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
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 a little short. As of today (Oct 25th) we have three bulls for sale, and another 6 coming off test (one is already sold). When it came time to pick spring bulls, we cut 10 that should have stayed intact! What is left are very good. At any rate, we don’t have lots of bulls, but what we have, and will have coming off test, are 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!
D32 PB98295 DHR Spindletop ET Polled DOB 2/26/19 BW 86
Adj. WW 574 Adj YW 977 ADG 3.64 RFI -.75 REA 13.18 IMF 4.15 BF .25
Sold into East Texas
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 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.
G63 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
Sold into Louisiana
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.
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
Well, some bulls just don’t want to stand for a picture, and this guy is as camera shy as they come. He is a much better bull than the picture shows. 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.
G38 BC97271 DOB 3/8/19 BW 91 Adj WW 637
When this 7/8 bull went to test, I had high expectations. He made it about halfway through the test, and went off feed…no fever, not cough, nothing. He just would not eat, and started going backwards. I told them to take him out of the test, and I went to pick him up. He came back to the ranch, started eating and never missed a beat since. My best guess is that he got some “hot” silage in the ration, and it messed with his gut. He is a maternal brother to our 22E standout bull, and just by seeing what this bull has done on straight grass, I know he has the performance we are looking for. His dam has 1/4 Wagyu, so I also believe he has the carcass traits that produce high choice and prime calves. He actually has a bulge in the ribeye area, I’m guessing it is a big one. SO…..here is a good registered bull that was not tested. I think he will fit the bill for a commercial producer that is looking to add good Braunvieh genetics into their herd, but want to do so on a tight budget. A good bull, priced to go easy on the pocket book.
We only have 6 bulls coming off test in early November. If you want one, be looking at the website, I feel like they are gonna go fast!