The Brahman breed (also known as Brahma) originated from Bos indicus cattle from India, the “sacred cattle of India”. Through centuries of exposure to inadequate food supplies, insect pests, parasites, diseases and the weather extremes of tropical India, the native cattle developed some remarkable adaptations for survival which cattle producers in the USA found useful and advantageous.
Cattle with Brahman influence are of special interest in South Texas because crossbreeding them with British and European breed types typically produces offspring that tolerate heat better and are more resistant to insects and disease. Brahman influence also contributes to longevity, maternal ability, and maternal calving ease. Brahman cattle can be used as straight breeds, but are generally used as crosses to take advantage of the increased hybrid vigor they exhibit (heterosis), especially in the female.
In general, if we are buying Brahman cattle, we try to use the rule of thumb that we want to be able to make a full return on our investment from a female by selling 3 to 5 of her calves. So, let’s say you buy a $5000 Brahman female, if you think you can sell her calves for $1000 to $1666 per head – and she can stay in your herd long enough to calve 3 to 5 times, then your’e good. And, that price point is definitely attainable no matter what level of calves you are waiting or where you are marketing your cattle.
Characteristics Of A Brahman Cow
All Bos indicus cattle including the Brahman are characterised by a large hump over the top of the shoulder and neck. Brahmans vary in colour from very light grey or red to almost black. A majority of the breed are light to medium grey. Mature bulls are normally darker than cows and usually have dark areas on the neck, shoulders and lower thighs. They have short, thick, glossy hair which reflects much of the suns rays and black pigmented skin, making it able to graze in the midday sun without suffering. Their horns curve upwards and sometimes tilt to the rear plus they have pendulous ears.
Brahman have an abundance of loose skin which is thought to contribute to its ability to withstand warm weather by increasing the body surface area exposed to cooling. Another feature of this breed is the increased number of sweat glands and the ability to sweat freely, Bos indicus cattle also produce an oily secretion from the sebaceous glands which has a distinctive odour and is reported to assist in repelling insects.
What Is A Brahman Cow Price?
A. Registered Brahman cows can range from $3500 to $10,000 and even $20,000 or more in some cases. The price of the Brahman cow is based on her age, overall quality, pedigree, and offspring. It is very rare to find Brahman mature cows for sale, because they are so valuable. Most breeder sell Brahman heifers as replacement females but rarely sell older cows.
Is Brahman Meat Good?
Recent evidence suggests that beef from cattle with a high percentage Brahman parentage has lower marbling and is less tender on average than beef from other breeds. No effort has been made to improve carcass quality traits in the Brahman.
Are Brahman Bulls Mean?
Brahmans like affection and can become very docile. They quickly respond to handling they receive, good or bad. Well bred, wisely selected and properly treated Brahmans are as easily handled as other breeds.
Why Are Brahman Cattle So Aggressive?
They found that the prenatally-stressed calves were more excitable, reactive, and aggressive toward humans, and prenatally-stressed male calves also had higher blood levels of cortisol, a hormone that is released in response to a stressful situation and is also often called the fight-or-flight hormone.
Is Brahman A God?
Brahma is the first god in the Hindu triumvirate, or trimurti. The triumvirate consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Vishnu and Shiva. His name should not be confused with Brahman, who is the supreme God force present within all things.
What Age Should You Breed Brahman Heifers?
A. We breed between 18 to 24 months. While this is a little older compared to Bos taurus who normally breed around 11 to 12 months, Brahmans tend to be a little later maturing and while you have a slight delay up front by the age of breeding, Brahman cattle will have more productive years (longevity) compared to most other breeds so in the long run, waiting 6 months is a good practice to help the female fully develop before having her first calf.
How Much Does A Brahman Bull Cost?
A. The average of our Brahman bulls sold over the last year is $8500. Bulls sold in the last year at our ranch range from $3500 to $80,000.
Is A Red Brahman Different Than A Gray Brahman?
A. Both are American Brahmans, and simply have different hair color. They share the same ancestry and same herd book.
What Are Brahman Cattle Good For?
The Brahman is mainly used for breeding and the meat industry. It has been crossbred extensively with Bos taurus (European) beef breeds of cattle. It has been used to develop numerous other U.S. beef breeds including Brangus, Beefmaster, Simbrah and Santa Gertrudis.
How Can You Tell A Brahman Cow?
Body type and characteristics: Brahmans typically have a more rounded appearance around their rumps, but the most distinguishing characteristics are the large hump over their shoulders, always more prominent and defined in bulls than in cows, and their loose hide.
What Is The Hump On A Brahman Called?
Post by TexasCountryWoman » Mon Jul 26, 2004 7:58 am. The hump is called the hump. It is used to store food and water and is made up of a deposit of fat. Brahmans are the American derivitive of the Zebu, the name for Bos Indicus (or humped cattle) as opposed to Bos Tarus (non-humped cattle).
Why Is The Brahman X Hereford Cross So Popular?
A. This is what many cattleman consider the best of both worlds. Research has proven the Bos Taurus (Hereford) x Bos Indicus (Brahman) cross results in greater hybrid vigor, greater performance, heavier calves, and longer years in production. A hybrid vigor / heterosis effect is given by crossing two parents of unrelated genetics (F-1).
How Tall Are Brahman Cows?
Cows with Brahman sires were heaviest and tallest among breed groups at all ages, exceeding HA cows by 19 to 24 kg and 9 to 10 cm, respectively. Cows with Pinzgauer and Tarentaise sires were intermediate for weight and height and interchanged ranking across ages.
At What Age Can A Brahman Heifer Become Pregnant?
At what age does a heifer reach puberty? Every heifer differs but every heifer can reach puberty and start to ovulate at a very young age, sometimes as young as 4 months-old. For most heifers the average age is about 1 year-old. At this age at a little younger she is well capable of conceiving.