Diamond H Herd Sires
When you read this page, you will notice something. Two senior herd sires, selected and purchased because they were proven in the pasture and/or of superior quality. We looked for, and bought superior genetics that fit our long term goals. The remainder (and the majority) of our herds bulls 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. We recently found one in 22E (more on him below). Performance testing proved that he is definitely an outlier! I believe diligence in testing and a consistent breeding program brought him to us. While only time will tell, we are very excited as to his potential to move our program forward!
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 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.
X002 Xerox PB72603
(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 had 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 clean fronted, good feet. Second, they topped most of the sales they were in.
His EPD is in the top 1% of birthweight bulls in our breed. In two years, he has put LOTS of sub 70 pound calves on the ground. He puts depth of flank and spring of rib in his cattle. And, a key component for lots of folks, he cleans up the front. Ranger cattle carry a lot of dew lap. Honestly, that’s ok with me, it serves a purpose in cattle. However, there are a lot of people that want ’em clean fronted. Prior to his life on the Diamond H, he was not necessarily considered a performance bull. However, after having bull calves in two tests, it may be that he is going to prove to be a low birthweight bull that puts power and growth in em as well!
His calves have proved themselves at the bull test, his daughters are proving excellent in the show ring, and he has proven a heifer bull to boot! This is a bull that will add many pieces to the breeding puzzle, that’s for sure!
Mr. James AS50405
A friend told me about James. My research revealed 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 functional, working in the pasture. 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, big butted, big footed bulls.
His daughters are superior. I recently sold a James son to a commercial guy. Now that son’s calves are weaned, I will probably buy him back! Consistently thick, and deep calves!
I sold James to a good friend who is a Braunvieh breeder near San Antonio. Jameslived his twilight years, doing what he loved, producing great calves. He is buried under what became his favorite oak tree, something he was not used to here in Childress County!
We have both conventional and sexed semen available on James.
Then once in a while you get a really good one…this one is called, aptly, KING James! His detail is in his Bio down the page….we did not raise this one, but when his sons went to test, we saw his value and bought him back from a customer….He has developed into one hoss of a bull! This is a picture of “KJ” as I call him, as a long yearling. His picture and Bio is farther down the page.
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 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, near 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. His genetics available to the public, via conventional semen for sale.
ZA 77 “DHR BEEFMAKER” PB 82446 BW 82 Adj WW 714 Adj YW 1237
Test Results ADG 3.27 (ratio ) REA 15.37 (115) IMF 4.14 (101) BF .23 (109)
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 ratioed 1.27 in REA and had a 4.08 IMF. We first bred him to the spring 2014 heifers and several cows. No birthing problems, good birthweights. His calves are consistently among the top wean weights….this guy is the real deal. And although he sports a limp from sparring with his pasture mates, he is still getting the job done. He is breeding a group of heifers as I write this post. We have his semen available at only $15 a straw.
Y47 “A Bit of Quinto” PB76603 BW 74 Adj WW 626 Adj YW 1180
REA 14.94 IMF 3.82 BF .24 ADG 4.27
Y47 comes out of a dam that is part of a top cow family on the Diamond H. If you have visited here you met “011T-Bitsy”, you can’t miss her, she won’t let you! She is a black, polled Ranger11R daughter. This bull was AI sired by Quinto a well known full blood bull out of England. This bull was in the last group tested locally. And though the results are reliable, we did not have the resources to test RFI nor ratio the group. Y47 had the top ADG of nearly 30 tested. He has some great girls in our herd, including the dam of our newest sire 22E. He also had one two many pushing matches and got crippled. He gave his all to the ranch fall of 2018….great hamburger!
21Y “Andrew” PB 79266 BW 78 Adj WW 630 (119) Adj YW 1155
REA 12.85 IMF 1.98 BF .29 ADG 4.44 RFI -.38
This bull has quite a history. He was bought by the father of the man that ran the bull test in Navasota. The test manager had seen three sets of Braunvieh bulls go through the test and told his dad he should buy one. Andrew was bought and put to work as a 16 month old. Reader’s Digest version….he bred 29 of 32 cows in 30 days! Click here for the entire, interesting Braunvieh story (from a Diamond H friend, Tony Dean). Anyway, when the owner had need to change bulls, he called and said he could not find a buyer and asked if I knew anyone that might be interested. When I sold Andrew, his dam was a very young cow, Ranger11r was young, and unproven. Much had changed in the following years. So for the first, (and one of only two) time I have ever bought a bull back, we put Andrew back in the herd. I always say breeding is a puzzle, one bull seldom does it all. Andrew has definite weakness’ in the carcass department…but….he gains big, and does it efficiently. AND he is homozygous black to boot (yes I know he is not black…he, like many Braunvieh carries a diluter gene….that is too much to write, but call and ask and I’ll explain it to you that don’t understand)! So, breaking protocol, I took a substantial risk and bought back a bull that was bred 6 years earlier. It has paid off. He has brought several great calves to the ranch including our new potential star….22E! He is growing towards the end of his career, but I have little doubt his influence through 22E (and others) will impact our herd for years to come!
31W “Zorro” BC93069 BW 81 Adj WW 740 Adj YW 1209
Well, until the recently, I have never bought back a bull that we had sold. The reason is simple….a successful breeding program should be moving forward, at as rapid a pace as possible. Current genetics should be superior to past. Well, there have been two recent exceptions and 31W is one of those. He was bred in 2009, out of a cow whom is granddam of our Y47 sire (yes a very good cow family). I intended to flush her, but she was taken early by a blood borne infection. SO…..he was sold in the formative years of our program, before we tested. As a young bull, he certainly looked the part, but looks can be deceiving. When our customer made the offer, the genetics he offfered were interesting, but I simply could not be certain based on the picture. I decided to take what was a small financial risk, and based on his first calf crop….a good one! As you can see, we have no testing information, but he certainly has impressive growth numbers, and his phenotype is typical Ranger11r…..wide top, huge butt, and solid stance. We hope to get another calf crop next spring, and while it may be his last, the opportunity to put his dam’s (507R) genetics into the herd at this point. Even at 8 years old….31W has lots to offer our program, and I’m pleased to put a good dose of 507R into the herd!!
Y34 “DHR Cha-Cha” PB 76599
Y34 was chosen for several reasons. First, performance. He had a 4.37 ADG, a 1.52 REA/CWT, and a 3.42 IMF. He is tested Homozygous Black, and his coat is getting pretty much “Angus Black” . His own birthweight was 64 pounds, and he was the first calf for a cow that has not had an offspring over 67 pounds. He is certainly a smaller framed bull, but currently weighs 2030. He definitely has the power and phenotype that I am looking for. He produces thick fancy calves that perform. He was sold to a customer that works closely with us on genetics. He is listed on this page because of his strong genetic influence on our herd.
Diamond H Braunvieh Herd sires in Proving
I often say that the cow calf business is long term…any decision takes 5 years to prove or disprove. Selection of a herd sire is perhaps the most important, the most critical. THAT is why we use testing as a means of acquiring information that can take some of that uncertainty away. As a result of such testing, we have found two young bulls, who appear to have great potential in their respective areas of service.
I learned long ago to not use a picture that is inferior. Pictures can brand the animals potential and thus it’s future in the eyes of the public. SO….as I have been unable to get a decent picture of either bull, I will share the information that makes us know these fellas have the potential to move our program forward….and when we have pictures of these beauties, I will share them! In the meantime, Karra and I are excited to share our new finds…..
22E DHR Peterbilt BC 94113