Diamond H Ranch Braunvieh Bulls for Sale
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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!
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
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!
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
Sold into Pennsylvania
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!
~ 2017 Fall Bulls tested during the summer in Navasota~
These bulls were tested 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 his 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
Sold into the Hill Country of Texas
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 bulls at this test are from programs that are pushing performance, this is no mediocre set of bulls. Add to that, he is competing against composite breeds like Beefmaster. He is 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. He is a very smooth and balanced bull, an eye pleaser for sure. Add to that a very solid IMF number….this guy is top pick of this bunch for sure.
~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 Scan data not yet available 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, but he had the 10th best RFI in the entire test! That is the kind of bull I am looking for….but for this area, the ear influence does not work, but for the guy looking for a little ear….this bull may just have it all! Low 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 cattle feeders. 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 package!
E35 DHR Ranger’s On Deck BC92375 DOB 1/19/17 BW 80 ADJ WW 616 YW 1010
ADG 3.22 RFI -1.30 REA 14.04 IMF 3.814 BF .21
Sold into Southeastern Oklahoma
This Ranger 11R son is a 7/8 bull out of a young Elino Daughter that goes back to a halfblood that has done a great job on the Diamond H. He is a very balanced bull that had the best RFI of all the Diamond H bulls at his test. His ADG was a little disappointing, but I wonder if it is his personality. He is a very shy guy and probably had to wait his turn at the bunk. He has 6 of 8 possible of the Quantam markers we test for…..I am willing to bet his Carcass will be good as well. This is the only Ranger son in the group….I know he will do someone a good job. He is much better in the pasture than on this page! And you may notice….I branded him incorrectly…..dang I hate that!
E65 DHR Beefmakers’ Bodacious One PB92393 DOB 2/5/17 BW 83 Adj WW 667 Adj YW 1090
ADG 4.65 RFI 2.73 REA 13.45 IMF 3.03 BF .27
Sold into Southeastern Oklahoma
Although I can’t get this guy to give me the picture I want…I think you get the idea….THIS GUY IS BIG AND THICK! He may have the largest hind quarters of any bull we have raised. He is out of 77ZA and his dam is another of those “A” cows I spoke of before! He had a low birthweight but look at the growth he had. His ADG was very good, and his REA was among the highest. This guy is just a monster! I’m thinking he will put some serious calves on the ground!
E62 DHR Dixie PB92390 DOB 2/5/17 BW 81 Adj WW 643 Adj YW 1050
ADG 4.12 RFI .84 IMF 3.42 REA 11.95 BF .23
Sold into Coastal Plains of Texas
This is a good bull, and that ain’t just whislin’ Dixie…OK, bad humor, but a very good bull. As you hear alot…this bull is much better than this picture. This Xerox son is out of 55X, the result of a flush of Ranger11R to 525, a donor, though deceased, of great distinction! She lived to 20 years old and wisthout doubt this flush was our best mating!..In fact, the 2018 spring calves recently calved have two full sibs to 55X. We are hoping for a herd sire! Staying on point….a black Xerox son out of a good cow…the result of which was one of 5 Braunvieh’s that gained over 4 pounds per day. Add to that, a very respectable RFI number, and very balanced carcass results. This bull is at the top of the pen….a commercial producer looking for his weaning weights and good growth, need to look a this good looking fella.
E63 DHR HIlltop PB92391 DOB 2/5/17 BW 82 ADJ WW 684 ADJ YW 1075
ADG 4.19 RFI 1.74 IMF 4.317 REA 11.95 BF .23
Sold into the North Texas area
This homozygous polled Xerox son and his 1/2 sib, E62 are pretty much carbon copies. “Hilltop” is out of an A cow that was sired by a bull we quit using due to inconsistent birth weights. We did keep several very good ones out of him, and E63’s dam is one of those. His top ADG performance and an IMF that ratioed 111 makes him a top choice for sure!
Update….a good friend/customer from the Dallas area added this bull and a trailer load of heifers to his herd….he bought a handful of Braunvieh heifers some years back. It was a while…but over time watching the cattle side by side, they are replacing his herd with Braunvieh genetics.
E78 DHR Beefmakers’ Tomcat PB 92454 DOB 2/28/17 BW 80
Adj WW 603 Adj YW 1000
ADG 3.53 RFI .22 IMF 3.6 REA 12.67 BF .17
SOLD INTO NORTH TEXAS
This purebred 77ZA son is out of a cow I bought at the national sale years ago. He is a smaller framed bull with a good phenotyper. He lands in the middle of the road of all the bulls….a good group! As you can see, he is thick with a strong rear quarter. Add lots of value here….Homozygous Polled, Homozygous Black, and has 7 of 8 Quantam markers! This guy brings alot to the table!
E86 Beefmakers’ Stepchild DOB 3/9/17 BW 90 Adj WW 605 Adj YW 950
ADG 3.09 RFI 1.01 IMF 3.83 REA11.77 BF .19
This 77ZA son is a scurred purebred that is out of a Ranger11R daughter. That makes it a great Ranger11R line breeding. His dam is a maternal sib to our 3W fullblood sire….a good cow! This bull is only 14 months old in this picture….he is gonna do some commercial cattleman a good job!
E29 PB 92370 DOB 1/10/17 BW 70 ADJ WW 623 ADJ YW 965
ADG 2.89 RFI 2.89 IMF 3.39 REA 10.4 BF .32
This bull actually startled me when I saw him last. He looks totally different than just a few weeks ago! His dam is a Princess 8S ( a top cow here) daughter out of Final Answer, a Bonina Phenomenon son. That puts the Phenomenon cow on both sides of the Pedigree. Xerox adds several very well known cows on his side. I’m thinking this guy will produce a good female! As you can see, he is thick, deep, smooth, balanced, lots of eye appeal! No outstanding numbers, but a solid bull priced to sell! He is even better looking in real time!
