Registered Braunvieh Cows/Pair for Sale on the Diamond H Ranch
I have been saying for some time, it seems like weather is changing around here. I read recently they think the 105th meredian line that used to be considered the “dry line”, that is west of which is drier, east of which rains more has moved about 150 miles east. I believe it…..we are drier than we used to be. That said, as I write this, we had a good 6 weeks of timely rain in April and May….grew a little grass for the first time in a while. Then as quick as it came, it left, and we are hot and dry with 20 mph + winds. . I have no choice but to continue to drop our numbers…I will be selling experienced cows, cows in their prime, and young cows. Prices will be according to the cow, her quality, her history, whether she has a calf, etc. I have no cows that deserved to be culled ….that happened 8 years ago, I use two terms that will help you know what the price will be like while you are looking at the website: Braunvieh on a Budget (BOB cows) or Top Shelf (self explanatory) If I don’t mention it, they are middle of the road in our program. I don’t publish prices for obvious reasons. If you are interested, I will send you a sheet with all pertinent info and prices. I will put a few pictures to give you an idea, but there are not many that are not for sale….for a price. This is an opportunity to get some genetics that aren’t normally for sale!…Give me a call at 806-681-9333 and lets talk about it!
We put together this video about the value of a female. If you have some time, it might be interesting. Which leads me to say…I know your time is valuable, all of us are in that boat. So let me sincerely say thanks for taking the time to give us a look….I don’t take it for granted.
I want to make a couple of comments on our cows. First, our cows have lots of spring of rib…capacity or volume as lots of folks say. I like a cow that has lots of volume, because it gives you so much flexibility in breeding them. That “volume” is a difficult thing to put in your cattle, if it is already there, you can concentrate on other attributes. Here are a few of our spring bred cows that are less than 2 months bred…though they look like they will calve any minute!
Second…you will notice several of these cows have lived a decade. An English cow has passed her prime at 7 or 8 years. Braunvieh have much more longevity. I have top producing cows over 10 years old, and the record on the Diamond H, was a 20 year old cow bringing a calf to the weaning pen. Remember, if an old cow has the fertility to breed at 10 years, she still has to have a bag, and the milk, that will support a good calf. Here are some older cows still producing in our program….you can see, their body condition and bags don’t look like they are in their teens!
18P was born September of 2004, making her nearly 15 years old….and…..look at that bag….seen worse on 5 year old english cows!
42S is the oldest Ranger11R daughter in the BAA herdbook. She produced 30 eggs in two flushes last fall. She is 13 years old, and I expect to get 3 or 4 more calves out of her.
Certainly one of my best, and perhaps my favorite cow, Princess 8S. She has weaned 70% of her body weight 3 times. We flushed her last fall with great success. She sure doesn’t have the body OR bag you would expect on a cow that is 13 years old.
So folks…don’t be afraid of buying an older Braunvieh cow. The older ones are priced to pretty much pay for themselves with the calf on their side and their salvage value. And…you can expect a 10 year old cow to have 4 or 5 more calves!
Fall Bred Braunvieh Cows for Sale
A10 DHR KK PB80305 DOB 2/15/13 BW 82 Adj WW 688 (106)
I named this cow after my wife…what more needs to be said? She has done a great job on the ranch, she deserves the “Top Shelf” designation. Her dam is our 42S donor, who is the oldest Ranger11r daughter in the BAA herdbook…yes the first! The 42S donor goes back to the 18P donor, do you see “cow family” developing? Then I bred her to James, stacking low birth weight, high growth bulls in Ranger11r and James. She ratio’ed 106 in ADJ WW, with over 3 lb per day growth birth to weaning, I think it worked! She has never missed, and her bulls have averaged a 108 ratio, her daughters a 102. AND….she is AI’d to Ranger11r, and pasture exposed to our growthy King James bull. This is a good cow folks, and in the prime of her life!
82ZA DHR Mae PB82449 DOB 5/30/12 BW 71 Adj WW 682 (112)
The truth is…my fall herd has some pretty terrific cows and this is ANOTHER one of those! Another James daughter, out of a cow that I bought on the side of her mother….she was that good as a calf! Again, never missed a calf, and her bull calves have averaged a 107 ratio. If you take out one female, her females have averaged 105! Check out the spread BW to Adj WW….you see where the growth is..she gained 3.11 per day on grass! Then take the fact she is AI’d to Ranger 11r and pasture exposed to 22E, our new outlyer performing bull….there is a lot going on in this one!
