Best Brahman Bulls for Crossbreeding

June 1, 2020

Brahman cattle are known as “Crossbreeding’s Common Denominator” because Brahman is the most popular breed for crossbreeding. When you infuse Brahman genetics into a Bos taurus breed, like Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, or Red Angus, you can achieve the highest level of hybrid vigor (or heterosis) by crossing two breeds that are highly unrelated. This results in greater performance through more performance, higher weaning weights, more milk production, longer productive life, and more heat tolerance. Crossbreeding with Brahman is a key management program for many ranches in the southern USA and gulf coast. 

When choosing a Brahman bull for crossbreeding, ranchers want to pay careful attention to birth weight, and select for bulls with low birthweight. We consider an actual birthweight of 79 pounds or less to be the industry standard for a benchmark of what is considered low birthweight. 

If you are looking for a Brahman AI sire to use in crossbreeding, here is a list of the best Brahman bulls for crossbreeding with Hereford, Angus, Shorthorn or Red Angus cows. 

If you are breeding a Brahman bull to Brahman females that are grass developed (not show heifers), birthweight is of little concern because the Brahman cow has a built-in mechanism to regulate her calf’s birthweight. 

If you are looking for a Brahman bull to cover your cows naturally, BRC offers high quality Brahman bulls for sale that have it all: low birthweight, good performance, good carcass traits, and good dispositions. And, we back that up by offering the Brahman breed’s only genomic enhanced EPDs on our cattle.

If you have questions about using Brahman bulls in an AI program or need help getting started developing a crossbreeding program, please feel free to browse through our free online learning tools or contact us.

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