Canadian Sourced Fullblood Braunvieh Females
PLEASE NOTE…IF YOU LOOKED AT THESE BEFORE AND DID NOT LIKE THE PRICE…I HAVE PRICED THE REMAINING 15 TO SELL….I HAVE GOTTEN A CALF OUT OF THEM AND DON’T HAVE THE ROOM TO CARRY THEM.. IF YOU BUY A GROUP, YOU WILL GET AN EVEN BETTER PRICE. THEY ARE BRED/IN THE PASTURE TO OUR FULLBLOOD BULL AND A NEW LONG YEARLING WE HAVE FOR SALE, WHICH I THINK IS ARE BETTER BREEDINGS THAN THEY GOT HERE WITH!
If you want to look at the cattle and skip my color commentary, scroll down! You will see the bulls the cows are out of first, then the cows themselves….there are around 15.
Well… once in a while, a person gets the opportunity to impact their small, personal, part of the world. I believe that opportunity has presented itself to me.
I am passionate about breeding cattle in general, and the Braunvieh breed specifically. I believe in the breed, and they have met ALL my expectations with one exception. I have put much effort into keeping Fullblood Braunvieh cows in my herd, but the fact is, I have been unable to find cattle that could meet the rigors of our breeding program. I’m not saying they are not out there, I’m just saying, I have been unable to find them. I have an opinion as to why that is, but let it suffice to say, the cattle and AI bulls I have used, had neither the fertility, nor the performance, to stay in the Diamond H Program. I am very excited to say I think that has changed!
My first exposure to Fieldstone Braunvieh was a couple of years ago, while I was on the internet and ran across their site. When I saw the pictures of their cows and herd sires, I told Karra, “we should take a trip to see them, it would be fun and I would like to see some truly extraordinary Braunvieh cattle”. And believe it or not, we were discussing a trip this summer, to Canada and points between. So it was a surprise when Calvin, owner of Fieldstone Braunvieh, called around Valentines day, to see if I had any interest in purchasing some cows. As for all of us, time is marching on, and he has made the decision lower his work load by liquidating his herd, and to stay connected to the beef business by marketing grass fed beef. As we were exchanging pleasantries, I thought, “fat chance I could buy a truck load of cows”. As the conversation ended, I told him “if you get some sold, and transportation somehow worked out, I would be interested in a handful”. However, not long after I hung up, I thought to myself….these cows need to be in the BAA herdbook, in the United States, not on some ranch in Canada. SO….we took a BIG risk, and bought the final, (and perhaps best) part of his herd! And folks, I think these cows can impact the Full Blood portion of the BAA herdbook.
We imported a full truckload of full blood females. It is our intent to keep in the neighborhood of 6 head and are offering the balance for sale. These cows average 5.7 years of age. They are ALL front pasture cows; cows anyone would be proud to own. All these cows are functional, having been bred the first time as long yearlings and not one has been open in their lifetime. As I write this, they have had their calves and spent 60 days with our 3W fullblood bull. I moved the group’s breeding up 3 WEEKS! And true to their great form, all but four bred in spite of that! These are good cows!
Two thoughts….First concerning birth weights. We have bred and selected to lower the birth weights (BW) of our cattle from day one. It is/has been a central tenet of our program. The BW’s on these cows (in some cases) are significantly higher than would be acceptable in Texas. However, 1800 miles north in Canada, these BW’s are not only acceptable, but common. It is commonly accepted that the farther north, the higher the BW. Don’t let their BW’s impact your ideas about them. I was honestly surprised at the weights of the calves they had here in Texas….there were some higher BW’s but the vast majority were typical here….mid to low 80’s. AND….let me tell ya, these cows adapted to not only our temps, but to our grass…in a hurry! They have not missed a lick!
Second on age….As I said, we are going to keep six of these cows, and am EXCITED to do so. The average age of these cows is 8.9 years. I am not afraid of a nine year old Braunvieh, neither should you!
