what are the pro's and con's of this breed?
Kricket":24sfjf12 said:The Braunvieh females milk well and wean heavy calves, but you probably need to be sure not to get Braunvieh females with too much milk and poor udders. A Braunvieh/Angus cow makes a really nice commercial brood cow.
Braunvieh are known for growing well in the feedlot and their carcasses yield well. The one thing that Braunvieh do, that many other Continental breeds don't do, is that they also grade well. So, when crossed with a Hereford or Angus, you can produce carcasses that have both good yield and grade.
In general Braunvieh cattle are heavy muscled and have plenty of guts.
The negatives of the breed are:
1. there are not many "calving ease" Braunvieh bulls available and Braunvieh birth weights in general are probably a little heavier than some of the other Continental breeds (just my thought but I don't have any research to prove this).
2. the majority of Braunvieh bulls are either horned or heterozygous polled so you will likely get some horned calves when bred to cows with the horn gene unless you can find a homozygous polled Braunvieh bull.
3. probably the reason that Braunvieh haven't gained in popularity with more commercial producers is their color. They have the appearance of a heavy muscled Brown Swiss which hurts their value at the sale barn. However, when bred to black Angus you get a black calves. When bred to red cattle (ie Herefords) Brauvieh sired calves will occasionally have a tiger striped appearance which many buyers also discount.
The good news for the Braunvieh breed is that several breeders are developing black Braunvieh which I think will be well received by commercial producers.
dun":1evoproy said:Of course they look like heavily muscled Brown Swiss, that's what they are.
We bred a bunch of Braunvieh cows to a homozygous polled, homozygous black bull, I think it wa year before last. The folks paid a bunch for the semen but only go two calves out of 10 breedings. One died at birth, the other went to the feedlot.
Turns out, all the hype about him being homozygous didn't account for his rather inferior calf.