Spring Bred Braunvieh Cows
Ok, our spring herd went south and east to Weatherford last summer. We wanted to grow some grass, let the place rest, so we moved them in May. It turned out to be a bad decision on every front. We did not get rain and grew no grass, and the environmental conditions coupled with lack of management there caused a train wreck of EPIC proportions! The cows did very poorly in the new environment, and came home skinny, and I mean SKINNY! I couldn’t believe it. They have recovered, but I had some great cows go open as they were with the bulls there. After a lot of deliberation, I decided them not breeding wasn’t their fault, so they get to stay. Therefore in these spring bred cows for sale, there are a few that went open, among the ones that had calves. You should know that I am keeping several of the cows that went open as well. I don’t think it was a fertility problem….it was my decision to move them when I did, to where I did, as well as poor management while they were there. I just blew it! I don’t believe the ones that missed will miss again…I think it is an opportunity to buy a good cow at a good price. As you will notice, most of these cows for sale are cows that have historically produced calves in the top half of the weaning pen (that is all I have left).
D12 DHR Ranger’s Royale PB90156 DOB 1/10/16 BW 72 Adj WW 569
I had high hopes for this cow. She is out of a cow, Y06, that was one of those, I should never have sold! Sired by Ranger11r, she did very well on her mother and grass. She is a very moderate cow with alot of growth in her. She went to Weatherford with her first calf on her and bred back. She lost the embryo in the disaster down there, and came home a near skeleton. She came back to look like she has in 2 months! Like all of these, if she doesn’t sell, I’m gonna keep her…she didn’t have a chance down there! I have her in the pasture with a paternal sib, C190. The breeding will be a great one, I am sure. He will put more growth and muscle in her. She is gonna make a good cow!
77A DHR 77A DOB 11/9/13 BW 79 ADJ WW 587 (102)
This young cow has a bright future….she is a Y47 daughter out of a Golden Link cow I bought years ago (a top producer for our herd). This cow has had two bull calves, which averaged a 636 wean wt for a 107 average. She is gonna produce animals that will produce pounds! This heifer calf is her first female, and as you can see, is gonna be a dandy….deep flanked, powerful rear quarter, big top. This is a strong pair. She is pasture exposed to Xerox to begin calving 2/16/20.
37S AAA Woodrings Ms Samantha PB60173 DOB 10/20/06 BW 87# Adj WW 590#
When people as me if I like the Sambo 637ET bull, I say I only have (seen) one and she is a great cow! I traded Woodring for this cow. Sired by Sambo 637, her dam was a Pol Frank cow. She has had 8 calves for us….both bulls and heifers have an average ratio of 107…she is a top producer! Yeah she is getting along in years but you can tell, she is in good condition, and still has ALOT of punch in her bag. Look at the bull calf that she is raising….he turned 4 months the day I shot this picture….he’s gonna be (another) winner! She is pasture exposed to the Andrew and Beefmaker bull. I’m confident she has two or three more calves in her!
126B PB87609 DHR Curly DOB 9/11/14 BW 75 Adj WW. 615 (105)
I often say, “Ranger is the best bull in my tank”. I say that because his progeny are always at the top of the wean pen, have good birth weights, built right, good udders, etc. This Ranger daughter was an illustration of that fact. Her dam is 82ZA, one of the fall cows above for sale (I won’t sell them both). This young cow has just gotten started in her production career. Her two calves have weighed 79 and 69, and weaned above average…She has a She is a top shelf kind of cow. Ain’t she pretty to boot?!? She has a heifer that weighed 79# at her side and was pasture exposed to our C190 N52 to Ranger11r son….Great stuff here.
And folks, never forget, regardless of life’s challenges, problems, and shortcomings….we live in the best country in the world (there is no doubt of that statement) and are blessed to be part of one of the best occupations in business. AND we have a very good, kind and loving God. Regardless of your position on that last part….life is good!
Blessings from the Hill’s….Karra and Todd