Alvin & Karen Havens started their herd in 1989. Barzonas were specifically chosen because of their maintenance free operation, and overall profitability. Alvin was too busy for babysitting heavy calvers and pinkeye. Karen runs her own accounting firm and knows what it takes to make money on the farm. Alvin & Karen strive to keep their herd producing under worry free management.
Alecia Heinz, Alvin & Karen's daughter, now keeps the records on the cattle herd, and her husband Matthew brings 6 generations of family farming and cattle background to the operation. They have purchased and raised their own Barzonas, and also try different crossbreedings to provide data for commercial producers.
Traits you can't get anywhere else. A Barzona bull will keep his cows gathered in a tight group.
A calf's entire immune system comes from passive transfer via colostrum intake. Research has proven that most of this intake needs to happen in the first 2 hours of life. Typically, 1 out of 3 beef breed calves fail passive transfer tests. In our first year of testing, 100% of our randomly tested calves passed and 64% of those were rated "Excellent". In our second year, 12/13 calves passed, all rating excellent with only 1 coming back "failed". A large majority of our second year testing was on our 1st calf heifers.
Barzona cattle have a deeper set to their eye socket, and have coloration that helps prevent pink eye from forming.