Johansen Black Herefords!

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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.




Black Herefords on our BLM Permit.

Black Herefords on our BLM Permit.

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.


Pushing Cows on the Forest.

Pushing Cows on the Forest.


 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. 


Donor Cow 010 (Diamond L1 Bred).

Donor Cow 010 (Diamond L1 Bred).

Donor Cow - 9405 - At 10 Years Old!

Donor Cow – 9405 – At 10 Years Old!

We are not attempting to just turn the Hereford breed black, but are in the process of creating a better black Hereford. 



Jo Bulls, LLC, is a member of the American Black Hereford Association (ABHA). We have formed the “International Black Hereford Association” ™ to help promote the breed of cattle across the world. We believe in the breed that much and think the ABHA will continue to grow. We have actually reserved the DBA, reserved the domains, and filed for a trademark. We have our first international ranch visit happening this June. Some ranchers from Australia are going to visit our ranch, and we are hoping to help start the breed in Australia. While we are loyal ABHA members, there has to be an organization or classification for Black Hereford breeders in other countries.



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Selling Saturday in the Black is the Color Sale in Bowling Green KY. Lot 48 was the reserve purebred calf at the 2016 National Black Hereford Sale and Show in November.

Feeding cows tonight. ...

We have Black Jack up getting collected at Hoffman A.I. We have over 3,500 straws, so we are ready for the spring rush. We are in our second year of using Black Jack, and could not be more impressed. We have over 20 calves on the ground out of him this spring and they averaged 76 lbs. ...