I think it is good to see the sires of the cows. Fieldstone Wonderbar is a Swiss Way Marshall 53N son out of the Jasmine Donor. Fieldstone used this bull extensively, as he is a proven calving ease bull, with good performance….he is a beauty! More than half these cows were Wonderbar daughters. I can’t wait to get him in MY herd!
Well, this is not the professional picture like Wonderbar, but this is a terrific bull. AOZ5M also know as GU Mr. International was a bull out of the George Ulrich program. George and his father came over from Switzerland. He also developed and used Ricco 7C, the Willabar Bouncer bull, and others. With a 92# BW 616 Adj WW and 1096 YW he was developed in the pasture. He sired many of these females.
Here are a few of these beauties. Though they have been here a while, I have not gotten new pictures since they arrived. I don’t even have some of them pictured. When they first arrived, I was selling them at a premium price. It is now December, and I don’t need to be carrying cows that I don’t intend to keep…we don’t have the grass. SO….I have them PRICED TO SELL!
Even the BEST picture will not do these girls justice!
17B White Sire: Swiss Tradition Marvin Dam: Swiss Tradition Tera Age: 5 BW and WW not available
Another young female out of the Swiss Way Tradition program. Picture is not flattering. Feet are under her. She is longer and deeper than the picture shows. Very similar to 14A above. When I rebred the cattle, I moved them up 3 weeks, so some were with the bull less than 40 days, some only days after calving. This is the only cow that went open! I am sure she will breed with my fall cows, that was asking alot of her. She is priced currently as an open cow.
24Y Sire AOZ5M Dam FLE164S Age 8 BW 91 ADJ WW 609
This cow has genetics from two other well know Canadian programs. The bull out of the George Ulrich program the dam out of the Starline program. Not many of these cows weaned over 600#. Palpated bred to 3W Lonestar Vernon.
35X Age 9 Sire: AOZ5M Dam: Fieldstone 23N BW 90 Adj WW 714
Sold into South Texas
This girl is the only one of this group to wean over 700 pounds. She is on my short list, but I have put four of them on the website for sale if they are in demand. The sire is a bull Fieldstone bought from George Ulrich called “Mr. International” He has extraordinary length and power. This girl is my kind of cow, thats for sure! Has a black bull by side.
49B Age 5 Sire: Wonderbar Dam: Fieldstone 32Y BW 101 Adj WW 478
You know, truth is, I don’t know much about these cattle. But I keep finding myself thinking…deep bodied, nice bag, “bet shes a bull maker”. Fieldstone grew his own females…..he liked his genetics, so do I. Palpated bred to 3W Lonestar Vernon.
51Y Age 8 Sire: AOZ5M Dam: Fieldstone 24T BW 98 Adj WW 554
Sold into South Texas
This International daughter is as broody as they come. She is another one on MY short list that I am gonna list here. She is the kind I hang my herd bell on! Shaka Buekes is grandsire on Dams side…Dam’s sire is Swiss Tradition Ivan. Cream colored bull at her side.
13Y Age 8 Sire SwissTradition Ivan Dam 19M BW 115 Adj WW 620
I sure like this cow. ANOTHER classic broody Fullblood. Don’t let the BW bother you. This cow is the dam of 12B above who’s BW was 81. This is a good cow family. The sire on the dams side is Shaka Buekes again. You see him in all sorts of good pedigrees. Fieldstone has a tank full of embryos out of him. She was in the first group to calve. We kept her heifer calf, one of three we kept. Palpated bred to 3W Lonestar Vernon.
17B Blue Age 5 Sire: Fieldstone You the Man Dam: Fieldstone 6U BW 106 Adj WW 620
This girl is out of a bull Fieldstone raised that was sired by Mr. International. Same story on Dams side…Deep in Fieldstone genetics. She is illustrates why we wanted their genetics in the US! Palpated bred to 3W Lonestar Vernon.
