: : : I have an Angus heifer, I want to get her bred to<br>: : : a low birth weight bull for her first time. I have<br>: : : a friend who raises Braunveighs, how good of a cross<br>: : : would that be, I've also heard that Braunveighs <br>: : : produce low birth weight calves.<p>: : If you have just one heifer (or even more than one), you may want to consider A.I. There are lots of "heifer" bulls available (at least for angus, that I am most familiar with). I have read good things about Braunveighs, primarily through advertisements though, but have not raised them myself. I'm not 100% positive, but I believe that Braunveigh bulls tend to produce calves the color of the cow, which would keep you black (around here that is a plus at the market). If we were to start a commerial herd this is one of the crosses we were considering researching, so I'm also interested if anyone has tried this too. I think some of the BV breeders here in MO are breeding black BV bulls for the market - I'm not sure, but they may be this F1 hybrid you are considering.<p>: : Any particular reason you aren't considering sticking with angus? Angus have the most extensive records of any breed. Yes, we raise them. There are many highly accurate angus bulls on the market that are considered calving ease, but do not compromise growth & other traits. So, I'm partial and would recommend sticking with angus. Good Luck.<p>: The reason I am considering a Braunveigh is that it would be an easy deal and would not probably cost too much. I love Angus and will breed with Angus from then on after.<p>Cost is an important factor. Your friend could probably tell you about the Braunveighs. I would guess that they also have a website and you may find some more answers there. Best Wishes.