Our history with the Brahman breed is a long and storied one. In 1984 we bought a small herd from the estate of the late Harry Pitman MP. His stock was out of the late Reg Hunt's breeding pool and included a few breeding age bull progeny. At that time in the Natal Midlands, all the cattle breeders were either stud or commercial breeders of English breeds.
To create some cash flow we put 3 bulls on the Nottingham Road Annual Bull Sale which at that time was one of the country’s major bull sales, attracting buyers from throughout the country and surrounding states including Mozambique and Rhodesia. We did not even attract a single bid. These 3 bulls were the first Brahman Bulls offered at this Sale.
In an effort to promote the breed in our area (and to eventually turn some cash flow) we even offered some of our neighbours free use of the bulls for a breeding season to let them see the calves and hopefully get excited enough to eventually buy the bulls - Still no takers! It took a while for farmers to get as energised about this amazing animal as we were in those early years.
Things are different nowadays, as it is an accepted fact that without some Brahman blood in their herds, the commercial beef breeder in Africa cannot survive. The Brahman has found its place in the beef industry as the “Breed to cross breed with”. The Brahman’s unique ability to thrive in heavy tick country and pass this attribute on to the progeny of any other cattle breed it is crossed, with has been proven beyond any doubt.
Stey Braes was the first South African Brahman Breeder to import and use extensively V8/700 semen and HS2/88 semen, combining both to breed some exceptional bulls and females, many of which are now the corner stone of some major breeders through out the country.
Stey Braes Brahman herd is currently going through a renaissance with the introduction of some new genetics in the form of new herd sires - as always, our breeding program is one to be excited about!
Our Brahman Herd Sires
BOS 12 135
BOS 12-135 is an exciting new prospect for the Stey braes Brahman herd. He is Sired by bos-blanco lox manso 216 who goes back to hunts loxacrata 198 that has served the bos blanco stud so well. His dam goes back to the renowned hunts sugarland lines (hunts sugarland’s 75-135) who is in the top 5% for 200 day growth as well as carcass weight. He is true to his dam showing great depth, hard muscle and bone structure, in today’s age where every kg counts we feel he will add a lot to our breeding programme. Watch this space for pics of his progeny.
Well balanced, and with a particularly strong underline, that he prints on his offspring calf after calf, OBS 01 27 is one of the most tested bulls in the Brahman industry. This is not in any way a bull of extremes, but a bull with all the qualities expected in the Brahman breed. Bulls from this herd sire have featured strongly in our Production Sales.
VAN 07 308 VAN MR SATURDAY was sired by our own STEYBRAES MR TANK 98 44, born in October of 2007. He has consistently produced potential heard sires and his daughters are fertile and have fantastic milk.
OSTERLOH MR REXCRATA MANSO OBS 06 180 was born towards the end of 2006, sired by BOS-BLANCO LOX REX 99. A bull that has done very well in our stud, his male progeny show great depth, width and bone. OBS 06 180 growth figures are in the top 5% of the breed and it shows in his calves.
STB 05 38 STEYBRAES MR TREVOR HOT SHOT is a one of a kind bull sired by FG MONTERREY MANSO 153/0 birthed mid 2005. His progeny show great length and depth with amazing muscling proving themselves to be hardy and early maturing adding great value to any breeding program.