Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

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Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by BeefEater123 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:03 pm

Hey everyone. I’m thinking about crossing some braford f1 females with a brangus or simangus (3/8 & 5/8) bull. I’m running a cow calf operation and will be selling at the sale barn and retaining my best heifers. Just wondering if anyone has done this before, and what the cross looks like.

I’m in Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama, and I’m talking about



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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by 5S Cattle » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:43 pm

We call em super baldies. Good mommas, but you’re not going to bring as much on your steers.

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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by Son of Butch » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:21 am

Crossing f1 females with a purebred bull for terminal market is the proven gold standard.
If you want to reinvent the wheel, have at it. But I'd stick with the tried and true 3 way cross.

Super Baldies is a really cool name... great for marketing for sure.
But for performance I'd take a true f1 over a 4 way crossbred female with a cool name.

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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by callmefence » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:06 am

They can make some fine cattle. I've got a group where we are doing it Chinese. F1 Bradford bull on brangus, beefmaster and herford cows
The first pic is a similar group with a charlois bull. I'm starting to think instead of spending a couple years trying to reinvent the wheel. Just run char bulls on everything.

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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by cbcr » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:50 am

We have heard of more breeders interested in crossing Braford and Brangus. One reason is that many like the 5/8 x 3/8 combination. So by crossing these 2 breeds 5/8 English will be retained and the 3/8 Brahman. Should get a little boost in heterosis because of the Hereford part and Angus part, but not quite as much by using a 3rd breed.

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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by Son of Butch » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:07 am

callmefence wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:06 am
The first pic is a similar group with a charlois bull.
I'm starting to think instead of spending a couple years trying to reinvent the wheel.
Just run char bulls on everything.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Yqyh5GUUjcJSUEgUA
Nice calves... as long as you can get past color objections.

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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by CentralFLAngus » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:19 am

Son of Butch wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:07 am
callmefence wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:06 am
The first pic is a similar group with a charlois bull.
I'm starting to think instead of spending a couple years trying to reinvent the wheel.
Just run char bulls on everything.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Yqyh5GUUjcJSUEgUA
Nice calves... as long as you can get past color objections.
I agree. Stuff like that would get discounted down here in Central Florida. Personally I like the terminal breeding of Charolais and I bought myself a couple this year to cross with my angus bull.

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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by BeefEater123 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:21 pm

Thanks for the responses. Why do you think the steers and bulls calves will be discounted? I know color doesn’t mean much in production, but anything that isn’t black seems to get knocked at the sale. That’s why I was considering the brangus or simangus to get the black color and maybe add a little size with the simangus in particular. I was just thinking the four way cross might give a better heterosis.

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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by ALACOWMAN » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:16 pm

BeefEater123 wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:21 pm
Thanks for the responses. Why do you think the steers and bulls calves will be discounted? I know color doesn’t mean much in production, but anything that isn’t black seems to get knocked at the sale. That’s why I was considering the brangus or simangus to get the black color and maybe add a little size with the simangus in particular. I was just thinking the four way cross might give a better heterosis.
you won't get a better, heterosis stacking on more breeds..don't work that way..like the Braford F1..two separate breeds that work well together"" complement each other""... the females are the ones that makes the commercial man the money..cover those with a different terminal type bull...to get the bang of the heterosis..it's hard to beat the F1. Momma..but she's built for one purpose..the tried and true, 3 breed rotation..after that, you start producing inconsistent mongrels. Are go into a breed regression mode..which will lose you all the benefits..
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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by Brute 23 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:21 pm

Are you running more than one bull on the herd?

I would not cross Brangus over Braford for replacements or terminal calves. Your kind of in purgatory between terminal calves and F1 replacements IMO. I'm a fan of a good Black Angus bull over F1 Braford cows. The black mott bulls and heifers sell good. Not sure if those 1/4 ear replacements will work for you but if not sell them and buy back F1s. You can also go Char. They will raise some big calves with the F1s and should sell good.

You might think about throwing a few pure blood Brahman cows in with your herd so you can get a few F1s every year out of a pure blood bull?
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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by f1tiger » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:45 pm

I always assumed the super baldies were brangus x hereford or vice versa: that being said my neighbor buys all my Bradford f1 that I do not take to special sales and breeds them to angus : he runs around 650 fi cows so it must be a good cross

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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by Brute 23 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:33 pm

When people talk about Super Baldies here it's usually an F1 Brangus bred to a straight Hereford or F1 Braford bred to a straight Angus Bull. They are only 1/4 Brahman.

I think the term gets thrown around a lot though for marketing.
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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by BeefEater123 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:40 pm

Right now I’m running a pure blood low birthweight Angus bull over Brangus heifers for their first calves, and another Angus bull and a Brangus bull over two separate Brangus mommas for ultra black bulls, feeders, and replacements. Had a lot of people asking about f1 Braford mommas and I’m looking to buy a few Brahman mommas and breed to a Hereford bull to sell as replacements. I was just curious about how the Brangus and Braford cross might turn out.

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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by ALACOWMAN » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:45 pm

just assuming that the momas were purebred Braford on these heifers and not F1s. ""Wording means a lot"" .they are pretty much what you'd be looking at...I could live with some like these myself..https://www.cattlerange.com/listings/wh ... s-east-tx/
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Re: Anyone Crossing Brangus and Braford?

Post by BeefEater123 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:37 pm

Thanks ALACOWMAN,

Those look mighty nice to me. In your last post are you saying those from the cattle range are or are not F1, and which would you prefer/recommend.

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