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Biermann Ranch Registered Hereford Cattle
American Black Hereford Sire
Our Black Herd Sire is from J&N Ranch the birthplace of the American Black Hereford.
JN Balder A612 is a homozygous black Hereford bull. He is put onto our awesome Damns and we produce purebred registered black Hereford calves. By using a homozygous black Hereford bull we have eliminated red baldie calves! They will make great show calves or replacement heifers/bulls for your ranch!
American Red Hereford
We combine this with the progressive genetics of our Dams which have been chosen because they come from very good old bloodlines such as Domino and Victor on their sire and on their maternal dam’s side as well as new progressive genetics such as Hard Rock and Embracer and have great genes to create the best herd. They have great pigmentation in their dark red hair and good markings; they have dark pigmentation around their eyes to prevent pink eye and they truly look like your picturesque Hereford cattle. They grow fast on pasture and do not require as much feed as crossbreeds whether its grazing, hay or supplemental as they bone structure is much smaller in stature.
The Biermann Ranch raises Registered Polled Red and Black Herefords from great genetics. We sell our cattle from the ranch to the buyer directly under private treaty. We have raised a mixed commercial herd for the past 50 years but have now transitioned into producing strictly Registered Hereford Cattle. Using proven and progressive genetics we produce some great cattle. Our cows calve easy, have great utters and feet; calves grow quickly, are very docile, and have great pigmentation. They are very gentle and spend the majority of their life in the pasture grazing on native grasses, coastal and Bermuda. They are sired by our Black Hereford Bull who throws high growth and weaning weights but below average birth weights allowing for profitability and less worry during calving season and our Red Hereford Bull who is a great heifer bull due to his young nature and low birth EPD'S. Our Black Hereford bull is Homozygous Black allowing for black hide calves so that you get the best of both worlds from the angus and Hereford bloodlines.
We do supplement feed to keep our cattle tame and some would say spoiled but they are not overfed. We try to keep our cattle as natural as possible. We do this bi-weekly in small amounts to support good growth and nutrition. To our adult cows and bull we feed a 20% cattle cube. To our young calves starting at about 4 months we feed a calf starter. Once our cattle reach 6-8 months we wean them and feed a show heifer grower to our heifers and beef grower to our bulls as well as 20% cattle cubes mixed in. All of this is in addition to grazing the pasture every day, milk from their mothers for calves and/or eating hay during winter months when grazing is low. Year round we stock 30% cattle lick tubs, trace mineral and sulfur blocks on the ranch. These cattle tubs help prevent health issues such as worms and other ailments that come with malnutrition. They are sprayed for flies once a month during hot months to help keep them healthy.
Our cattle are very gentle and most can be scratched on the back and hand feed, due to having a smaller number in our herd they are treated more like pets than cattle resulting in an outstanding quality animal! They make great show cattle and have great genes for breeding.
Heterozygous or Homozygous
All of our new calves are tested to see if they are homozygous or heterozygous so that we can ensure the bulls you buy are homozygous black.
F1- Black Baldy’s for Commercial Cattlemen
By using homozygous Black Hereford Bulls you can eliminate red baldie calves! Crossbreed cattle are typically more efficient, live longer and are therefore more productive cattle. Hereford bulls are used in cross breeding for numerous reasons, there very docile, throw smaller calves than other breeds and have easier calving than other breeds. Black Herefords on Angus cows throw black baldy’s which is the most sought after commercial cattle in the industry!
Origin and Growth of Polled Herefords
“Polled Herefords represent the development of an idea - an idea spawned in the minds of a small number of Midwestern Hereford breeders in the late 1890s who realized that it was both possible and practical to develop "modern Herefords minus horns." These breeders were motivated by the promising prospect of developing Herefords with outstanding beef-producing characteristics, but with the added desirable trait of being naturally hornless. They planted the seed from which grew a new giant in the American and world beef cattle industry The Polled Hereford of today is the result - a modern, practical breed of cattle that has experienced widespread acceptance and desirability. Polled Herefords were developed from the horned Hereford breed which was founded in the mid-18th century by the farmers of Hereford County, England. Among the horned Herefords an occasional calf would be born which did not develop horns. This change from parents' characteristics is known as a "mutation." These cattle soon came to be called "polled," which means naturally hornless.Warren Gammon, a young Iowa Hereford breeder from Des Moines, originated Polled Herefords. He seized upon the idea of producing the hornless cattle after seeing some on exhibition at the Trans-Mississippi World Fair in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1898.
