Lincoln, Neb. Halfblood Braunviehs topped the sale heifers at the North Carolina State University (NC State) Commercial Female Sale held in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture June 6. Two of the NC State Research Farms utilize and conduct research on Braunvieh cattle. Each year, Braunvieh-influenced females are kept as replacements for research herds. This is the second year NC State has sold Braunvieh-influenced females and the second year those females have topped the sale average.

The Braunvieh breed was well represented with 15 predominately Braunvieh-Black Angus heifers averaging $1,223. Overall, 114 lots average $1,145.18. The top selling Braunvieh-influenced heifer was a February-born heifer sired by Polled Image. She's Braunvieh, 7/16 Angus and 1/16 Senepol and was purchased by Ken and Melissa Beagle, Yanceyville, N.C., for $1,800.

The second high selling Braunvieh bred heifer was also purchased by Ken and Melissa Beagle. She's an early February El Matador PFI C308 daughter that sold for $1,700 AI bred to N Bar Prime Time. Braunvieh-influenced heifers sold to six different buyers in North Carolina and Virginia. Ken and Melissa Beagle were the volume buyers of Braunvieh-bred females.

Braunvieh cattle are a total package including a live, well muscled calf with high growth, which is essential to all cattlemen's profit equations; moderately framed cows with maternal ability and fertility for profit-minded producers; and a feeder calf prone to good health that converts well and has grid value potential for progressive cattle feeders. Many benefits, from growth and carcass value of the Braunvieh-sired steers to the fertility and productivity of F1 daughters, are well documented in research. Braunvieh is a fast growing breed and one of the first breeds in North America to begin RFI testing and offering that data to bull buyers. A relatively new measure of feed efficiency, residual feed intake (RFI) is an individual record taken during long-term feeding trials that measures feed offered, feed refused and average daily gain. For more information call (402) 466-3292 or visit and


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