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!

 

 

The Braunvieh Bull….He always works!”

                               If you are a video watcher, click on the link to see a video about Diamond H bull philosophy

I 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.

 

The typical Options to buy a Braunvieh bull from Diamond H Braunvieh

            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 less money than their tested contemporaries.

  • Bulls that have completed performance testing at a third party testing facility which includes RFI efficiency testing and ultrasounding for carcass results.    It is well documented that Gain, RFI and carcass traits have a high level of inheritability…That means, simply, the bull passes those traits on to his offspring.  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 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!)

When COVID hit, ranchers pulled in the belt a little.  When it got quiet, beginning with the Fall 2019 bull calf crop, I made the decision to cut deep, very deep.  Having a large group of breeding bulls standing around in a pasture is a torn down fence ready to happen.  Well, the last few weeks, demand for Diamond H bulls has been strong and we find ourselves running short on bulls for sale.  At the New Year we have two coming 2 year olds and 4 long yearlings.  The bad news is there aren’t many, the good news, they are all good ones!

 

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 most of our  bulls in the last 3 years!

 

 

 

 

 

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 his pen for daily gain. He is sired by the 3W fullblood bull,  and out of the only daughter of “Tequila” a solid performing cow that was on the ranch several years ago.  He exhibits a lot of length and has a good top, which houses the ribeye and marbling that the ultrasound showed.  He had a very moderate BW and grew to 1042 yearling…this is a good bull for those wanting strong weaning weights, with very solid carcass traits.  This picture shows him in his winter coat, and covered in mud…..this guys ready to go to work!

 

 

 

 

G62    PB 97291   SLS  77  Dado    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

 This 77ZA son is out of a ET cow Stoney Sheer bred.  She is a Dado daughter out of a top cow of Mark Nelson’s program.  I have a flush mate of hers for sale in fact.  If you are interested, visit our “Cows for sale” page, they look a lot alike.  This is a solid phenotype bull that had mediocre test results.  He is an opportunity to add solid genetics to a commercial herd for a very affordable price.

 

 

 

Fall 2019 Born Diamond H Braunvieh Bulls off PX Feeders Gain/Efficiency Test

 

This is a good set of bulls.  Check out the numbers from birth to weaning. LOW birth weights, MASSIVE wean weights… Then, there is one anomaly….69G, the Cannonball bull.  From day one, he was a smaller framed kind of calf, with muscles bulging out everywhere!  I have had my eye on him as a heifer bull, and when he got back from 4 month of development…well, he is outstanding, short, but outstanding!  Ya know, 606# used to be a decent wean weight…in this group, he ratioed 85!  But I still like him….in fact, I’m not sure I will sell him outright…I’m considering keeping at least a half interest.  

So, it took 2 months to get the results…problems with adjusted ratios, due to changes at the BAA.  But, looks like it was worth waiting for.

Here are some highlights on the performance of our four bulls.  There were 29 Braunvieh bulls at test representing 14 programs.  On ADG:  4 Diamond H bulls had the top spot, and 3 of the top 10.  In RFI: two of the top 5, in Yearling Weight: 4 of the top 10.  But the one I am most pleased about…the PX Test ratio.  This is an average of the tests contemporary ratios in all categories including ADG, RFI, and the three carcass…IMF, REA, and BF.  This is the “Big Kahuna” in my view, as it shows the balance of the bull in all performance categories.  So, the Diamond H garnered the top position, and 3 of the top 7!  Our bulls did well.  And let me say….its about the female.  Our females do the job they are bred to do.  If you want this kind of performance, our bulls will get you there, and our females for sale are worth the investment!

Note:  as I am posting the test results of these bulls, I notice that 50G and 52G have the same carcass.  I have a message in to PX to see what the deal is…in the meantime, I am posting as is.

 

 

 

 

 

50G  DHR Mack’s Jordan    BC98617  Scurred  DOB 9/5/2019   BW 79  Adj Ww  726  Adj YW 1073 (NA)    38 cm scrotal

ADG 5.44 (1.36)        RFI  1.54        REA 14.9 (113.4)      IMF 4.39 (109.7)      BF .32   PX Test Ratio 119.66 (#1)

 

This is the first offspring out of our 19E bull.  He caught my eye at his birth…and that is a story that warrants telling…..

