not make an exception, and they disqualified him from the RFI test. He did however, have the top ADG of all the pen, and check out the REA and IMF numbers. I don’t know his efficiency number, but I think this one is top stuff. His BW is a little high, not sure where that came from….I am guessing it is a long gestation, but I don’t know. I am familiar enough with the genetics, I have no problem with it….I would not put him on heifers until he has a few calves, but I’m betting he has zero calving issues, they just aren’t in his genetics.
NOT YET PICTURED
G63 PB 97291 SLS 77 Dado Scurred DOB 4/11/19 BW 86
Adj WW 693 Adj YW 941 ADG 2.40 RFI 1.23 REA 10.15 IMF 3.75 BF .14