Brahman Cattle FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Brahman Cattle

Are you new to the Brahman breed of cattle? Here at V8, we are experts in Brahman cattle and we’re here to help. Here are some of our most common frequently asked questions about Brahman cattle.

Q: How much does a Brahman bull weigh?
A: Mature Brahman bulls can weigh anywhere from 1600 to 2400 pounds.

Q: How much does a Brahman cow weigh?
A: Mature Brahman cows can weigh anywhere from 1200 to 1600 pounds. One of our biggest Brahman cows is Miss V8 410/6.

Q: How long do Brahman cattle live?
A: Brahman cattle are very long-living cattle. They can live anywhere from 15 to 20 years of age.

Q: What breeds make up the American Brahman breed of cattle?
A: Gyr, Guzerat, Nellore and Krishna Valley cattle were all used in the development of American Brahman.

Q: Were Brahman cattle developed in India?
A: No. The American Brahman was developed in the United States. However Indian cattle were used to develop the breed.

Q: How much does a Brahman heifer cost?
A: Our Brahman cattle for sale start at $5000 and go up from there.

Q: What’s in a Brahman’s hump? Is a Brahman hump made out of water?
A: No, the Brahman hump is not made of water. It is a muscle and contains mostly connective tissue.

Q: Can you eat the beef from a Brahman hump?
A: Yes. It is particularly popular in Australia and South America.

Q: Should a Brahman hump be big or small?  
A: In general it should be big. However, it should be in proportion to the body. Bigger humps are part of the Brahman breed character. Here is a picture of a Brahman bull with an ideal size hump and a Brahman female with an ideal size hump. Good hump placement and size is very important to Brahman breeders.

Q: Are Brahmans gentle?
A: Yes. Brahmans are one of the most intelligent breeds of cattle. When treated and managed correctly they are very gentle.

Q: Are Brahmans naturally horned or polled?
A: Most Brahmans are primarily horned. However Brahman cattle can also be polled (naturally hornless). One of our most popular polled bulls is Mr. V8 794/7 and one of our most popular polled Brahman cows is Miss V8 98/6.

Q: What color are Brahman cattle? 
A: There are two overall color classifications of Brahman cattle: red and grey. V8 Ranch raises primarily grey Brahman cattle. Within the grey color, color can range from solid white, reddish tinge, blue tinge, or black.

Q: Can a grey Brahman produce a red Brahman calf? 
A: Yes. A grey Brahman with black pigment on it’s tips (tips of ears, reproductive organs) will typically produce a red calf when mated to a red Brahman cow. A good example of this is Mr. V8 380/6. When bred to grey cows, he produces grey calves. When bred to red cows, he produces red calves.

Q: How much does a baby Brahman calf weigh? 
A: Typically they are low birthweight and can range from 60 to 100 pounds.

Q: Are Brahman cows good milkers?
A: Yes. V8 Ranch raises Brahman cattle for beef. However Brahman cattle are also known as very good milkers.

Q: Why do Brahmans have so much loose skin?
A: The loose skin is part of Brahman breed character. Brahmans have four times as many sweat glands as other breeds of cattle. Thus, the more skin they have, the more sweat glands, and the greater their ability to withstand the heat. Heat tolerance is one of the biggest benefits of Brahman cattle.

Q: What is the difference between a Braymer – a Brahma – and a Brahman.
A: Well technically it’s the same! It’s all in the terminology – and geography lol. The official name of the breed is Brahman. You prounounce it bra (like the women’s apparel)-mun. But, some people call it Brahma, Braymer, we’ve even heard Brimmer bull. Either way, you’re fine.

Do you have other questions? Shoot us an email and we’ll be glad to help!