17Y yellow Age 8 Sire: Mr. International Dam 22U BW 120 Adj WW 580
This cow is perhaps the best personality of them all. We sure like working with her. She is inquisitive and very gentle. I will say, he did a poor job of dehorning !(his words not mine) When I study these cattle I see that 6 are out of “U” year cows. That tells me that was a good year for cows on his ranch. Another thing is that all but one of the calves out of those cows are over 100# BW. Not sure what that means, but it didn’t bother Calvin, and these cows are having lower BW calves. It must have been environmental that year. Also, we had a warm dry winter and lice are bad…..welcome to Texas girls! She is showing signs of that…I treated them the day we took pictures. One last comment…I asked Calvin to give me his top picks….she was one of them. Palpated bred to 3W Lonestar Vernon.
21Z Age 7 Sire: Wonderbar Dam: 34W BW 84 Adj WW 570
More of the same…deep flanked and sure footed, big volume girl. A very good BW to Adj WW spread. The Dam side of this cow is sired by ST Ivan and a cow sired by Marantha Arthur 4Y. He is in many famous Canadian pedigrees including Northstar Vernon and several great Starline cows. Folks, we are lucky to have the opportunity to put these genetics into our pedigrees….it’s been a long time coming! Palpated bred to 3W Lonestar Vernon.
31 Blue Age 5 Sire: Wonderbar Dam: Fieldstone 30Y BW 95 Adj. WW 540
SOLD into Arkansas
Another moderate Wonderbar female. Dams side is sired by S.T Ivan and another Dam sired by Shaka Buekes. Shaka bred an ET cow of Fieldstone named Jupiter to get this cows Dam, Dam. The Shaka breeding on that generation is common on these cows. It was apparently a mix that Fieldstone liked and used consistently, with success.
34Y Age 8 Sire: Mr. International Dam: 34U BW 103 Adj WW 612
This cow sired by the Ulrich bull is one of the small group of girls that weaned over 600#. Her dam is a Swiss Tradition Ivan daughter out of a Fieldstone cow sired by the Shaka Buekes bull. If all the pedigree talk is to confusing, melt it down to say…there are a multiple great bulls and cows in this pedigree. He keeps the ID number from one generation to the next. There are 3 “34” cows in the herd…tells me it is a functional cow family that lasts! Has a cream colored heifer which we kept and she calved in the first two weeks Palpated bred to 3W Lonestar Vernon.
51Y Age 8 Sire Mr. International Dam Fieldstone 24T BW 98 Adj WW 554
Sold into Texas Coastal Plains
This girl is one of those that just looks like she stepped off a mountainside in Switzerland…she just needs a bell hung around her neck! She was on my list, but I just can’t keep as many as I want. Her volume is exceptional. She is as thick and deep as they come. Her dam is also an Ivan daughter on top, Shaka on the bottom. I want to note….Calvin bred consistency in his herd….I told him that when I saw them. As I study pedigrees, I see why. It is a disciplined approach to cattle breeding. She weaned a top calf last year. She may be older, but I think she has a lot to offer! Has a cream colored bull calf by her side.
62Y Age 8 Sire: Wonderbar Dam Fieldstone 37U BW 93 Adj WW 515
This is cow is like many others….Ivan on top, goes back to Shaka Buekes on the bottom side. Calvin put her on his top picks. She is a smooth CLEAN FRONTED cow! Looks like show genetics to me! Palpated bred to 3W Lonestar Vernon.
74A Age 6 Sire: Wonderbar Dam: Fieldstone 32X BW 88 Adj. WW 572
The last cow listed was on Fieldstones “top pick” list as well. ! Her dam was a Mr. International daughter, that goes to Shaka on her top side. Her grand dam was an ET cow called Fortune Cookie. He was a good breeder, that is for sure! Palpated bred to 3W Lonestar Vernon.