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.
Barzona cows are the basis of the breed. Rough pasture, predators, hot summers and cold winters don't make any difference to an adapted Barzona.
Calves are born small and streamlined shaped. They are up and going within 15 minutes of birth, along with having a higher survival rate than most. A high growth rate means they will mature just as fast as other breeds.
Feed is 60% of your total operating expenses. Barzonas use more of the forage you have available than any other breed, and DNA test better in residual feed intake(RFI) than any other breed. This affects your entire operation from start to finish.
Different is good! Barzonas function with a herd mentality, making bulls more effective, predators less successful, and they are easier to work. From sea level in Florida, 7,000 ft elevation in Utah, and the Arctic Circle in Canada, Barzonas are the most successful breed in any environment.