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Biermann Ranch Cattle Company

Ranching Since 1910

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About the Biermann Ranch

At the Biermann Ranch we run a small herd of registered cattle and produce high quality beef due to the individualized care each cow gets. Our herd may be small but we try to make it as powerful as we can. By having a smaller sized herd our animals are able to fully flourish to their genetic potential and are treated more as pets then livestock which results in great docility and great cattle! 

We use the latest technologies in AI and ET to improve the herd on a regular basis, as well as low stress cattle techniques when working and moving cattle, this helps us produce the best quality cattle that are uniform throughout the herd. We use a rotational grazing system that allows pastures to rest over long periods of time and recuperate before grazing again that way the cattle always have good forage. Our cattle graze native pastures, Coastal Bermuda, and WW B-Dahl bluestem throughout the year rounding off a very good balance in nutrition. Our bulls and heifers are strictly forage developed on different grass types. We believe that cattle were meant to eat grass not grain and you can see it in our herd that without grain they hold the weight in the harsher months better and the bulls hold the weight during breeding season instead of falling apart on you.  These forage developed cattle can flourish anywhere in the country.

All of cattle health is dealt with by our veterinarian DVM Amy Jo Pilmer- Hill Country Vet. All of cattle AI and ET work is handled by Agrimark Genetic Services, as well as herd owner and ranch manager Zachary C. Biermann.

About the Ranch and Cattle

The Ranch

The Biermann Ranch raises Registered Herefords from great genetics. We sell our cattle from the ranch to the buyer directly through private treaty sales.  We had raised a mixed commercial herd for the past 50 years but have  transitioned into producing strictly Registered Hereford Cattle over the last 5 years. By using Artificial insemination technology and embryo transfers we were able to get the dams that we sought to produce top quality registered black Hereford cattle. We choose to go with black Hereford cattle because of the good traits such as color, depth, marbling and other factors from the angus breed brought into the best breed for fertility and docility the Hereford. The black Hereford are hardy and feed efficient like the Hereford but have a black hide to bring you top dollar at market! A homozygous black Hereford bull will eliminate red baldy calves! Using proven and progressive genetics we produce what we think are top quality cattle. Our cows calve easy, have great udders 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 several different Black Hereford Bull swho throws high growth and weaning weights but below average birth weights allowing for profitability and less worry during calving season. 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. All calves are tested for genetic defects as well as coat color, this allows the buyer to know if they are homozygous or heterozygous so that we can ensure the bulls you buy are what you want!

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, are fertlile and feed efficient and can create the baldy that is so sought after in the cattle industry. Black Hereford bulls on Angus cows have a high chance of the throwing 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