Canadian Sourced Fullblood Braunvieh Females
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
We imported a full truckload of full blood females. It is our intent to keep in the neighborhood of 10 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. They are currently all bred to purebred black Braunvieh bulls, to begin calving April 4th for 70 days. Though we all know vets can make mistakes, ALL BUT TWO of these cows were called 4 months bred at preg checking which would mean they will calve on the first breeding cycle. They will be registered with the BAA.
It is widely known that birth weights are larger the farther north you go. In Nebraska, 95 to 100 birth weights are much more common (and accepted) than here in Texas. In Canada, 110 and up is not uncommon. It is natures way of dealing with the cold weather. Those birth weights will come down in this part of the world. So that means two things….First, the high birth weights of some of these cows will undoubtedly moderate in future breedings to our genetics. Second, the first calves out of these cows will most likely be higher birth weights than are “acceptable” here. I am not worried about that at all. I intend to use the genetics that come out of these cows in their current breeding, AND I expect both the cows and their offspring they are currently pregnant with will work just fine in our part of the world.
The females will be sold on first come first serve at four potential pricing levels:
I. Sold as they are as of 3/15. Any cow that is still bred from the Canadian breeding.
II. As an open cow, ready to breed back, with live calf at side.
III. A three in one, bred to a Diamond H bull, our choice.
IV. A three in one, bred to the bull of your choice
I have not had the time to go through these cattle one by one, and price them…I will do that this weekend…3/25. The data is limited.. These cows have adapted unbelievably well to a new environment and a new herdsman!
Here is a few of these beauties!