Making Money in the Cattle Business: Real Talk from a Real Ranch

By Rachel Cutrer Ever scroll through social media and get hit with those glamorous posts about someone’s stellar cattle business? Winning shows, selling top-notch cattle, but then, bam! Behind the scenes, in reality, what you may not see is the real day to day that goes into making a profit in the cattle business. It’s a reality check that hits …

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The Vision for the Future: We Have One. Do You?

By Rachel Cutrer Around a decade ago, Brandon and I found ourselves on a quest to acquire a bull for our Brahman herd. We visited different ranches, looked at bulls at the shows, and since we were young breeders about to spend the money we’d been saving for nearly 2 years, we were excited.  As we often say, “we had …

Brahman Bull Semen: What Determines The Value of a Straw from a Bull?

Recently, our Brahman Education Group on Facebook raised a question: What influences the price of Brahman bull semen in the USA and internationally? The price of Brahman bull semen varies due to several factors. Ranchers, breeders, and enthusiasts often wonder about the driving forces behind these fluctuations. This topic sparks extensive discussions in the breed community. In this blog post, …

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BRC Ranch Sets Bold Precedent with Pioneering Carbon Assessment of High Marbling Brahman Cattle Production

Advancing Beef Cattle Excellence through Climate Smart Ranching Boling, Texas, August 27, 2023 – BRC Ranch, a visionary leader in the cattle industry, has taken a groundbreaking stride towards sustainable and innovative cattle production with the completion of its inaugural carbon assessment. In a remarkable display of leadership, BRC Ranch reaffirms its commitment to sustainable ranching practices and environmental stewardship. …

Brahman Days 2023 Schedule of Events

Brahman Days is a hands on, detailed workshop that will discuss modern tools in raising Brahman cattle.  You’ll leave the workshop with new ideas for improving the functionality of your cow herd, the marketing options for your ranch, and able to develop a long term sustainable Brahman herd for the future. What you’ll learn: Friday, October 20, 2023 10:30 AM – …

Brahman Days Registration Now Open…and it’s FREE in 2023!

Elevate Your Ranching Potential at Brahman Days 2023! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, this year, for the first time ever, the prestigious Brahman Days Workshop is offered complimentary to the first 150 participants to register. Date: Friday, October 20, 2023Location: Boling Community Center and BRC Ranch, Boling, Texas Get ready for an immersive experience like no other at …

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2023 All American Facts and Figures / Analysis

Texarkana, Arkansas – After each major Brahman show, breed enthusiasts eagerly await the unveiling of the results. Here at BRC, we are data fanatics and we enjoy perusing through the data and analyzing the genetic trends of the cattle that rose to the top. For the second consecutive year, BRC bloodlines were the most successful bloodline at the 2023 AJBA …

How to read codes on USA Semen Straws from Brushy Creek

With the abundance of semen we are shipping worldwide on BRC sires, we have had some questions from international customers in new markets that have asked what the codes printed on a semen straw mean. Here is a explanation of what the codes mean on semen straws collected from Brushy Creek Custom Sires. The cane code of the bull will …

How to Make F-1 Brahman Cattle

by Rachel Cutrer Every day, we talk with ranchers in the gulf coast about how to get started with breeding an F-1 Brahman herd, and breeding F-1 Brahman cattle in a crossbreeding program. If you are ranching in the gulf coast, this is the best type of crossbreeding system to utilize your land, cattle, and resources in the gulf coast …

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Brahman Gestation Table

Brahman cattle have a longer gestation length compared to Bos taurus cattle. A Brahman’s gestation length is 291 days. We’ve developed this 291 day gestation table so you can easily compare the date your Brahman was bred to when it’s due to give birth. It’s the perfect size to hang up in your ranch office, barn, or fold up to …

Marketing Support

Benefit from marketing support through Brahman Country Genetics and Ranch House Designs to increase awareness of your cattle ranch.  Once your herd is established with exceptional cattle, the next step is to get the word about your business.  Having gotten her start promoting her grandfather’s ranch in the early days of the internet, Rachel Cutrer has been the leader in …

Houston Brahman Judging Team Workout

It’s a Houston Tradition! For over 20 years, we have worked with thousands of college livestock judging team members to learn about Brahman cattle and give a memorable trip experience in the gulf coast. We invite any collegiate judging teams to visit BRC during their preparations for the Houston Livestock Judging Class. This is a great time to learn about …