This bulls dam is a 77ZA daughter out of a Holstein (yes Holstein) Braunvieh cross cow we bought as a bred resip years ago.  I can’t really say how she stayed, but she got bred by Mack….then she was the first to calve by 10 days, and she had this udder…what an udder.  I decided to make a resip out of her, and she took to an embryo for her second pregnancy, no small feat!  So on the dams side: great maternal, not such a great phenotype.  Then the sire, Mack 19E.  When this calf hit the ground, I thought to myself: “THAT calf came out of THAT cow?”.  Wow, what an upgrade!  And from an under 80# BW, a heifer raised this bull to a stellar 726# Adjusted Wean wt.  The sire Mack, has a killer phenotype, and has proven himself to throw Angus Black, polled low BW calves with some major growth….that will sound familiar to you Ranger11r fans, heck, he even LOOKS like Ranger11r.  So here is what I am getting to.  This 3/4 blood bull has some great maternal, and has a superb phenotyped sire that, I believe, will prove to be a great black bull of the breed.  But then I got the test numbers!  This bull was number one ADG…and look at the ratio!  He had EXCELLENT carcass….his RFI was not great…I believe that is the Holstein in him, but check out the PX test number.  It was the top number as well.  Folks, this bull is only 3/4 blood but he is a good one!  If you want good black calves…this is your bull!

 

So, I posted this to illustrate how small things can make huge differences in the photo presentation of cattle.  This picture was taken 60 seconds before the one above, only difference being that the sun was behind the clouds on this one.  But, as you can see, even light, makes lots of difference in the presentation.  So, remember, pictures are just pictures….I have never heard someone say, “wow, they look better on the website than they do in real life”.

 

 

52G      DHR Hoss      PB98618     Polled     DOB 9/15/2019       BW  79    Adj WW 695     Adj YW  1133 (111)   35.5 cm scrotal

ADG 4.04 (102.26)    RFI  .51     REA 14.9 (113.4)      IMF 4.39 (109.7)      BF .32   PX Test Ratio 108.5 (#4)

Pretty much ANYBODY that was at the ranch when this guy was on his momma was asking “what’s his story”.  He stood out then, and if you see him in person, he is a standout still!  HIs breeding will make some take a second look.  He is a Xerox son, out of a Xerox daughter.  Here’s the story there….I am a strong believer in line breeding for consistency and to highlight and stack good genetics.  So when you have a bull you think is good enough to warrant that focus, you want to know for sure  if he (or she) is clean of defects and has the type of genetics that you want to concentrate in your herd.  A quick and reliable way to test those genetics is to breed the bull to an own daughter.  That will reveal both strengths and weaknesses.  If there are problems, they will surface, if there are none, you get one like this.  I have bred the Xerox bull for 5 years, and at this point, I have seen enough to know he is the second bull (the other one being Ranger11R) that is worthy of line breeding in our program.  This 52G bull is good…period.  I have been unable to get a picture that shows his length, nor the size of the top and rear quarter.  This bull has a lot of length and shows good balance, front to rear.  He tested to be a strong performer as well.  Over 4# ADG with a .51 RFI, and strong (I think?) carcass.   He shows balance in his phenotype and shows balance in his performance numbers.  He is a top shelf bull!  This is an opportunity to put a strong dose of Xerox X002, a top Braunvieh bull, in your herd!

 

 

61G     DHR Liberty     PB98624        DOB  10/6/19      BW 73       Adj WW 736      Adj YW  1037 (101)  38 cm scrotal

ADG 4.24 (106.5)    RFI  -2.31 (#3)   REA 14.41 (109.7)      IMF 4.14 (103.3)      BF .24     PX Test Ratio 107.5 (#7)

First, the picture…it is a decent representation of the bull, but the light is horrible!!  It was a little late in the afternoon and the sun kept going behind the clouds…it makes him look orange…but he is very dark brown!  Anyway….this is the first of the 22E sons!  He is the second calf of a Xerox daughter that goes back to the “Tequila” cow (she was her last calf), a very good producer for the ranch.  This guy is like 52G in that he is long, deep, wide and powerful!  And check out that BW to 205 day weight!  Then,  he too,  tested excellent, across the board!  

 

 

 

69G  DHR Canonball    PB98631   DOB  10/16/19  BW  71   Adj WW 606   Adj YW 1014    37 cm scrotal

ADG 3.34 (84)    RFI  -1.92    REA 13.34 (101.5)      IMF 3.89 (101.5)      BF .21    PX Test Ratio  95

 

This guy is a different bull from the rest.  He has been small framed since the day he was born.  Within 60 days, he was showing muscle, had a “hump” in his neck.  I commented “he looks like a little cannonball!”  He was small and very muscular…still is.  I am dying to get his test results.  His WW number was the smallest (by a long shot) of his contemporaries, but would have been respectable in most weaning pens.  He just is small….I’m thinking he is gonna make the perfect heifer bull.  His dam is U10, a Final Answer daughter that is one of our donor cows, perhaps my best bull maker.  She is a very moderate double black, double polled cow.  His sire is King James….This guy looks like a weight lifter.  I have only raised one other but with this kind of muscle….he was a U10 son as well.  His rear quarter just bulges out.  When he is 3 years old, he is gonna be some kind of hoss!

Clearly, his test results are not nearly as stellar as the rest, but I’m not sure if I am going to sell this one or not…I think he is a “piece of the breeding puzzle”.