Santa Elena Ranch’s philosophy concerning our females is simple – every female, many going back to powerful foundation genetics of the breed, must be an asset to the program or any other red Brahman herd.
Over the years our high-quality females and the quality of their offspring developed our standing reputation of producing quality, bred-in predictability and outstanding performance.
Cows carrying the VL brand, with a number of them listed on the ABBA Register of Renown and Maternal Merit lists, are the heart of our breeding program. Each female must be fertile, feminine, structurally sound, produce high-performance offspring, all while meeting the ABBA Standard of Excellence. By selecting and breeding for those specific traits, our solid red females stand on good feet and legs, and are very correct in their total structural makeup.
Maternal traits are of the utmost importance. Our cows—that produce one calf every year—have exceptional mothering ability, fertility and are outstanding milkers. They breed, calve, and keep easy. Santa Elena females are known for their excellent disposition and easy handling.
All of our cattle are enrolled in the ABBA’s Brahman Herd Improvement Records (BHIR) performance program. Another criterion of Santa Elena replacement heifers is the measurement of pelvic cavity to aid in determining each female’s calving ease. Other maternal traits such as teat size, and placement and udder attachment are also used for herd selection. Our American Red Brahman females reach desired breeding weight at 18 to 24 months of age, and have their first calf at just over two years of age. These young, beef-quality females are among the most popular to visitors at Santa Elena. Their top performance, style, and mothering potential are always in demand to serious cattlemen.
Santa Elena Ranch has built an impressive donor herd, and we work with our customers on mating selection, as well as furthering their programs through our embryos or pregnancies. Santa Elena genetics are the kind to move a program forward.