Diamond H Herd Sires

 

When you read this page, you will notice something.  Three purchased senior herd sires, proven in the pasture and of superior quality.  We looked for, and bought great genetics that fit our goals.  Then you will see a group of bulls that have our herd code on them.  We believe our cows can raise superior genetics.  We are constantly testing and breeding our own bulls in search for the next great one. You will notice they have superior performance numbers and carcass traits.  That selection process is what I believe is moving our program ahead at the rate we are moving.  The next great one is out there…we are testing to find him…when he shows himself, he will find himself on this page!

Our Senior Black Herd Sire Ranger 11R

Ranger 11R  (PB53600)

Any breeder of cattle will tell you he/she had a favorite. Maybe it was because of personality, or maybe performance….but just like kids, we have a favorite. Ranger 11R is/was mine. He was easy to load, had a great personality and we have yet to replace him, try hard as we have. He passed away on November 16, 2013 and I sure do miss him. There are lots of good “Ranger stories”, but suffice it to say, he liked to breed. At first he was very difficult to load. BUT, he was smart too….so when he figured out that when he got on the trailer, he got off in the midst of fertile cows….he LOVED the trailer. In fact, we just pulled into the pasture and he jumped in! He was “Angus black” and has been DNA tested homozygous black and homozygous polled. Two things impress us about Ranger.

First, he is extremely consistent, he brings quality to every breeding. He has a very broad top, massive depth and volume (yes black Braunvieh can have depth) and a superb rear quarter. His females have GREAT udders….we prioritize that in our females. He produces very moderate cattle, if you are looking for frame…he is NOT your bull. His results are well documented in the pasture and feedlot tests.

Second are his birth weight to weaning weight curve. We used Ranger as a heifer bull when he was young, and consistently AI our heifers to him today with no birthing problems. In Fall and Spring of 2011/2012 his average birth weight on over 30 calves was 74.5 pounds. His dam is a long bodied black cow out of Final Answer, making Ranger double bred of the well known Phenomenon cow.

Ranger 11R was TWO TIME winner of the Herd Sire award at the Midland Bull Test in Montana . A Ranger daughter, who was a top seller at the 2011 National Braunvieh Sale had a BW 78, WW 640. She was ultra-sounded at 14 months weighing 1180 pounds with a 16.2 ribeye, IMF of 4.14, and .20 BF. His genetics are performing in the pasture, in the feedlot, and at the packers.
We have both conventional and male semen on Ranger 11R.

**Food for thought….historically, it would be safe to say that 5 weight steers bring 10 cents more than 5 wt heifers, a difference of $50 dollars, 6 wt a bit more.  IF you are using AI anyway, male Ranger11R semen is $40 ($30 to $35 if volume discount applies).  If you are using $5 semen to inseminate your cattle (if you get semen that cheap, you are probably buying quantity, I am assuming a a$30 cost from us, (Dairy’s pay attention here), assuming 1.50 for heifers, 1.60 for steers,  the net difference in revenue of male vs female is $25.  Also keep in mind that the steers will outweigh the heifers, which will only increase the spread.

Ranger out of a fullblood cow made 6X.  She is a good example of Ranger daughters.  I think the udder is one of the critical components a bull passes on.  Look at these pictures……He does that very well!

This is a Ranger daughter out of 8S “Princess”. It is her first calf.

A Ranger daughter we sold to Dwight Alexander

This is not 6X pictured above, but 3X. Ranger produces a consistent offspring! Another beautiful udder.

X002  PB72603   “Xerox”  DOB    BW   Adj WW  636   Adj YW 1026

(owned in partnership with Alexander Braunvieh Farm)

When Xerox became available, I studied him hard.  The result of my research, told me he is a definite part of the breeding puzzle for the Diamond H.  I have been seeing his daughters at various sales for three years.  Two things struck me.  First, they were phenotypically correct…..  “the right type and kind” as they say.  Thick, very lean fronted, good feet.  Second, they topped most of the sales they were in.

He is in the top 1% of birthweight bulls in our breed.  He puts depth of flank and spring of rib in his cattle.  And, very importantly for me, he cleans up the front.  Ranger cattle carry a lot of dew lap.  Honestly, that is ok with me, it serves a purpose in cattle.  However, there are a lot of people that want em clean fronted.   He does not put a lot of power in his calves…that is where I think my cattle can help this bull in his weakness’ and he can help them in theirs.

