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Ultrasounding the Spring Calving Cows
Breeding Season 2013

This past week we have been busy this past week ultrasounding our spring calving cowherd and preconditioning our spring calves. On Monday we worked about half of the RAB cows here at the ranch headquarters in Leola. Tuesday we went up to Durheims and preconditioned and ultrasounded there. Then Wednesday we finished up the spring bred cow ultrasounding back at the ranch with the second half of the RAB cows. 



It was a beautiful morning gathering cows this morning!

   


    


We started each ultrasounding day by sorting the cows from the calves.

    

    

    

We then sorted the calves into groups of bull calves and heifer calves.

    

We then precondition all of the calves. Which involves tattooing each calf with their ID number, which is also their eartag number and our RAB breeder code.

    

    


 We then give all of the calves three preconditioning vaccinations. This year we gave Bovi Shield Gold a 5 way vaccination, Ultrabac 7 a 7 way vaccination and One Shot. We also gave each calf a shot of Multimin an injectable mineral supplement. The heifer calves were also given their Bangs vaccinations by our vets as well as the corresponding tattoo.


The cows were all ultrasounded by our vets from the Ashley Vet Clinic in Ashley, ND.


    

The open cows were sorted with their calves and were taken to a seperate pasture with LSF Cyclone 9934W to be bred for summer calving. The bred cows were taken to another pasture.

    

    

    






August 7th - AI Breeding the Summer Cows
Breeding Season 2013

We have had another wonderfully mild week! The sun has been shining and the temperatures have been moderately warm during the day and have cooled off at night. It has been a great August so far! We have been busy around the ranch with our second cutting of hay which was cut at the end of last week and the last of it is getting baled today.  

 

The 160 summer cows in our summer calving cow herd were synchronized using a 7 day CIDR. The CIDRs were removed last Tuesday, and the cows were AI bred last Friday. Craig Howard has been out of town this past week which left our ranch hands Mike Chapman and Caleb Accicca and myself as the AI technicians for the summer cows. Peggy came out to keep track of the paperwork which includes the sires that each cow is to be AI bred to, and recording the AI technician that services each cow. Skylar helped keep the chute and alley full of cattle and Craig Bieber ran the chute and gave each cow a shot of GnRH. He also helped a visiting vet student, Melissa learn how to run the hydraulic chute and give GnRH as well as answered any questions she had throughout the day.

Melissa is a vet student at Purdue University, who is job shadowing the vets at the Ashley Vet Clinic for a few weeks this summer. Melissa grew up in Singapore, and did her undergraduate studies at UC Davis in California. She is currently heading into her second year of vet school at Purdue, and hopes to be a large animal veterinarian. She asked to come out to the ranch a couple days a week to gain some more practical experience with cattle in a working ranch environment. We have been impressed with her willingness to learn and help with different tasks and she was a great asset on AI day!

Here are some pictures from AIing,

    

    

For working facilities we had our portable OK Corral and hydraulic chute and double alley hooked onto a portable breeding barn all in a pasture at our West Ranch.

    



We AI bred the summer cows to three different sires:


Beckton Epic R397


We purchased the pasture rights for Epic R397 last fall. Epic puts a number of measurable traits right in the sweet spot. His pedigree makes him an outcross for us, and we really like the muscle, volume, and growth we have seen in his progeny.


Bieber Rollin Deep Y118


Rollin Deep was the high selling bull on our 2012 March Production Sale. We sampled this Roosevelt son last year and were pleased with the conception rate he stacked up. We have been flushing his dam and expect that she will be one of the donor cows that really impacts our program. Looking at his data, it is pretty hard to find sires that will put as many traits in the top 10% as Rollin Deep does. His phenotype is exactly his namesake: deep and easy moving. We expect that this sire will do great things, we have many calves on the ground this summer and are really impressed by how they are growing and developing.

 

Bieber Real McCoy Y124 AI and Natural Service Sire


Real McCoy has gotten a lot of attention as one of Bieber H Hughes leading sons. He has hit every observation point at the top of his group and he offers the leading edge of genetics that the Red Angus breed has to offer. This cowline has been consistently at the top of our program. We have a few Real McCoy calves on the ground this year and like what we have seen so far! We used Real McCoy as both an AI Sire and as a Natural Service Sire on our Summer Cowherd.

