I THINK YOU SHOULD READ THE NEXT COUPLE OF PARAGRAPHS!
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. Our cattle have done well in spite of all the hurdles they face here in Childress County. Our last fall calves set all kinds of ranch records. 100 ratio of weaning was 704 pounds! Just weaned this fall, and had a large number that weaned over 700# and the top bull weaned 799#. Then when we preg checked that group of 54, we had 2 opens, both older cows! The group included 14 heifers, and 12 second calf heifers. Then on to spring….we calved 91% of our spring herd in 13 days, the entire group in 34 days! When we preg checked them, we had two open cows over 10 years old (we bred neither one) and a bred heifer that we bought at the National Sale that did not breed back. I say all that to say this: Our cows are fertile; very productive cows! BUT……we need to sell MORE than a handful of them…cows I would have sold in the past and here’s why:
I figure I have 10 to 15 good years left, God willing. I have made up my mind to spend that time trying to breed “Angus” black cattle. It is very difficult in this breed, and from my point of view, it has not been done. And while I intend to keep a contigency of fullblood cattle, I am setting a course to breed the best BLACK, not chocolate brown, homozygous black cattle I can. I think I have two herd sires that can help take me there. The heifers I am weaning are knocking my eyes out and I need to make room for them It is a risky decision to replace proven cows with heifers of unknown performance. I will have to sell no less than 30 cows to make room for these young ones. We are moving forward, these heifers out of 19E and 22E are the foundation of what I see as the future of this program, so I am making available cows that do not deserve to be sold!
Picking which ones to sell is a very difficult decision…these are NOT culls, they are good cows! I’ll answer the question “why is he selling these?”. Easy answer….something has to go! Some of these are top 50% cows, some are at calving at near the end of our calving program, some just have several daughters in the herd. NONE and I repeat NONE have not done a good job for this ranch, and NONE don’t deserve a job! I predict, you will be glad you bought them.
Registered Braunvieh Cows/Pairs for Sale private treaty on the Diamond H Ranch
Fall Bred Braunvieh Cows for Sale
As of this posting, these cows are either very heavy bred or have calved. There are some great cows in this bunch.
423F PB94938 Alexander Beaumont Peaches DOB 1/18/18 BW 81 Adj. WW 520
This a nice”Braunvieh black” female sired by the Beaumont bull known for his low RFI efficiency genetics. She goes back to our genetics on the dams side. She is a good young cow with a 19E son at her side. She is palpated bred to our G68 bull. I sold him prematurely honestly, I should have kept him for another year. He is a good high percentage Angus black bull.
Spring Bred 2nd Calf heifers
There are 5 in this group and I could not be prouder of each one of them. Three of them calved at 19 to 20 months. All five bred back as a “sophomore”, without question the most difficult breed back. They are losing their baby teeth, are still growing themselves and are giving all their nutrition to raise their calf. Their tank is empty and they still have to be a good enough cow to breed back. We did not have one first calf go open (for the sixth program in a row). That is the ultimate test of a herds fertility! Sure they look rough, they ought too. These pictures were taken 3 weeks after weaning their first calf, and as you can see, we are a bit drier than most of you, and they don’t have the best groceries. All the above, in my estimation, are reasons that these are the most valuable females in anyones herd!
G67 BC 97293 DOB 5/1/19 BW 92 Adj. WW 597
SOLD into East Alabama
This 3/4 blood cow is out of a halfblood we purchased from the Mystic Hill program sired by our deceased Fullblood sire 3W. Take note that this picture was taken when she was not yet a two year old (by 2 months). She calved as an 19 month old showing fertility, early maturity, and a very good ability to mother early in life. The bottom picture was taken as a young mother in March 2020. You can see the 690# Xerox bull calf she raised took it’s toll on her. Heck, that was better than 65% of her body weight! But….on breed back for the second calf, she stuck to the AI and has a Ranger11r heifer on her side. THAT is the kind of cow to have in your herd! She is raising a great daughter out of a great bull, and will be AI’d again on 5/15. This is one fertile, heavy weaning cow. She has a long life ahead of her and her daughter on her side will be a good one as well.
G46 BC97277 DHR Olive Oil DOB 3/14/19 BW 68# 205 day wt. 595#
Another heifer that calved just before her 2nd birthday, soon after the “Articgeddon” we suffered February 2021. She had a 72# heifer out of our E62 bull and grew that girl to a WHOPPING 728# 205 day weight! And as thin as she is….she just weaned 65% of her body weight as a first calf heifer….I think a little loss of body score is to be expected! Remember just 3 weeks since weaning in this picture. SO….. this heifer is out of our only Registered Angus whose genetics we hand picked to breed up black cattle. She has given us several like Olive Oil here or we would keep this one…that kind of performance in a first calf heifer is rare. She is sired by the Lonestar Vernon bull. Then like the heifer above, G46 stuck to AI to the Ranger 11r bull and has a bull calf on her side! These are all among our best….Do I keep saying….”heart of our program” you tell me!
