Brick

DOB: 04/11/2009
B&B Dr. Pepper X Stenner Creek KK4M

Building Strong Foundations

5 year old producer of National Champion Heifers & Bulls in Arizona and Oklahoma

 

In the spring of 2004, my daughter and I were looking to buy some cattle for our ranch in Alpine, Arizona. I asked my daughter Ashley to go online to find something different than the usual black or red livestock. One morning she asked me to come and see what she had found. My first reaction to seeing the British white cattle she had found was "Wow!". They were a beautiful snow white cow with black markings. Researching them further we discovered that they had very good attributes like good health, good maternal cows, sturdy frames, very easy to handle, easy calving and longevity. These are all attributes that we have found to be true. The nearest herd to us was in San Lois Obispo, CA. They are located at a ranch next to Cal Poly University. Ashley and I went there to see the herd. There we met Mr. Pete Kramer who was running the ranch. He told us about the many tests and comparisons that Cal Poly had done on feed efficiency of the British white cattle versus Angus cattle. According to their research the British white cattle put on more weight than the Angus did with the same amount of feed. We were very impressed by these numbers. We were also very impressed by the British whites up close and decided to bring five back to Gilbert, Arizona. One of the five cows had a frame score of five. Two years later we purchased a handsome young bull named Dr. Pepper. He had an outstanding confirmation and was extremely gentle. We bred these two and in 2009 they produced a bull calf weighing in at just over one hundred pounds. From day one he stood square on his feet and had a handsome head, and all the correct markings. Something told me right away that he was going to be my herd bull. This was Brick.
Brick inherited the frame score of a five from his mother and the gentle disposition and outstanding confirmation from his father. He currently weighs in at about two thousand pounds during breeding season and will hit twenty two hundred pounds when not employed. Brick is great for breeding because of his strong hind quarters. This allows him to have no trouble in holding up his own weight when breeding a cow. This really helps in preventing any injury to the cow while breeding. IN all his time on our ranch, Brick has never hut a cow. During the summers all of our herd goes up to the high meadows of eastern Arizona to get out of the heat. There Brick does not only his job of keeping the herd safe from mountain lions, wolves and bears, but he also helps in the care of the young calves. Brick's calves typically are born weighing in from sixty five to eighty five pounds. Their weaning weight is from five hundred and fifty pounds to six hundred pounds. The steers typically weigh twelve hundred pounds at sixteen to eighteen months old.
Two years ago in 2015, we took Brick to the Oklahoma Nationals. Per the rules we put a nose ring on him Brick was lead into the arean by just his nose ring for the bull class by my sixteen year old grandson. The judge looked him over for what seemed like forever. He said, "There isn't anything about this bull that I don't like". I was thrilled by hearing this because it confirmed all of my thoughts about him. When we returned home, the ranch decided to take him to J.L.G sperm bank in Oakdale, California. The sperm collectors were so impressed with him and his behavior that everyone in the office came down to the collection barn to see him. J.L.G said the sperm they collected was excellent quality and easily obtained.
It's our hope that you will consider Brick in your breeding program. He has been cross bred to many different breeds of cattle. All have produced calves with better, more manageable temperaments. Please go to britishwhite.org to learn more abut these exceptional cattle. Our ranch has very high regards for this association and the people that run it.