23 Tips for Seedstock Breeders for a Great 2023

1. Start each day with gratitudeFocus on your blessings and the things you are thankful for.  2. Seek success for all seedstock breeders.A rising tide lifts all boats. If you can do something to promote the beef industry, everyone can benefit.  3. Focus on relationships.Get to know people within your breed and outside your breed. There are some amazing people …

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Half-Interest and Partnership Female Questions

Partnerships in high-profile cattle are often very common, since sellers often wish to retain a partial interest in their best females. But, partnerships can be tricky, so we have put together this informational blog to list some of the common questions and ways that we handle partnerships at BRC. Each ranch does it different. This is just the way we …

How to Make 1/4 Brahman Cattle

by Rachel Cutrer With the planet getting hotter, it just makes sense to have some level of Brahman blood in your cow herd to add the boost of heat tolerance needed for climate smart ranching. But, ranchers still get paid a premium for Choice and Prime, so carcass quality is very important. With BRC, you can achieve both. We’ve spent …

Cattle Show Barn Design

When people visit BRC Ranch they always ask about the design of our cattle show barn. Unfortunately we didn’t have like “official” architectural plans but we get asked about it enough that we tried to put this show barn plan together so others could use it as a basis of their barn. Our barn layout was designed by Harley Wade …

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The Way A Brahman Should Look

By Keaton Dodd Seasoned Brahman breeders talk a lot about breed character. But, if you’re new in the breed, you probably have no idea what this means. What should a Brahman look like? Should the hump be big or small? What’s the best color for a Brahman? Does the heat shape matter? Ear shape matter? These are all common questions. …

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Marbling in Brahman Cattle

By Kaylee Smith, BRC Intern When talking beef quality, marbling is one of the first terms that comes up. Intramuscular fat, popularly referred to as marbling, has been given major emphasis within the various beef grading systems in the projection of raw beef characteristics, to eating satisfaction in the cooked meat. Marbling is deposited within the muscle in a loose …

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Famous Brahman Bull Names Database

Choosing a name for your Brahman bull can be a challenge! Everyone has different ideas and you want a name that will make your bull stand out. But, also, you don’t want to take a name that someone else is already using or has used in the past. When it comes to choosing Brahman bull names using pop culture items …

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Things You Didn’t Know About Brahman Beef: Hump Height

by Kaylee Smith, Intern When you look at a Brahman, the first thing you may notice is the hump and large ears, the two main characteristics Brahman cattle are known for. What you might not know, is the significance that hump height has on Brahman cattle.  Selection for hump height can produce larger correlated responses on other traits. Many of …

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Observing and Avoiding Defects in Brahman Cattle

By Keaton Dodd When a customer comes to your ranch looking for seedstock, as a producer we have a responsibility to supply them with an animal that functions and performs the task expected of that individual depending on gender. A breeding bull should have the ability to travel and cover open cows for multiple seasons of service, and as for …

April Webinar: Defects in Brahman Cattle

Recently we heard a cattle expert say “Brahman people really know pedigrees. But Brahman people really DON’T know CATTLE.”  How sad but true. Anyone can study a pedigree, or anyone can compare EPDs. But, very few people have the knowledge and skill to understand visual evaluation. And, that’s where a lot of people get screwed. Or, completely wreck a breeding …

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The Making of Legends: What is a Vanguard Brahman?

by Keaton Dodd The American Brahman’s Greatest Award Have you ever wondered why there is a $ sign in front of your favorite cow, or a (+) symbol in front of the names of some of the breed’s most influential sires? Beginning in the late 70’s, Vanguard has been a distinction given to Brahman bulls and cows who have met …

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The Basics of Judging Brahman Cattle

Historically, the way value was solely determined in judging Brahman cattle was based on two features: Pedigree and Phenotype. The first half of that equation is nothing new for most. Using sire and dam to help determine the value of an animal has been done since the beginning of mating registered seedstock. The other part may need just a little …

BR Cutrer Inc. Announces Public Genomic EPD Program

After years of development with Zoetis, BR Cutrer Inc. is proud to announce a program offering genomic-enhanced Estimated Progeny Differences data (EPDs) to the Brahman industry through the Brahman Country Genetic Evaluation.  This program, which is the first of its kind in the Brahman breed, is tailored to Bos Indicus genes, providing vital information on virgin bulls and females, as …

History of Brahman Bloodlines

Here are BRC, we’re just as passionate about Brahman history as we are Brahman future! Keaton Dodd, Director of Genetics, put together this great Brahman history presentation outlining the major bloodlines of Brahman cattle. Watch this hour-long video where Keaton travels decade-by-decade to review some of the most influential Brahman cows and Brahman bulls of Brahman history. Enjoy!

