In 1976, ten-year-old Byron Brandl had a passion to start a purebred Angus herd. Living in the small tourist town of Sicamous, British Columbia he saw the prosperity in a large pile of horse manure from the family’s horses and the fact that it was full of earth worms. That summer he sold enough worms to local fishermen to purchase a purebred Black Angus cow.
A progressive breeding establishment that has risen from humble beginnings.
In the early 1980’s while operating under the herd name Blue Jay Angus Farm the herd began to progress with the purchases of Ed Rene Black Velvet 38P, Annsdale Lady Wren 8E and Aberlynn Miss Burgess 11’81.
In 1986, BJ Sky King 621’85 was Grand Champion Bull at the Calgary Stampede and in 1987 BJ Lady Wren 81’85 was Reserve Grand Champion Female at Farmfair in Edmonton.
From 1988 to 1993, the Brandl herd captured the title of Grand Champion Bull at the prestigious Kamloops Bull Sale for 5 consecutive years in a row. A feat that was never duplicated before or since.
In 1993, the herd was moved to the current location at Jarvie, AB and began operating as Brandl Cattle Co. While over the years we have had great success in the show ring, our main focus remains to produce the highest quality bulls for our commercial customers. Along the way we also supply genetics to other top purebred herds around the globe.
In 2005, we added a Red Angus division to our operation. Having the experience of years in the Angus business we were able to fast track that program to have an equally high-quality herd.
Brandl Cattle Co. has a total commitment to quality and looks at some things differently than most. While some brag that they only have a portion of their bulls make it to their sale due to severe culling, that tells us that they have a lot of cows that shouldn’t be purebred cows in the first place. Our cows are seed-stock producers. If a cow has a bull calf, it better have the high quality credentials to make a saleable bull or the cow doesn’t stay in our program.
Our focus is on no nonsense production. Our cattle work for us, not us working for them. Our total operation is strictly cattle, no crop production or other livestock. We do not have any hired help and we need to spend time with our family as well. Our cows (and heifers) must calve unassisted, mother a calf, and breed back in a timely fashion. We have a 50 day breeding season from start to finish. Cows must maintain body condition while raising a robust calf and do this year after year. Cows with good feet, legs and udders will pay the bills. Cows need to last well into their teens, not be replaced within 5-10 years. Longevity is the most economical trait we can select for!
Thank you for taking the time to check out our website. We would be pleased to answer any questions and would be even happier to have you visit our ranch.
Byron, Gwen, Kailey, Wynton and Landon Brandl
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