The Diamond H Braunvieh Breeding Program
Braunvieh Heifer Development
Prior to the third year of the drought, we did not feed animals other than protein supplement and heifers headed to the show ring. We believe cattle should perform under the same conditions they will on any ranch. Feeders are not usually in that mix. However, the drought caused us to do some things we had not done prior. One of those things is putting our developing heifers on a feeder. Since we breed at 12 months, we need to give the heifers every opportunity to succeed. Prior to the drought (and in February 2017 we are still feeling the effects of drought that started in 2011), they had to do that on their own. However, it became clear that our our pastures could not deliver the nutrition needed to get these females ready to breed at that age. So beginning with Fall 2012 heifers, we put them on a feeder using a 14% grower ration from weaning until breeding. Using salt as a limiter and closing the feeder doors, our goals is a 15 pound day consumption. The results have been very good. Still, we look forward to the day we don’t have to use the feeder….God willing!
The Diamond H Braunvieh Cow
In short, WE PRODUCE ANIMALS THAT WILL HELP COMMERCIAL CATTLEMAN MAKE MONEY!