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May 23rd - 27th - Sorting Natural Service Sire groups
Breeding Season 2016

It's been another great week here in South Dakota! The weather has been warm with quite a bit of moisture. The great weather made the long job of sorting Natural Service breeding pastures much easier! 

 

After AIing all three of our spring calving bunches of cows we sort each large group into their natural service sire breeding groups. To do this we have lists made up ahead of time indicating what sire each cows will be bred to. We gather the bunch of cows that we will sort on that day and then pick a sire and start sorting. We make sure each cow is paired with her calf and that both get to the right pasture! It takes organization and meticulousness to get the job done right! Once a sire group is completely sorted we walk the group to their pasture. The bulls are turned out into their pasture of cows after all of the groups have been sorted. They will stay in these small groups until we pull the bulls. At that time we will bunch the cows back into larger groups until preg checking!

 

Here are some sorting pictures!

     

     

     

     

     

 

Made it to the pasture!


May 17th - 19th - Breeding the Spring Calving Cows
Breeding Season 2016

The cattle are all out to pasture and the matings are done, now it's time to AI the spring calving cowherd! We time AI breed all of our cows using CIDRs to synchronize them. Each cows is individually mated to a AI sire and to a natural service sire. We make a list of the bulls that we are going to use AI and those that we will use Natural Service. We look at the possible EPD values of the calf if the cow were to be mated to each of the available AI and Natural Service bulls. This give us the choices that would work best for her on paper. We then take into consideration the cow's history,  looking at how her past matings have performed, and how her cow family has performed on various matings. Lastly we consider her phenotype and look for a bull that will improve on any faults that she may have. We then try to find the best bull that will balance that cow and create the best possible calf next year! It's a long process that takes a lot of time, but we believe it creates the best possible bulls for our customers!

 

 

 

We kept the cows in the three large groups and set up portable corrals in each of the pastures. We inserted the CIDRs in one group per day, and then bred the three groups over a three day period.

 

Here are some pictures of inserting the CIDRS. 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 9th - 16th - Matings
Breeding Season 2016

It's that time of year, Breeding season is in full swing. This past week Craig and Craig Howard made the matings for the 2017 calf crop.

 

 

 

We take a lot of pride in the fact that we individually choose an AI and Natural Service mating for every cow on the ranch. It's a long process but in the end we know that each cow is matched with the bull that we believe will work best with her phenotype and EPD profile! If you have any questions about the bulls we are using or how we mate our cattle at Bieber Red Angus please ask!

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the bulls that we are using this year:

 

 

 

Bieber Spartacus A193

 

reg# 1617230

 

 

 

 

Bieber Deep End B597

 

reg# 1694338

 

 

 

 

Bieber Let's Roll B593

 

reg# 1694879

 

 

 

Let's Roll topped our 2015 Spring Production Sale and sold to Crump Red Angus. He is a son of Bieber Rollin Deep Y118.

 

 

 

 

 

Bieber Gladiator C386

 

reg# 3474701

 


 

 

 

Schuler Endurance 2101Z

 

reg# 1515451

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bieber Hard Drive Y120

 

reg# 1436718

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown Astounding B121

 

reg# 1703732

 

 

 

 

 

Loosli Right On 423

 

reg# 1714264

 

 

 

 

LSF SRR Triumph 3100A

 

reg# 1623938

 

 

 

 

BOW CRK Heavily Armed 310A

 

reg# 1672505

 

 

 

 

GMRA Trinity 5222

 

reg# 3467112

 

 

 

 

Bieber CL Atomic C218

 

reg# 3474996

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIE One of a Kind 5139

 

reg# 3503670

 

 

 

 

 

MLK CRK Unified 4207

 

reg# 1686027

 

 

 

 

 

LSF TBJ Proud 5875C

 

reg# 1738511

 

 

 

 

 

WFL Advantage 5196

 

reg# 3472910

 

 

 

 

 

Brown BLW Statistician B5240

 

reg# 1697167

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EEC Rock A063C

 

reg# 1743945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leachman Vision A278Z

 

reg# 1627031

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SRN Depot 1404

 

reg# 1700698

 

 

 

 

 

Bieber Mick W190

 

reg# 1311716

 

 

 

 

 

TKP Cowboy Kind 5292

 

reg# 3503389

 

 


May 11th - Moving Pairs out to Pasture
Breeding Season 2016

The weather has been cool and rainy this past week, but it's time to get the pairs out on pasture! Our pairs are sorted into 3 pastures close to ranch headquarters as they leave the calving barn. We sort them according to how we want our breeding groups to work out. 

