These cattle are some of the "Bonebreak" Braford's from Salem, MO. They are a Brahman/ Hereford (Braford) cross, and are fabulous mothers. They really put the pounds on their calves while staying in good condition themselves, are very protective of the babies, and have good udders, this is definatly a trait they pass on to their heifers also.
Many years of breeding went into these cows, and bred to Angus or black Limousin bulls they produce awesome Black Blaldie calves, a few still have dominant red genes and throw red baldies, but they all grow wonderfully.
Our future goal with these cattle was to use only Homozygous Black bulls on them. As far as the Heifers that we keep off of them, we are breeding them to Angus Bulls for thier first calves, then we plan to breed them to Limousin bulls.As you can see from some of the pictures below, these girls do look a bit on the wild side, but for the most part they are very mild tempered.
These three pictures, are of 40W. We were lucky enough to get a before
calving, when the calf was a week old, and about a month before we weaned
her. We should have more pictures of this calf as she is one of the heifers
we kept in 2002.
The steer calf on the left eventually did turn black.The heifer on the right, well she was a keeper also.
< Here is a good example of the quality of calves that these cows raise.
On the right is 65W, in the center, surrounded by her "buddies". >
Here is the 55W cow and her steer calf, showing how they can raise a baby and still remain in good shape themselves.
This picture shows just how friendly the babies are...
this heifer is another you will see pictures of in the future.
This shows you what happens if they are bred to a Charolais...This little girl already has the makings of a keeper, and is named "Spice". :0)