His first calves are coming yearlings this spring.  They represented him well in the weaning pen.  He has two sons in the top 5 Braunvieh at the Navasota Spring 2018 test nearing the end….seems like his genetics are gonna fit in well here!   Here are a couple of his calves, on both out of Ranger daughters….Will breed Y41 this spring….she is a real deep bodied power house!!

  Mr. James   AS50405

A friend told me about James.  My research told me that he was a low birth weight bull with strong weaning and yearling weight performance.  A very high percentage of his prodigy were still in registered herds, which told me they were functioning well.  My thinking was to put him on my polled and black Ranger daughters, thus stacking the low birth weight, high performance genetics of these two gutsy, big butted, big footed bulls.

 I sold him to a breeder in south Texas, where he serviced a small group of good Braunvieh cattle there…..sort of a “semi” retirement!  He was honored by spending his eternity under an oak tree!

This short  yearling James heifer shows the depth, volume, and muscle he put in his females, she is a productive female in our herd now, A20.

This is a picture of our King James bull we sold to a commercial ranch in Oklahoma.  His son’s tested so well, we bought him back and used him in Fall of 2017

We have both conventional and sexed semen available on James.

This two month old bull calf came into this world weighing 75#.  He shows the styling with bone and muscle of a typical James calf.

3W    “Lonestar Vernon”    OB52132

We bred Lonestar and sold a half interest in him to our good friend Dwight Alexander, and  he has certainly proven his worth as a herdsire for the Diamond H.  He is a Northstar Vernon son, out of a cow that was a top selling heifer at the first Broken Oak production sale.  His dam is a Vernon grandaughter and the bottom side of her pedigree has Erle,  Sampson 629, Sambo Jordi, and Swiss Way Marshall 53.   He has yet to miss (produce a poor calf)  in a breeding.  When you see him in person you will find him to be smooth; very balanced, front to back.  His birth weights are very consistently in the mid to low 80’s and calves have lots of bone and muscle, and are very stylish, with LOTS of growth.  His sons have done very well at both Navasota and Green Spring testing facility.  A 3W son had a -4.27 RFI, the lowest I have ever heard of!   Perhaps one of his best traits is his disposition!  He is a teddy bear!  The calf pictured below is 6 months old, out of a 1000# Ranger daughter. And for the first time, we have his genetics available to the public.

A 3 month old fullblood 3W bull calf with an 82# BW. I really like the thickness and phenotype of his calves! He does good work on Angus as well!

ZA 77 “DHR BEEFMAKER” PB 82446

This Ranger 11R son is out of a consistent fullblood cow.   He calved on 10/5/12 at 82# .  He went on to wean at a whopping 725# and a 1237# yearling weight.  That gives him a WDA of  3.45…that works!  During the Navasota test, he had a top five performance in both ADG and RFI with 3.12 and -.84, respectively.  He measured 1.27 in REA and had a 4.08  IMF.    He has worked his way to the top of the pecking order of our black herdsires.  Picking for proven performance shows in the calves.

31W is a bull we raised and sold several years ago.  He is a Homozygous Black, and Homozygous Polled Ranger11R son out of a cow, 507R.  507R was destined to be a donor, she is dam of several great ones, past herd sires, and 011T “Bitsy”, another great cow, who is the dam to our Y47 bull.  Am I painting the picture?  Ranger11R to a great cow.  At the time, Ranger11R was on the ranch, we did not need him.  A good friend to the ranch, called me about buying him back.  Seldom will a 6 year old bull move your program forward, but I though this guy would.  Check out that “Ranger rear quarter”!  This guy is not tested, but he is a major chunk of bull!  Can’t wait to get his calves on the ground!

The Diamond H Braunvieh Heifer and Potential Herd Sire Bulls

When you are working to develop top producing genetics in a high performance breed, there is a “push-pull” between your performance goals and the problems that result from pushing the envelope genetically.  I believe it should be any breeders goal to get a female in production as soon as possible.  It is better for the development of the heifer to become a cow, and certainly better for profitability for the program.  Heifer bulls are perhaps one of the most difficult lines to walk.  Many breeders choose the route of low performing breeds such as Longhorn or Jersey.  Yes, it gets a live calf on the ground and puts the calf in the position to learn to be a momma.  However, the resulting offspring is often less than desirable, and usually terminal.

