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.  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 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 I believe 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!

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.   Once in a while we sell untested bulls.  I personally believe testing is money WELL SPENT.  However, I know when the 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 occasionally have bulls that did not make the trip to the test at Navasota.  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, 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 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, HE BECAME HAMBURGER, NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S PROBLEM! 

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!

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 his test. He is a Xerox son out of a purebred cow Stoney Sheer bought from a ranch in Colorado.

 

 

~Spring Bulls tested during the fall in Navasota~

 

These bulls just got to the ranch on Good Friday.  This is a solid set of bulls, mostly very black.  Most of our top sires were represented….77ZA topped the test, Xerox did very well and one Ranger 11R son was tested as well.   The big news of these bulls is E28….a top performing ADG and the number 10 RFI in the entire test!  And for you folks in sultry country….He has some ear in him!  He is the first one shown below!  This is an unusual offering for the Diamond H!

 

 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 1200!  He carries two copies of the Leptin gene, good news for folks feeding out their own cattle.  This bull brings ALOT to the table….  And as for the picture….I’m not particularly proud of it, but it will give you the idea.  When ya see him, you will know, he delivers the whole enchilada!

Spring 18 Diamond H Braunvieh Bulls off Navasota Test

I am writing this April 1, 2019.  This group of bulls just got in, and when they got of the trailer….I gotta tell ya….my jaw just dropped!  This may be the most consistent group of bulls we have ever raised!  I’m telling ya, when you see them in person, they are big butted, big footed, big nutted, full of guts bulls….one and all!  And for those of you that are not as familiar with the breed.  These long yearlings can handle 15 to 20 cows, depending on enviornmental conditions.  They WILL get the job done!

 

 

AT THE MOMENT, I DON’T HAVE THE FINAL NUMBERS ON ADG, YEARLING, AND ULTRASOUND DATA.  WHEN I HAVE THAT, I WILL POST.  IN THE MEAN TIME, I WANTED TO GET WHAT I HAD POSTED SO YOU COULD HAVE A LOOK.

ALSO NOTE, THIS IS NOT ALL THE GROUP,  THERE ARE 3 LEFT TO PICTURE.

 

 

 

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

OK yes I know he is….but, it’s still a good picture!  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 on reduced consumption.  I assume that is due to gut issues.  That happens sometimes..It would have a large impact on his ADG as well. He most likely did much better than the number says.    I think this is the sleeper in the group.

 

 

F37    DHR Outback   PB 95251   DOB  2/9/18   BW  82  Adj WW 642  Yearling 1005

ADG 4.37  RFI  1.04    REA  11.67   IMF  3.76  BF  .25

This fella is the kind of bull ya like to own.  He is very pleasing to the eye….thick, smooth, front to back.  I saw his dam as a heifer calf on a cow that was part of a pair for sale at the National Sale.  I liked the calf SOO much, I bought the pair.  This was her first calf, sired by our Xerox bull.  A bull I bought for birthweight, but has proven himself as a performance bull.  His ADG was number 1 of Diamond H bulls, number 2 in the pen of contemporaries.  His carcass numbers were very balanced and RFI was not great, but not that bad either.  This bull is homozygous polled and will be a top pick for the commercial guy that wants to wean big calves that will grow and hang well on the rail.

 

 

 

F55  SLS Mr. Objective  BC 95135   DOB  2/20/18   BW 87   Adj WW  663   Yearling 1010

ADG   3.70        RFI  1.50        REA    10.38         IMF   3.71        BF  .11

This bull has an interesting background.  His dam is a 1/2 blood whose dam was a producer on the Diamond H, that I sold to Stoney Sheer when we first met several years ago.  She was a Polled Thunder daughter that was a powerhouse.  Stoney bred her to a registered Angus and the dam to this bull is the prodigy.  We bred her to the Andrew 21Y bull and F55 is the prodigy.  He had a respectable ADG at the test, and good growth from birth to weaning. He is homozygous black, which will make him a good choice for the commercial producer that needs black calves at market.

 

 

F59    PB95265    DHR Gridiron     DOB  2/18/18     BW   78      Adj WW  676      YW  1030

ADG    4.12      RFI  2.03      IMF  2.72     REA   11.71    BF  .23

When ya look at this guy it is hard not to use the overused phrase, big butted, big gutted, big footed.  He is gonna develop into a big one ton hunk of bovine flesh, thats for sure.  He looks alot like his fullblood sire, 3W.  His dam is a cow I bought out of Montana years ago that has done a great job.  HER dam was a Pella cow that had 11 straight calves…this is a good cow family sired by a good sire!  He is a pick for the commercial guy wanting to put pounds on the ground!

