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.  DO NOT BE AFRAID TO USE A YEARLING BULL ON A FAIRLY LARGE GROUP OF COWS!   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.  Hopefully we are making progress on that as well.

The Braunvieh Association of America (BAA) is working at exposing beef producers to the benefits of adding Braunvieh to their herd.  Additionally, as you will discover in trying to find some, there is a shortage of Braunvieh (especially good ones) on the market.  We need additional breeders as well!  I am chairman of a committee to market Braunvieh and it’s benefits to the public.  We have produced a series of programs that have aired on “The American Rancher”.  One of the most recent “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 anyone on the planet and his opinion as a result of collecting this extensive data carries weight!

 

The Braunvieh Bull….He always works!”

A Diamond H bull working in Utah.  If you’ve never been here, I promise you… this is not Childress!

This is an F1 cross Braunvieh to Angus that is a producer in our herd. It is a GOOD breeding that will make you money.

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.

Options of how to buy a Braunvieh bull from Diamond H Ranch

A 1080 pound Ranger11R daughter (out of  Princess 8s)   nursing her 5 month old bull calf. She will wean 60% of her body weight.  A small cow that weans solid calves……that makes ya money!!  That is what we are trying to produce!  This bull sold into Oklahoma for $6500.

We no longer sell bulls or heifers that have not reached breeding age (one year).  We can not guarantee their fertility, and as such do not feel comfortable selling them…please….don’t ask.  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.  We have not sold untested bulls for long.  I personally believe testing is money WELL SPENT.  However, I know this market is tough, and there are folks out there that want to use a good Braunvieh Bull, but can’t (won’t) pay for a tested bull.  So, we kept a group of weaned bulls at home come test time.  Although, these bulls are not our top tier bulls,  around here, if they stay intact, they are good!
  • Bulls that have completed performance testing at the Genetic Development Center in Navasota, Texas or Green Springs Bull Test in Nevada Missouri.   Both tests include RFI testing, a measurement I believe, will be one of the most sought after characteristics of a bull in the future (from my viewpoint, it already is).  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 primarily on performance relative to their contemporaries.  They start at a base price.  If they perform above the group in any category, the get a premium.  If they perform below, we apply a discount.  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 and 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, IT BECAME HAMBURGER, NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S PROBLEM!   It is astounding to me that some breeders are so short sided they are willing to compromise their reputation and that of this great breed by selling animals that have clear problems.  We are unwilling to do that.

Braunvieh Bulls standing on the Ranch for sale

(and ready to go to work!)

Tested Braunvieh Bulls for Sale

First, it  is difficult for some to embrace the value of testing, much less keeping a bull intact, when you can get paid the day they are weaned, at the sale barn.  No risk, no more input cost, no more anything!  Compare that to AT LEAST another 7 months (and most want a 2 year old bull for the 1 year price), and more feed, death risk, fertility risk,  marketing expense, time, and the cost of hauling and hard cost of the testing……… and did I mention hassle?!?  So when you pay significantly more for that good, fully tested bull, remember……it’s a little (sic) more work and a lot more expense.

We have several good tested bulls standing at the ranch ready to go to work as long yearlings.  We have pretty strict standards at the Diamond H as to what makes a bull and what doesn’t.  I expect a 600# weaning weight and a 1000# yearling weight.  You will notice some in this group did not meet those standards in their entirety.  I think a little explaination is in order.  First in general, fall bulls on this ranch are at a disadvantage. The fall program demands performance that is contrary to how nature works.   First, on birth weights.  The last trimester, their dams are eating the best grass we have all year.  They just tend to have higher birthweights.  Then weaning weights… when these calves reach 90 days, and are beginning to demand lots from their dam, our grass goes dormant, some with protein as low as 2%.  We rely on wheat to get them through that tough spot.  It’s just impossible to cake them enough. If we don’t have wheat….it’s a long row to hoe!

 108C    SLS “Mr Sambo 15”  OB89344      DOB 11/25/15        BW 75

REA  10.8         IMF 3.45           BF   .24         RFI -1.32       ADG   3.15

Those familiar with Braunvieh genetics, will appreciate the thoughtfulness of this ET breeding. The Sambo Jordi, a Swiss import bull  whose semen is difficult to come by these days.   His dam is a very broody cow, sired by GLB 8143 “Yancy” which results in a four generation pedigree that includes : (bulls) Elino, Baer, Dado, Northstar Vernon, Prime 035, Markus Rolf,  Sambo 737 and (cows) TX Oliva 174 (twice), Bethli, Forelle, and San Augustine Chispita (twice). You want to put some great foundational Braunvieh genetics in you herd??….here’s your chance!  With a strong ADG combined with a very good RFI,  he is a great choice to give you that heterosis “bump” you get cross breeding with English based cattle.  Notice the BW…..very low for a Fullblood! (This is an old picture….he won’t cooperate at all.  He is now weighing near 1500 as a 2 year old.)

~ Bulls recently tested in Navasota~

These bulls are just home from the test that ended in November in Navasota.  This is a tough test.   It runs from July through October.  If you’ve been to that area, you know that is brutal heat/humidity.  It’s tough on the bulls, and I have come to realize it means 3/4 to 1 pound difference in ADG.  Add to that……fall calving in Childress Texas is very difficult to make the performance numbers I am looking for.  If we don’t have wheat, there is just not the nutrition to make the milestones I am looking for.  I should probably feed them them, but that’s not how we do it.    I know these bulls will perform, they have to work hard to get to this point..  Regarding fertility, though they are young, I am confident (depending on the pasture and frame size of cows) that these fellas can breed as many cows as they are months old….perhaps a few more.  If  you have questions, please call and we can discuss your particular situation.

31D    PB91856  “Mr. Shrek”   DOB 10/14/16  BW 81  Adj. WW 582  Adj YW. 965

ADG 3.46    RFI  3.31     REA  10.47    IMF  2.86     BF  .22

31 D has the phenotype that stands out in the pasture.  Smooth lines, very broad top, wide and powerful rear quarter, clean fronted, just a powerful classy looking bull.  He had the number 2 ADG of all Braunvieh at the test. He is a Xerox son out of a purebred cow Stoney Sheer bought from a ranch in Colorado.

78D  PB91874  “Xerox Plus”  DOB 10/9/16   BW 85   Adj WW 555   YW 945

ADG 3.14   RFI -1.08  REA 9.9   IMF 3.13  BF .22

This bull was a top performer overall at Navasota.  His profitability index, a combination of ADG and RFI placed him in the top 12% of 210 bulls.  Remember, the bull at this test are from programs that are pushing performance, and he is competing against composite breeds like Beefmaster.  Sired by Xerox out of a cow I bought several years ago at the National Sale.  She has done a good job, in fact has caught my attention for a potential flush.  Add to that a very solid IMF number….this guy is top pick of this bunch for sure.

I have one more in this group….he is camera shy…but I’ll get him!

 

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