We will not compromise performance.  We are always looking for a bull that has the performance we are looking for, while at the same time will put a live calf on the ground.  These bulls are being used for different reasons, but with these ultimate goals in mind.  Please take note, these pictures are not all that good, we are constantly trying to upgrade the quality of our pictures.

Y47  PB76603  DOB 2/2011  BW 74  ADJ WW  626#  YW 1127#  “A Bit of Quinto”

First, let me say, this is good picture and not a great one.    Born 2/5/11 at 74# grew to wean at 626# and reached 1127# at yearling.  He is sired by Quinto, out of our “Bitsy 011T” cow, a Ranger daughter out of Elena 507, the madam of a very strong cow family our ranch. Even this poor picture gives ya the idea he is big butted, deep in flank and has lots of volume. He is Angus black (that is red dirt that makes him look brown).   I sold him to a commercial breeder while he had a group of sons on test in Navasota.  That group of sons DOMINATED the test….so….. I called my customer, and asked to buy him back. After a couple years of persistent calling, I did finally get him back.

Update…as bulls do, Y47 got in a bullfight and lost….He was terminally crippled and is no longer working for us.  We are fortunate to have some daughters producing for us.

 133  PB84718  “King James”  DOB 8/30/13 BW 88# Adj WW 653 YW 1045

Our friend Stoney Sheer raised this bull.  He came to the ranch as an 18 month old. He is out of X1388 a Black Icon daughter.  Though his own BW is a little high, he throws moderate to low BW calves.    I didn’t need another traditional colored bull, so I sold him to a good bull customer.  When Stoney moved his cows to the Diamond H, several calves were King James’ sons.  They grew up and went to test.  And as I say, performance is passed on.  He had 3 of 4 sons do VERY well on test.  I bought him back!  I guess you could say, we tested his performance through his sons!  We will be using him extensively in Fall 17 and Spring 18 to see what he can do.

52A OB85216 “Yukon’s Pride” Adj WW 623 ADJ YW 1156

Dwight Alexander and I saw this guy at the Navasota sale.  I had an opportunity to buy his sire, Yukon’s Image, and passed…probably not my best decison.  He is a very well made bull with a strong pedigree, most notably out of the Trina 376 ET cow….a true stand out in the breed.  Her pedigree includes, Riss, Forelle, Admiral, and number of cows from Switzerland.  52A’s dam is out of a JW Lightfoot cow (he was a very accomplished breeder) and is a Yukon daughter.  SO…that makes our bull line bred to Swiss Way Yukon on both sides of the pedigree.  That makes him bred twice to such greats as Dado, Swiss Way Lincoln, Musli (a cow in lots of top pedigrees) and a Canadian powerhouse bull, Norman Bubikon.  We thought he would make a great bull to work with our Fullblood standout, Lonestar Vernon 3W.  Time will tell, but we are satisfied with the way he is looking thus far.  Check back in a couple of years!

 

DO6 BN 89894 SLS King James 10/60 1/18/16 BW 78 ADJ WW 699 ADJ YW 1215

ADG 4.63  RFI -.22 REA 12.3   BF .22  IMF 4.52

OK…I practice what I preach. This guy is a halfblood.  It is UNUSUAL for a purebred breeder to use a 1/2 blood because you are “going backwards”  .  But…. when one comes along that has the performance and carcass this guy has….well….ya gotta give it a try!  All breeding is a puzzle, and though his low percentage is a definitely a hurdle to overcome, he has lot of GREAT pieces that compelled me to put some of his genes in our herd.  He had a great ADG (top in the test), a strong REA and check out that 4.52 IMF….impressive for sure!   In fact, this bull, and a several others like him, (and a couple of heifers) are what caused me to buy back King James(above).  He sired several similar, but this was the standout!  We used him on a few spring 17 heifers.  His birthweights were very low, and the calves appear to have some growth in the early stages.  He will have to hit a very long ball to keep him.    If we sell him…you commercial guys should take notice….this guy’s the real deal!  If he shows up on the “bulls for sale” page, I recommend ya give him some consideration