35F BC 96466 Black Bombshell DOB 9/9/18 BW 86 Adj WW 588
This one is a story. First, she is a 31W out of an Angus that we used as a resip. Look at her weaning weight. We sent her to the development yard with the others. She came back and was waiting to be bred. THE DAY we were gonna give the first shot, we went out to move them and this girl had a calf on the ground…as a 15 month old! The calf disappeared 3 weeks later, we don’t know what happened, but she was a baby having babies! She bred back in the front of the program to our 3W fullblood bull and had a nice heifer that weaned 626# with a 3.05 WDA! She lost some body score from weaning that calf for sure….but she weaned nearly 60% of her bodyweight! Then on her second breeding, she missed the AI, but bred on the first pass of the cleanup bull, our 22E sire. She has a nice heifer on her side, as I write this. Clearly, this girl is a producer, and I love her phenotype AND her disposition!
08H PB99206 DHR Cinnamon Girl DOB 2/7/20 BW 62 Adj WW 536
08H heifer calf at 60 days old
This heifer is full of our best and a little something different. She is sired by the Xerox bull and her dam is an 8s Princess cow that we bred to a bull called Silver Link. We learned about him through his sons at a bull test, and he died young, before he was well known. She calved just before her 2nd birthday and is doing a great job raising this 1/2 blood Wagyu cross calf. I think 08H is going to turn out to be a fertile producer. And if her calf’s growth continues, will prove to be a low BW high weaning type of cow. Her calf could be a great addition to a program that sells beef direct or if not, might make some great eating, though I think she is gonna make a good ‘un! The cow is open and will be AI’d on 5/15. She is priced as a pair which will change when she is bred.
Spring Bred Cows
C166 PB87490 China’s Dolly DOB 2/8/15 BW 80 Adj WW 615
C166 is a cow of distinction. She is sired by a bull that could have been a herd sire on our ranch, but at the time, we already had 3 double wild type bulls that were doing a great job, so we sold 69ZA, the sire of C166. He was sired by Uron, a well know Mexican bull. C166’s dam is our U10 donor, so this cow has lots of power in her genetic package. She has weaned three calves, two of which were heifers that weaned a 107 ratio! She just weaned a 644# bull calf. This is a young cow that has had a great start….lots of good calves in her future for sure. This is one that is hard to put on the market…if she was black, she would not be for sale…simple as that. She has a 22E heifer at her side. I’m sure she will be yet another great female out of the cow. Oh yeah, her 2020 heifer is bred and for sale…21H. If she doesn’t sell, I will keep her…she’s a good ‘un!
89A PB84534 DHR Dorothy DOB 3/3/14 BW 90 Adj. WW 500
If you know this program, you know we don’t throw the term donor around easily. If there is a donor quality cow on this page, it is Dorothy. Her prodigy far outstrip her personal results. Her calves, with the exception of one, have ratioed 104 avg. Her last heifer calf weaned 726# and is built like a brick–house! Her top side was out of two great cows of our program, and her dam was a very broody Fullblood with Canadian genetics we bought years back. She was full of who’s who Swiss and Canadian genetics on both sides of her genetics. Now the “but”. The power you see in this cow can be expressed at birth. You have to be thoughtful about how you breed her. She has plenty of get up and go, you need to tone that down. I believe that makes Dorothy a great breeding piece and she will raise great ones! She calved a 19E bull calf and will be bred in May.
73A BC84522 DHR Sheryl DOB 10/29/13 BW 90 205 day wt. 648
If you have been paying attention all these cows have a DHR in front of their name, all home grown cows that have to perform to keep their job. This girl has done just that. She weaned a 110 ratio personally, and has weaned 104 on two bulls. We put two embryos in her, both of which stuck. She just weaned a 22E bull at 679#. This girl has done everything we have asked her to do. She is out of Ranger11r daughter we sold sired by a 1/2 blood Wagyu bull we used on heifers for a while. So here you have a black 3/4 blood that has shown great fertility and productivity. The Wagyu influence will make her do a great job on carcass to boot. She has a 19E heifer calf on her side, which she had in the first two weeks of the program. So you get two good females in this package. We are selling her not due to color or performance, but age….we have lots of young un’s coming. If she doesn’t sell, no harm…we will make room for a proven cow that fits our future!
95C PB89327 DHR Sunrise DOB 10/15/15 DOB 72 205 day wt. 447#
A daughter of our favorite “Tequila” cow we bought from our friend Russ Freeman years ago. One look at this cow, ya gotta think “broody” or “spring of rib”. This one is plain and simple a victim of our decision to go Angus black. She has had four straight calves with an average wean weight of 633# for an average ratio of 102. She is sired by a Ranger son out of our 10P donor that we sold a few years back when we found 77ZA. Honestly I hate the idea of selling this very gentle proven top producer…I feel like she is being sold for no good reason, but…. If she doesn’t sell we will use her as a recip. The kind of cow you should use, fertile and raises a good calf! She lost her spring calf to a winter storm…found it frozen to the ground. She is open, and priced to sell. I am certain she will breed back.
We have several more cows that are for sale….can’t get them all cataloged! Come by the ranch…we will let you see these and what else is for sale.
I realize that everything is not current all the time…please forgive me on that. It is always a good idea to check with me if you have questions. You can’t believe how much work it is to keep “What’s for sale” current…THAT is why most websites don’t have them posted! I can spend an entire day (literally) getting the heifer page current with decent pictures! So, you patience with my imperfections is appreciated!!
We don’t post prices. If you are interested, please call and I will send you a spreadsheet.