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Stocking Your Dream Ranch

By Keaton Dodd You bought a ranch… Now what? Time to stock your cattle ranch! Whether it’s been your lifelong dream, or just looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, investing in property in the form of a ranch has certainly become more popular in recent years. And, now that you’ve purchased land, you’ll want …

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Partnership Bull FAQs

Here at BRC, our brand is our bond. And, we value integrity and transparency as two of our most core principles. We put together this post to help answer some FAQs about how partnerships can work when owning bulls. Through our many years in the cattle business – as both buyers and sellers – we’ve seen some great partnerships, and …

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What Is A Contemporary Group in Cattle?

by Keaton Dodd We talk a lot about EPD’s as a tool for progressive seedstock outfits trying to make improvements in their cattle’s performance. But, if you use EPDs, you want them to be accurate. There are multiple ways to improve confidence in an EPD like turning in weights, ultrasounding cattle, and keeping up with progeny records. But, classifying contemporary …

Understanding EPDs in Cattle

Understanding EPDs in Brahman Cattle

By Keaton Dodd Breeding cattle is a great challenge. For every improvement you attempt to make, it seems like there is a negative that comes along with it. Many people, including myself, are strong advocates for selecting cattle based on phenotype (meaning the way animal’s look), and that is certainly something that will never go away. But what if I …

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Bonsma Basics

By Keaton Dodd Many fellow cattle producers are aware of the incredible work performed by Dr. Jan Bonsma and its impact on the beef cattle industry long term. For those who may be new to the business or are just not as familiar with him or his work, his blog can help lay out some of his basic selection pressures …

2021 Brahman Days Workshop Information Page

Brahman Days Workshop Friday, October 15, 2021Boling Community Center, Boling, Texas Forget “Take On Me” – it’s time to “Take on Brahmans” at the 2021 Brahman Days Workshop! If you’re wondering why all the neon colors, it’s because this year’s headlining band is the amazing Spazmatics, a wildly popular 80s cover band that will have everyone out of their seats …

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BRC Hosts The Brahman Foundation Leadership Camp

July 2021 – Boling, Texas B.R. Cutrer, Inc. was proud to be one of the official ranch hosts for the 2021 Brahman Foundation Leadership Camp. This camp is an educational outreach effort of The Brahman Foundation, which established in 2015 as a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to the future of the Brahman breed. TBF hosts several activities per yeardesigned …

Foot Scoring in Cattle

Foot Scoring in Brahman Cattle

“How are his feet?”  If you are marketing Brahman seedstock, chances are that is a question you have encountered on multiple occasions. In recent times, there has been much more attention placed on improving foot quality to increase longevity in herd, and for good reason… cattle cost way too much to develop to not receive a full productive life. The …

How to start an F-1 Herd

How To Make F-1 Cattle

Every day, we talk with ranchers in the gulf coast about how to get started with breeding an F1 herd, and using Brahman cattle in that F1 program. If you are ranching in the gulf coast, this is the best type of crossbreeding system to utilize your land, cattle, and resources in the gulf coast environment. Here are the main …

BRC Brahman Ranch FAQs

With the tremendous success of BRC Ranch in the last decade, many Brahman breeders and ranchers worldwide have questions about our ranch. Here are some of the common questions we get at BRC. Who owns BRC Ranch? BRC Ranch (B.R. Cutrer, Inc.) is owned jointly by the husband and wife team of Brandon Cutrer and Rachel Cutrer. What does BRC …

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9 Things to Consider Before Buying Cattle

Anyone who’s bought cattle from BRC knows that honesty and transparency is a big part of our sales process here at the ranch. In fact, lots of times we’ll tell prospective customers what’s WRONG with the cattle before we talk about what we like. But, sadly, often we get a calls from breeders in some sort of pickle in the …

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How much Brahman blood do you need to capitalize on heat tolerance?