 

 

 

F62  PB95627  DHR  Sequoia    DOB 2/18/18  BW 93#   Adj WW 524   YW  1010

ADG   4.12        RFI  -1.72       IMF  4.11     REA    10.80    BF  .12

 

Well, this is two tests in a row that we have found a bull that does it all!  The profitability index is a number that combines ADG and RFI together.  It represents what we are looking for….an animal that gains well, and does so in an efficient manner.  This guy ratio’d 120 on the profitability ratio….THAT, is a good number!  Add to that, a  4.11 IMF (1.15 ratio), a 10.8 REA and .12 Back Fat, this guy does it top to bottom.  He is a paternal brother to our Kenworth bull that topped the entire test of fall calves, sired by the Andrew 21Y bull.  His dam, 55X is an ET cow, Ranger11R to our deceased Cassandra E525 donor.  She is a full sib to the F83 bull below.   That was a GOOD flush for us!  This bull is Homozygous Black, Homozygous Polled.  He almost did not make the cut…you can see his WW was not that great.  That is proof you just can’t always pick ’em.  His dam did not do well on the grass in Weatherford and he did not have what he needed, nutritionally speaking, as a calf on milk and grass.  As you can see, he had the growth in him, and he will continue to improve as he gets some groceries!  This is, without doubt, the top pick in this group!  He has balance across the board….excellence in all categories!!

 

 

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, that’s for sure.  His dam, Y78 is a purebred cow that I think has earned her way to the donor pen.  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.  

 

 

 

F83     PB96280     DHR Ranger’s 525     DOB  3/18/18     BW  78      Adj WW  607    YW  880

ADG  3.85       RFI   -.57       IMF  3.85        REA   10.80       BF   .12

This calf is the product of a flush that has produced lots of great genetics here on the Diamond H.  Ranger11R as sire, Cassandra E525 as dam.  The 525 cow was on the ranch for the last 7 years of her life, which produced until age 16!  This breeding has been bullet proof.  We still have 2 of these embryos left!  This calf is one of those that we had to overstate the weaning wt.  Not sure what happened, but no way his WW was that high.  His resip dam did not do well moving to Weatherford, and this calf suffered with her.  He got back to the ranch, and went to the test, a long way behind where he should have been!  He did well at the test, and is growing well since being on wheat here on the Diamond H.  He is hetrozygous black and homozygous polled.  As you know, I don’t usually let a bull with this weaning weight stay a bull.  This guy deserves the chance to be a herdsire….he will prove this genetics, on that fact I am sure!  In fact, I am struggling with the decision to sell this one.  We just have too many bulls to use at the moment…we can’t put another in the genetic pool!   I would look closely at this guy.  He is behind, but catching up, and when he is 3, he will be a complete hoss!

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Performance tested Braunvieh bulls we have used as sires in our program

D06       SLS King James’ 10-60.      DOB 1/16     BW  78    Adj. WW 699    Adj. YW 1215

ADG 4.63 (1.27)     RFI -.22     IMF 4.52 (116)     REA  12.4(108)     BF .22

This D06 bull definitely caught our eye at the end of his test.  In fact, his results, and the result of a couple of siblings in the same test, motivated me to buy his sire, King James, back from the gentleman we sold him to (more on that story on our herd sires page).  This bull had good numbers, across the board!  He and momma brought his weaning weight to just under 700, and then made it to a VERY respectable 1215 yearling.  The numbers (ratio’s with 190 bulls in parenthesis)  in pretty much all categories are good, highlight this bull’s balance.  Aaannnnnndddd (drum roll) a bull with a ADG that ratioed 127 turns out to be a LOW BIRTHWEIGHT bull to boot!  We used him on heifers just as he returned from the test.  He had 4 calves that averaged 68.5 pounds….with more to come this spring.  We are a seedstock breeder, so the 1/2 blood makes it difficult to hit purebred status in a short period of time.  And, now that we have found a new purebred heifer bull, it is time to sell this guy.  He will do a commercial breeder a great job.  This picture was taken when he was 16 months….he is bigger, thicker, AND, blacker!  You commercial guys, or Braunvieh breeders needing a low birthweight bull that does it all from Efficient gain to strong and balanced carcass traits, this guy is for you!!

 

 

 

 

Mature Bulls we have used as Diamond H Braunvieh Herd Sires

We don’t just use good bulls as Herd Sires at Diamond H Braunvieh.  They have to be proven in someone else’s pasture like Xerox X002….or we find outliers at the Genetic Development Center test and them try them out, a few cows at a time.  If they pass the test, we keep them and use them to move our program forward.  Then we will sell some of them for various reasons.  We have one of those for sale currently….

 

 

 

 

 

D06    BN89894   SLS  King James 10-60    DOB  1/18/16  BW  78   Adj WW  699   Adj YW  1215

ADG  4.63  (1.27)     RFI  -.22      REA  12.3 (108)    IMF  4.52  (116)    BF .28

One look at his numbers and the decision to use this bull in our program was easy.  In spite of the fact he was a half blood, we wanted to get some of his performance in the herd.  We used him on heifers with zero calving problems.  So what you have is a high octane performance bull with low birthweights….a commercial mans holy grail!  We have found another great heifer bull, so we are putting this one on the market..  I put both pictures so you can see how this young bull has developed.  He was 16 months in the top photo, a long 3 yr old in the bottom.  He isn’t through yet…he is one thick growthy bull that will deliver the beef all the way to the rail!