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 short on bulls for sale. We have some new Fall born bulls just off test, and a long 2 year old, and one spring coming 2 year old for sale.
Spring 2019 Born Diamond H Braunvieh Bulls off PX Feeders Gain/Efficiency Test
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 was 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! I have deleted all but one of the bulls as they were all sold, just left 52G for reference to compare to others.
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)
Sold into North Texas Plains
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!
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”.
Spring 2020 Born Diamond H Braunvieh Bulls off PX Feeders Gain/Efficiency Test
Well, decisions made, and regretted. When it came time to make the decision to keep intact, or cut, I cut at least four of this group I should have kept. Anyway, these turned out to be really good ‘uns! Not sure what the test results are, but I expect them to be lesser than some others. They went through 2 weeks of “articgeddon” as we called it. I’m sure there were days, they did not have water (no fault of the facility) and were in single digit weather for 10 days. When they go into survival mode, they may go days without gaining….that will definitely impact the results. That said….
This is a good group, not a mediocre in the bunch. Very low BW to strong Adj Weaning weights. I will post pictures and the data I have (as of 4/12).
04H PB99203 DHR Derringer DOB 2/4/2020 BW 68 Adj WW 619
This Xerox son is a stylish bull that is out of a first calf heifer which comes from a strong cow family. He is out of a first calf heifer, in fact, the dam of this bull is a maternal sister to the dam of the bull, 07H below. This bull is a very compact stout built bull….lots of bone, and depth. I like his balance, front to back. As is not unusual with fall calves, he struggled to hit our weight goals, but he will be a very stout made when he is fully mature. I expect He comes from a very strong cow family….I’m guessing he will be a cow maker himself. This bull is a good all round Braunvieh bull.
07G PB99205 DHR Salty Dog DOB 2/16/2020 BW 83# Adj. WW 706#
This is one of what will be the last natural 77ZA calves and he is a good one for sure. He Dna tested, Hetrozygous Black, Homozygous Polled and carries two copies of the Leptin gene. He had a very strong BW to Wean weight spread, topping the lofty 700# mark. And, like several in this group, he is gonna be a powerhouse. Huge top and rear quarter, lots of volume, deep in the flank. He is out of our 476B cow that I am sure is headed to the donor pen….She has not thrown one that was not superior. This bull is one of several that I think are good enough to improve any program.
19H BC99211 DHR Black Bart DOB 2/21/2020 BW 82 Adj. WW 773
This bull illustrates why an Angus breeder should use Braunvieh Bulls…plain and simple. He is a 77ZA son out of a registered Angus cow we selected at a Mystic Hill sale. The dam is good, has Blackcap cows on one side, and the MHF Elba donor. We bought her in a pregnant resip, and were pleased to get a heifer. This guy is Angus black, the red is just Childress dirt, one good rainstorm will fix that. You can see his hide where they shaved him for ultrasound. Theres not much to not like about this bull….length, girth, width, bone, and growth. Look at his weaning number, and his yearling will be north of 1200! Though I don’t know all the numbers, I do know he was the top Braunvieh influenced gainer at over 5# per day. He is gonna be a beast! If you want Homozygous Black and Polled with two copies of the Leptin gene, here’s your man!
29H PB99221 DHR Union Jack DOB 3/6/2020 BW 83 Adj WW 681
Another 77ZA son. I guess you are getting the idea…He was a great bull! He was the first outlier we found in the testing process. This bulls dam is an ET out of our 8S Princess donor to Final Answer. That puts the Phenomenon cow on both sides of this pedigree, She was a great cow. What else can I say, I just keep repeating myself. This bulls is double black, heterozygous polled and has a copy of the leptin gene. He is another calf that had a WDA of over 3.3#. Man I like this calf…he is a real athlete!
35H PB99224 DHR Big Foot DOB 3/14/2020 BW 76 Adj WW 648
Another good 77ZA son out of a purebred cow I bought lots of years ago, from a breeder in Wyoming, no longer in the business. She has been a consistent performer in our program for 9 straight years. If you take out one anomaly calf, she has weaned and average of 640# on bull calves….a good cow to be sure. He has a great rear quarter and broad top, you can see the power he demonstrates in his rear end. He carries one black gene, and is heterozygous polled.