And why BRC should be your choice for buying Brahman bulls. Texas A&M University’s Beef Cattle Browsing newsletter for May 2021 published a research article about the “Effect of Percent Brahman on Heat Tolerance and Grazing Behavior.” This research seems to address the question of “How much Brahman blood is truly needed to capture the benefits of heat tolerance? This …

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Judging Team Workouts at BRC

In the spirit of BRC’s commitment to education, we are honored to serve as host to numerous intercollegiate and high school livestock judging teams who want to learn about Brahman cattle. This spring, we were host to hundreds of collegiate livestock judging teams from Oklahoma all the way to North Dakota, as they travelled to Texas for the Houston Livestock …

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BRC April Webinar: Gulf Coast Ranching for Success

Do you ranch along the Gulf Coast? Or, perhaps you own land in the gulf coast, and know you need to make the best use of it, but don’t know where to start. Ranching in the gulf coast presents it’s own set of challenges and opportunities. In this free webinar, we will discuss the management and breeding decisions that can …

Brahman Udder Quality

Teat and Udder Scoring

By Keaton Dodd Anybody with long term experience in the cattle business has experienced the detrimental effects of poor udder quality. Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to get a newborn Brahman calf nursing and battling oversized teats or poor udder suspension. Mother nature has made it challenging enough to get a calf born, up, and nursing without having …

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Brahman Cattle Features

It’s easy to spot Brahman cattle based on their features. The Brahman’s main feature that distinguishes it from other breeds is the very prominent hump on it’s back. Second, Brahman have longer ears than most other breeds. The third Brahman cattle features are that they have a shorter hair coat, and release an oily substance to help repel insects. Brahman …

The Buyers Checklist

How many times have you heard a horror story from a fellow cattle producer who got messed around in a bad cattle deal? Sadly, not all livestock sellers are honest in their dealings – especially when they are selling to a new cattle enthusiast who may not have as much experience in buying and may not know what questions to …

History of Brahman Pedigrees Online Webinar Now Available

BRC is proud to present a new course offering to help new breeders (or experienced breeders who want a refresher) learn the major bloodlines impacting the Brahman breed from the 1920s to present. NEW COURSE: History of Brahman Pedigrees You’ve heard of bulls like Manso obviously, but this presentation will discuss tons of other great bulls who have shaped the …

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The Benefit of Genomic Testing

Why is Genomic Testing so Helpful? Many livestock experts say breeding cattle can be the most difficult of the food animal species to improve. You may even think to yourself; “It takes so long to see changes when breeding cattle that it seems like an uphill battle.” And it’s true. Cattle breeders face a massive generation interval. What that means …

Announcing the BRC Educational Workshop Series for 2021

BR Cutrer, Inc. is proud to present the 2021 BRC Educational Workshop Series will be begin January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. with our first BRC Live Zoom workshop of the year. January’s live webinar features “History of Brahman Pedigrees” by Keaton Dodd, who just recently completed a master’s degree focusing on Brahman genetics. In this workshop, we’ll share and …

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Best Brahman Bloodlines

If you’re new in the Brahman cattle business, you’re probably wondering what are the best Brahman bloodlines to focus on in your herd. Since the breed has been around for over a century, there are many different opinions, and answers to this question. First, let’s start with a little Brahman history: At a very basic level, Brahmans came into the …

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Best Cattle Names of 2020

Here’s something fun! A FUN vote! With our new BRC operation we added individual names to our cattle. And we make it fun! Check out the poll here and go rate all of our favorite names from 2020! We like a bit of rock music, Texas history, and even some old John Wayne westerns. VOTE HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z8SBCLQ Here are some …

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Livestock Ecology

by Jan Bonsma Chapter 3 from The Wortham Foundation Lectures in Animal Science For the full book, you can download a PDF here: https://bit.ly/3cYz8vx or buy it on Amazon. Animal ecology is the science which explains the interaction between the animal and its total environment. In livestock production it is essential to have a clear concept of how each environmental factor …

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A Livestock Philosophy

By Jan BonsmaChapter 2 from The Wortham Foundation Lectures in Animal Science For the full book, you can download a PDF here: https://bit.ly/3cYz8vx A hard copy of the full book is available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3Q55J4s. After studying livestock, production in various parts of the world and after having had the good fortune of being a guest professor at Texas …