E94 PB92499 DOB 3/20/17 BW 84 Adj WW 658 Adj YW N/A
ADG 4.08 RFI 1.1 IMF N/A REA N/A BF N/A
This Xerox son is out of a cow owned by Stoney Sheer that we are pasturing for him. She is a Spittin Image daughter out of the 719 Tanya cow from Mystic Hill…a cow of great distinction. His dam is a very long tiger striped cow with lots of spring of rib and power in the rear quarter. She must have thrown a black gene, which caused this Xerox son to turn so black. He had a great ADG, and at this point, his carcass data must have gotten lost, I’m working on that. He has a lot of eye appeal, smooth lines, and the power necessary to make a great bull!
Fall 18 Bulls off Navasota Test
This group of bulls did the ranch proud. As calves, they grew in spite of some sorry conditions…insurance company completely totaled the wheat. No rain means dry grass. We fed moms as much cottonseed as we could, but there was not much of that. So, over 300 bulls started the test, and I am very excited to say, a Diamond H bull was the top bull in ADG!! More on that below. I am going to put the info on the bulls and add pictures as I get ones that will work. The ADG numbers for the entire group of bulls on test were lower than usual. Normally, the middle of the pack is 3.5 ADG….this test it was 2.4! It was a very hot dry summer in Navasota. Our bulls did well, I am proud of the genetics!
An update, we had 6 bulls on this test, I kept two and have sold two before I could even get a picture of them!
PICTURE COMING, WHEN I GET A GOOD ONE
22E DHR Peterbilt BC94113 DOB 10/17 BW 88 Adj WW 691 Adj YW 1370
ADG 4.39 RFI -.6 REA 13.73 IMF 4.68 BF .42
Once in a while a great one comes along. An “outlier” as they are called. Their performance is SO outside that of the norm, you can’t even say, “he’s a good one”. Peterbilt is one of the reason’s we test. We are looking for the next great one, and the only way you know is to test performance. This one hit it out of the park….heck, he hit it into the next state! Of the 300 plus bulls that started the test, he was the only one that finished over 4 pounds a day. The conditions must have been difficult because that is unusually low, even for the summer months test, Remember, he is competing with 11 breeds, 4 of which are composite breeds, which amounts to crossbreeding for heterosis. He is 7/8 Braunvieh, not quite enough to be a purebred, but still. The crazy thing??? He beat the number two bulls by .6 lbs per day (in a 115 day test). That would be like winning the Indy 500 by 5 laps! Add to that, he had a strong RFI, in the top 3% of the test! Great growth in an efficient manner. Then consider his carcass. Truth is, all his numbers are so high, he makes all the other bulls ratio’s look bad, even though they are not. His IMF ratio’d 157! That is far and away the highest we have EVER tested. His REA was way above the rest. That is probably because his dam is a Y47 daughter out of a our first half blood Wagyu cow,13W.
He was sired by 21Y, which really proved his worth in this test. This bull is homozygous black, and phenotypically correct in every way. Bottom line? I believe this bull is the one we have been looking for, for the last 10 years!. I put him on 30 fall cows and we will have calves next fall. I will begin understanding if he is as good as I think. Most breeders have jumped this bull and are selling semen for $30 a straw. We will jump him for insurance, but we won’t sell the stuff till we know he can duplicate himself. If he does that, our genetics will move to a different plane!
I am selling a 1/2 interest, possession and semen in this bull. It will be pricey, but if you want the best Braunvieh genetics you can find, this could possibly be them!
12E DHR Casper PB94108 DOB 9/17 BW 81 Adj WW 645 Adj YW 1065
ADG 2.96 RFI -.22 REA 11.56 IMF 2.26 BF .25
Sold into Idaho
Casper is a first calf for C188ET, a cow that is the product of a flush out of Ranger11R and a cow with quite a record, N52. She was famous as a show dam, producing several National Champions. I was interested in seeing what her genetics would do in the pasture. I believe they will excel! He is sired by Xerox, that has proven the consistency of his genetics in the feed-yard and the pasture. As his picture is marginal, but trust me, he is a good looking rip! He had the number two ADG for Braunvieh and was in the top 20% of all bulls with a negative RFI number! He ratio’d 102 in REA, this bull has a lot to offer, that’s for sure. And I am confident, he is gonna produce some great females! This one is at the top of this group.
04E SLS Mr. Country Boy PB94158 DOB 9/17 BW 80 Adj WW 601 Adj YW 1030
ADG 2.13 RFI -.1.10 REA 13.07 IMF 1.909 BF .23
This bull is a 21Y son out of a fullblood cow , 914W, owned by Stoney Sheer that has done a good job while on our ranch. He is perhaps the bull you would pick if you chose on phenotype alone, very thick topped, big butt, big feet. He was one of three Diamond H Braunvieh bulls that tested a -1.1 RFI, a very strong number, says he will put efficiency in your herd. His Ribeye area was the second largest of all Braunvieh and in top 10% overall. This bull has some good traits to add to your herd!
PICTURE COMING, WHEN I GET A GOOD ONE
21E DHR True Believer PB94112 DOB 10/17 BW 89 Adj WW 656 Adj YW 1050
ADG 2.65 RFI -.1.10 REA 11.73 IMF 3.9 BF .28
Ya gotta like this guy. A 21Y (he sure tested well) son out of a cow that I bought several years ago that has earned a spot in the donor pen. 0221 (his dam) has had 6 calves that have ratio’d over 101 weaning, and her sons and one daughter, have all tested well! This guy had a strong ADG, RFI, REA, IMF and BF numbers….that is all of them we test! Nuff said.
I will finish this post as soon as possible!
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!!