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What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:41 pm
by BK9954
Might buy a commercial brahman heifer/cow or two this week. What do I need to look for? What do should I want and what should I run from when it comes to brahman cattle specific. Either doing craigslist or maybe auction. I heard heifers breed later then my brangus.

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:33 pm
by WalnutCrest
1 - Are they breathing?
2 - Are they ambulatory?
3 - Are they so ambulatory they try to tear your head off?

...etc...

I hope this had been helpful.

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:33 pm
by Caustic Burno
Brahman are smart they come in two forms fight or flight. I would rather have the fighter. If you know how to handle Brimmers they are easier to work IMO. The flighty ones always are looking for the trap and I have those go bat shyt crazy a lot faster.

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:25 pm
by Brute 23
Look for all the physical traits you usually look for in cattle but it becomes more important to get in an mingle with the cattle. Don't let any thing slide because it's a Brahman. Don't let any temperament issues slide thinking "they will calm down". If you aren't comfortable walking I'm amongst them... walk away. There are good, easy handling, Brahman cattle... you will just work twice as hard to find them.

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 12:35 am
by wacocowboy
If you ain't experienced with them I sure as heck wouldn't buy one out of an auction. Go see how she acts in someone's pasture and in their pens.

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:23 am
by Ol' 243
The thing I would look for most, is an Angus or a Simmental :D :D :D

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:32 am
by Caustic Burno
Ol' 243 wrote:The thing I would look for most, is an Angus or a Simmental :D :D :D

If your looking to downgrade

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:36 am
by Caustic Burno
wacocowboy wrote:If you ain't experienced with them I sure as heck wouldn't buy one out of an auction. Go see how she acts in someone's pasture and in their pens.

Yep if they stand there and watch you walk through that is the one you want.
Don't be fooled that girl will fight if you go to playing cowboy or mistreat her in her mind.
Those that stand off at fifty yards and move back every time you take a step closer can be a challenge for the inexperienced.

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 3:50 pm
by JWBrahman
Look for animals that are strong in areas where the breed is weak. That would be feet, udders, and the width of torso (slab sided).

Make sure you get a beef type animal and not a dual purpose. A Grey Brahman cow will get obesely fat on nothing but clover and rye.

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Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 3:53 pm
by Bright Raven
JWBrahman wrote:Look for animals that are strong in areas where the breed is weak. That would be feet, udders, and the width of torso (slab sided).

Make sure you get a beef type animal and not a dual purpose. A Grey Brahman cow will get obesely fat on nothing but clover and rye.

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John, what about their temperament? Is it as bad as the posts above indicate? If so, the OP said what should you look for? I was thinking, "the exit". Lol

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 4:25 pm
by JWBrahman
Do an internet search for Beryl the Brahman videos. Or just look at the Brazilian site full of pretty ladies and Brahman cattle.

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 4:56 pm
by JWBrahman
BK9954 you are an official Texan when you get a Brahman.
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Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 7:19 pm
by Bigfoot
JWBrahman wrote:Look for animals that are strong in areas where the breed is weak. That would be feet, udders, and the width of torso (slab sided).

Make sure you get a beef type animal and not a dual purpose. A Grey Brahman cow will get obesely fat on nothing but clover and rye.

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I will take your word for it on the feet. I haven't owned a purebred Brahman in many years. I do know that my Brahman cross cows feet hold up pretty good, in a bad environment here. Ground is as hard as woodpecker lips all summer, and soft as foreskin all winter.

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 7:23 pm
by TennesseeTuxedo
Caustic Burno wrote:
Ol' 243 wrote:The thing I would look for most, is an Angus or a Simmental :D :D :D

If your looking to downgrade


There you go again. I'm running out tonight to buy some a Certified Braham Beef! Oh yeah, no such thing.

Re: What to look for when buying Brahman

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 7:40 pm
by Bright Raven
Bigfoot wrote:
JWBrahman wrote:Look for animals that are strong in areas where the breed is weak. That would be feet, udders, and the width of torso (slab sided).

Make sure you get a beef type animal and not a dual purpose. A Grey Brahman cow will get obesely fat on nothing but clover and rye.

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I will take your word for it on the feet. I haven't owned a purebred Brahman in many years. I do know that my Brahman cross cows feet hold up pretty good, in a bad environment here. Ground is as hard as woodpecker lips all summer, and soft as foreskin all winter.


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