 

 

 

Moving baby calves is always a challenge and we try to make it as easy on the calves as possible. To do this we gathered a group of pairs and moved them about 2-3 pastures from their old location, pair them back up and then let them rest for a day or so. We keep moving the bunch in this manner until we get them to the pasture that we will AI the cows in. After AIing all of the cows we will sort the pairs from the 3 large groups into their small natural service breeding groups, which we walk to individual pastures!

 

 

 

Here are some pictures of moving one bunch of cows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The baby calves love running during the gather, we try to keep them up close to the cows in an effort to keep them from trying to 'run back'. When pairs are seperated and moved to a new location their instinct is if either half of the pair cannot find the other in the new location they will 'run back' to the last place they saw/smelled each other. When you're moving pastures this would be the old pasture. Cows and calves will travel miles and go through numerous fences to get back to where they believe the other half of their pair is. Which is why we try to make many small moves, when possible, and make sure the cattle are paired in the new pasture. Long moves also get the calves tired which increases their desire to run back to their old pasture. As the calves get older they get easier to move and their instinct to leave the group to run back decreases. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby calves are hard to move, mostly because they have had little experince. Think of it like herding cats! The cows on the other hand know when its time to move and for the most part will pick up and start moving while leaving the calves in the back, then like clockwork about halfway to the new pasture the cows will remember the calves and turn to run back and get them. Cows turning and running back make the calves in the back even harder to move. In an effort to slow the cows down/distract them we use the feed wagon to lead them to the new pasture. This instinct the cows feel also fades with as the calves get older.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we get the pairs to pasture we feed them and use this time to bunch the calves in with the cows. We then pair up any calves that need extra help finding their mom.

 

 

 

 

The rainy wet conditions made this move more difficult (and dirty)!


April 13-15th - Breeding Replacement Heifers
Breeding Season 2016

We finished calving all of the spring cows a week or so ago, and have gotten all of the pairs out on pasture. Naturally that means it's time to starting breeding for next year's calf crop! This week we AI bred our replacment heifers. 

 

About a week prior to breeding Craig Bieber and Craig Howard pick both an AI mating and a natural service mating for each heifer individually. They consider each heifer's phenotype, cowline history and each heifers EPDs. They then try to pick a bull from our lineup that will complement her. It's a long process but one that we take alot of pride in doing and doing well!

 

This year we AI bred to six different AI sires. We bred each bull to around seventy heifers. This year we did things a little bit different and sorted the heifers into their AI sire groups prior to breeding. Pre-sorting will help improve our semen handling,  by only have to pull one type of semen at a time. The presorted groups were placed in pens inside our hoop calving barns. Another thing that we did differently this year was to set up our double alley and breeding barn inside one of our hoop barns. The thinking is that the heifers are used to being worked/getting their shots through our working barn chute. If we breed them using different facilities in a different location we can reduce their stress and improve our conception rates! 

 

Here are the sires we AI bred to:

Loosli Right On 423

 

 

Bieber Spartacus A193

 

GMRA Trinity 5222

 

Bieber LB Mitigator C314

 

Bieber Federalist B543

 

Pieper Stockman 4051

 

Our heifer synchronization schedule this year was to use a 5 day CIDR program. We inserted the CIDRS and gave a dose of GnRH then 5 days later we pulled the CIDRS and gave a dose of Lutealyse. We then time bred all of the heifers and gave a second dose of GnRH at breeding!

     

     

     

     


 
         
         
       
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