Breeding Season 2015 is almost upon us. This week we mated our 325 replacement heifers.Here at Bieber Red Angus we individually mate each cow & heifer. We study each females strengths and weaknesses in both her data and phenotype. We then choose an AI bull and a natrual service bull that will be the best match for that female.
Every female here on the ranch is AI bred using estrous synchronization. This year on our replacement heifers we are using a 5 day CIDR protocol followed by a 30 day natural service breeding window. We will AI our heifers in three groups late next week. The 3 AI sires that we will be using are Bieber Hard Drive Y120, Bieber Spartacus A193 and Bieber Federation B544. For Natural Service sires we are using Bieber Federation B544, LSF RAB Exclusive 2793Z, LSF SRR Triumph 3100, PIE Right Kind 342, MLK CRK Unified 4207 and Leachman Vision A278Z.
Bieber Hard Drive Y120
We have used Hard Drive for a couple years now on heifers. He's a low birthweight bull, high growth bull and we really like his calves! You can expect stout, huge ribbed, easy keeping cows that have a great disposition and great udders. We're using Hard Drive AI this year. Semen is available through Select Sires.
Bieber Spartacus A193
Spartacus was one of our high selling bulls on Bieber Fever VI in March 2014. He sold to Jefferies Land & Cattle and Accelerated Genetics. Spartacus has great data, he ranks in the top 25% or higher for eight traits. He's one of the breed's elite curve bending young sires who posts a -2.9 BW to a 118 YW EPDs. We used Spartacus as a clean up bull last year and this year we are using him AI. Semen is available through Accelerated Genetics.
Bieber Federation B544
Federation was the Lot 7 bull on Bieber Fever VIII this past March. He sold to Bachman Red Angus in Missouri. This bull is in the top 8% for HerdBuilder and top 2% for GridMaster. We are using his both AI and Natural Service and are excited to see his calves next spring.
LSF RAB Exclusive 2793Z
We bought Exclusive from Ludvigson Stock Farms in 2013 and have used him over the past two years. He's another low birthweight high growth bull. He also ranks high for Stayability, Heifer pregnancy and Maintenance energy. His dam was a top donor at the R.A. Brown Ranch. We're using Exclusive natural service this year. Semen is available through Select Sires.
LSF SRR Triumph 3100A
We bought this bull from the 2014 Ludvigson Stockk Farms Bull Sale in Montana. Triumph was used last year as a clean up bull and we have a few of his calves on the ground now. He's a calving ease bull ranking in the top 1% for CED and top 15% for BW. Triumph is a Conquest son who offers more maternal power when compared to his sire. He ranks in the top 10% for both MILK and TM. We're using him as a Natural Service sire this year on a group of heifers. Semen is available through Accelerated Genetics.
PIE Right Kind 342
This bull caught our eye last year at Pieper Red Angus's production sale. We used him some last year as a clean up bull and he seems to be a calving ease bull. We are using him as a natural service sire this year.
MLK CRK Unified 4207
We bought this high selling bull at Milk Creek Red Angus this year. He is a calving ease bull who was also one of the highest gaining bulls on the offering. This Fusion R236 son is very long bodied with lots of muscle. We're using him as a natural service sire this year.
Leachman Vision A278Z
We bought this bull last year and used him for as a clean up bull. We have a few calves on the ground now and are going to use him as a natural service sire this year on our heifers. He has an excellent spread at -5.3 BW to a 114 YW. Vision also boasts 0.72 MARB which is in the top 9% along with a 0.93 REA in the top 1% for the breed.