WELCOME TO JO BULLS – Johansen Black Herefords!
Welcome to Jo Bulls! The ranch is operated by Scott Johansen and his son, Brock Johansen. We are located in what is designated as Southeastern Utah in Castle Dale.
It is a true working ranch, the cows range for eight months of the year. In the Fall and Winter the cows range on the San Rafael Swell on BLM and private ground. Castle Dale only gets an average of 7 inches of precipitation each year, so the cows have to be able to travel for food and water. These harsh environments create a natural culling process.
In the Summer the cows range on Forest and private land in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The range reaches approximately 10,600 feet, and the lower ranch is at 5,700 feet above sea level, so the cattle have adapted to high elevations. Again, the cattle must be able to travel and forage. The cattle drive to the summer range is approximately 25 miles, and takes three days.
Our goal is to create cattle that can thrive in harsh environments. Many of our buyers run cows on similar ranges, and we have selected cattle that will be beneficial to those cattlemen.
Traditionally our cattle were Line 1 red Herefords. This breeding has produced a lot of maternal traits in our cattle. One of the most influential sires in our herd is CL 1 Domino 9126J. We have over 35 cows in production that trace back to that sire. To replace the horns, we introduced some polled cattle. Most of these cattle trace back to Feltons 517 or Remitall Boomer 46B. We are trying to breed consistency by using genetics from those three main foundation sires. For example, our Empire and Lightning bulls trace back to Feltons 517; and our Boom bull traces back to Remitall Boomer 46B.
We are not attempting to just turn the Hereford breed black, but are in the process of creating a better black Hereford.
We have reserved the name “International Black Hereford Association” for when the breed of cattle spreads to other countries. We believe in the breed that much. We have actually reserved the DBA.