Three years later, Gammon established the Polled Hereford breed registry with 11 head of naturally hornless whiteface cattle he had located and purchased. These Herefords were registered in the American Hereford Association, but were not identified as to their polled characteristic. Therefore, Gammon formed the American Polled Hereford Cattle Club to maintain a separate record of purebred Polled Hereford registrations. Thus, in 1901, the Polled Hereford breed came into being with 11 registrations on record. In 1907, the pioneer breeders of Polled Herefords incorporated their organization, with headquarters in the Gammon home in Des Moines. Gammon served as executive secretary until 1921. Today the Polled Hereford registry is combined with the American Hereford Association.”
- American Hereford Association
Origin and Growth of American Black Herefords
“The American Black Hereford Association was officially organized in 1994 by the late John Gage as a not-for-profit corporation. The purpose of the breed, according to its founder, was to eliminate red-baldie calves in a Hereford / Angus cross breeding program. In the past, black-baldie calves have topped the market at sale barns while red-baldies of the same cow herd are culled off and sold at a discount. The benefit of using Black Herefords is to obtain Hereford heterosis without the financial disadvantage of Hereford discounts.
In 1997, the first registered Black Hereford bull was born on Gage's Blue Jacket Farm near Eudora, Kansas. The bull was named BJH Balder 7504 and carried the Black Hereford registry number HB000001. Before forming the Black Hereford organization, John Gage was a polled Hereford breeder. It was his belief that balanced EPDs were important and he carried this belief to the Black Hereford breed he created by insisting that only the highest rated Hereford bulls could be used. Black Hereford EPDs were first calculated in 2005; with the 2013 analysis of performance data, this first Black Hereford bull, BJH Balder 7504, had the following EPDs:
BW: 1.6 WW: 55 YW: 86 Milk: 10 M+G: 37
This first bull and his progeny have served the new breed well by providing outstanding growth, low birth and moderate milk. When John Gage became ill in 1998, Joe and Norma Hoagland, J&N Ranch, Leavenworth, Kansas purchased most of Gage's cattle and received the corporation papers on the American Black Hereford Association. They used the cows and bulls in their commercial herd for a few years and noticed that they didn't get any red-baldies. It was at this point that the Hoagland's dispersed their registered Hereford and Angus cowherds and started raising Black Herefords. Interest in Black Herefords increased. In 2005, the ABHA consisted of 14 breeders in nine states. Today, mid 2014, there are 145 adult members and 15 junior members from 31states. The primary purpose of the American Black Hereford Association is to register and transfer Black Hereford seedstock as well as maintain records of pedigrees and performance in the Black Hereford herdbook. The ABHA promotes the Black Hereford breed and produces promotional materials for the association as well as member breeders as a service to the ABHA membership. Herefords have always been known for their docile temperament and feed efficiency. Angus have always been known for lighter birth weights, good growth and outstanding carcasses. The combination of these two breeds produces an outstanding animal with the benefit of the black color - "the color you can count on"! “
- American Black Hereford Association
Vaccinations and Deworming
At the Biermann Ranch we try to keep our cattle as natural as possible without putting the health of the animal or buyer in danger so we try and stay away from all medicated feeds if possible. We believe in allowing the cattle to find the balance of being worm resistant instead of solely dependent on being drenched every 4 months. We have never had a problem with worms on our ranch due to the protein tubs that stay out regularly and supplemental feeding that is done year round. Their diet is higher in protein than 90% of cattle and therefore their immune system is stronger due to less stress. Once our cattle are past 18 Months we only drench on a case basis when needed.
Vaccinations are given to adult cattle once annually and include: 20/20 Vision 7 with Spur Cattle Vaccine, MultiMin 90, and B Complex Plus.
Calves and Heifers
All Bull Calves and Heifer Calves are drenched for worms. Calves are drenched at weaning (6-8 Months) and Heifers/Bulls again at 12 months, and 18 months old.
Vaccinations are given to calves (3 months or younger) and include: 20/20 Vision 7 with Spur Cattle Vaccine, Vira Shield 6 + VL5 Cattle Vaccine, and MultiMin 90.
Vaccinations are given to Bulls at weaning (6-8 months) and again at (18-20 Months) and include: Vira Shield 6 + VL5 Cattle Vaccine, 20/20 Vision 7 with Spur Cattle Vaccine, and MultiMin 90.
Vaccinations are given to Heifers at weaning (6-8 months) and again at (18-20 Months) and include: Brucella Abortus RB 51 Bangs Vaccine, Vira Shield 6 + VL5 Cattle Vaccine, 20/20 Vision 7 with Spur Cattle Vaccine, and MultiMin 90.