Page 107

Working Ranck - June/July 2017

RIGHT U.S. Meat Animal Research Center data shows that Braunvieh females tend to mature early, are extremely fertile, and possess longevity (93% of Braunvieh cross females were pregnant at 550 days, several percentage points higher than the British crosses and several of the other Continental crosses). BRINK FAMILY BRINK FAMILY other Continental cross females. In addition, MARC research showed that Braunvieh females tend to mature early, are extremely fertile, and possess longevity. In MARC research, 93% of Braunvieh cross females were pregnant at 550 days, several percentage points higher than the British crosses and several of the other Continental crosses. NEEDS SOME CLARIFICATION For a breed that has been around so long, and is so well respected around the world, there sure are a lot of misconceptions about the Braunvieh. Contrary to some assumptions, Braunvieh cattle are in fact not crossbreeds or composite cattle at all. Braunvieh are a stand-alone breed that have been raised in Switzerland since at least the 1600s, though there is some archeological evidence that suggests the cattle have been around since 800 B.C. Braunvieh are also not to be confused with Brown Swiss cattle. In the late 1800s, a crop of Braunvieh cattle were imported to the United States and were selected for their milk production. Over several generations, they became an independent dairy breed known as the American Brown Swiss. The Braunvieh infl uence is very popular in the feedlot, but it’s the females that often turn the most heads. Dwight Alexander, President of the BAA, operates a cow-calf operation 70 miles east of Dallas, Texas. Like the Brinks, Alexander appreciates the maternal qualities of Braunvieh, among other attributes. “The Braunvieh have a good temperament, and are great mothers with plenty of good quality milk that produces great offspring,” says Alexander. “They make the greatest cross for an F1 JUNE / JULY 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 107


Working Ranck - June/July 2017
To see the actual publication please follow the link above