 

 Natural Service Sires 

Bieber Roosevelt W384


Roosevelt was our pick of the bulls on test in 2009-2010. He exhibits depth of flank with lots of style and a great disposition. We are currently using some great Roosevelt sons as herd sires including Bieber Rollin Deep Y118 and Bieber Roosevelt Y106. We like the way his daughters and his calves this year are growing and developing. There will be Roosevelt sons in the March offering!


GMRA Peacemaker 1216      

        

We co-own this bull with Accelerated Genetics. Peacemakers data and phenotype are both hard to get around. We are proud of the was his calves are growing and developing this summer and look forward to watching them continue to bloom in the feedlot this fall.  


LSF Takeover 9943W


Takeover sold in Ludvigsons 2011 offering, his kind and data were both extremely impressive. The synergy between the combination of Conquest and Packer in Takeovers pedigree creates progeny that offer great potential for profit. His calving ease is also excellent! We sold his first offering of sons on our 2013 March Production Sale and two of our high selling bulls were Takeover sons.


Bieber Rushmore Y106


Bieber Rushmore Y106 is one of the top selling bulls in 2012. He is a calving ease sire with calves that will grow and have impressive Weaning and Yearling data.  Rushmore is a well made, structurally sound sire, with some impressive calves on the ground right now!

 

 


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July 31st - Summer Heifer AI and Natural Service Sires
Breeding Season 2013

 It has been an unseasonably cool past week here, with temperatures some days barely reaching 70 degrees. It was starting to feel a bit like early fall not late July! This last Monday and Tuesday it rained both days, and although we only received around an inch it was very welcome.


We are in the middle of AI breeding our summer cowherd. The 160 summer cows were synchronized using a 7 day CIDR. The CIDRs were removed yesterday and the cows are set to be AI bred this coming Friday. Next week we will have pictures from our day AIing.


The summer heifers were synchronized, and then AI bred last week on Tuesday, July 23rd. We AI bred the summer heifers to three different bulls. Each heifer was mated to the bull that best matched her EPD and phenotypic profile. The three bulls we used were:

 

VGW Oly 903


 

Oly is quickly proving to be a leader in several areas. Olys BW EPD makes him an exceptional heifer bull. His growth really turns the curve upward. His maternal traits, along with his first daughters, indicate that he has a pretty good shot at being an excellent female producer. His Marbling and REA put him in a very desirable area. We find it hard to say enough about this bull. He is easy fleshing and has a great disposition. Sons and daughters sell. Semen is available at Bieber Red Angus Ranch.

 

Bieber H. Hughes W109

 


Hughes sold on our 2010 Production sale to Jeffries Land and Cattle. We sampled Hughes in 2010 and did not end up using him in 2011. After we saw how his few calves from 2010 grew up and his updated EPDs we realized the mistake we made! We used him heavy in 2012 and have used him heavy this spring on both heifer and cows. Hughes calves are low birthweight with lots growth and style. Semen is available through Bieber Red Angus.

 

LSF RAB Exclusive 2793Z using both AI and Natural Service

 


These pictures of Endurance were taken earlier this breeding season while he was out with his group of Spring cows.


We bought this sire with Select Sires this spring from Ludvigson Stock Farms. Exclusive is out of the Nebula P707 son, Brown Paramount X7879. We used Exclusive natural service on our spring replacement heifers and both AI and natural service on our spring calving cows. We are excited to see what this bull has to offer!

 

We are using Exclusive Natural Service as well as Schular Endurance 2101Z, and Bieber Take 2 Z216.


Schular Endurance 2101Z



We purchased this bull in March from Schuler Red Angus with Accelerated Genetics.He is a son out of Schuler Nebula 0050 who is a son of the popular Nebula P707. He has impressive ultrasound ratios, impressive growth numbers and low birthweight.   We used Endurance both AI and Natural service this spring on our spring calving cows and heifers.

 

Bieber Take 2 Z216



This Takeover is out of a Makin Hay daughter. Take 2 sold on our spring production sale and we used him as a natural service sire this spring on both cows and heifers. This Takeover son has a modest BW and high growth that will add pounds to his calves. We are excited to see what his calves have to offer!


July 24th - Beginning the breed the summer calving cow group.
Breeding Season 2013

Its been another warm July week here in South Dakota! The end of last week was quite hot but cooled down to the mid 70s this past weekend and it looks like it will stay mild through the upcoming weekend.

Last week we drove the summer calving cows to a fresh pasture over at our the west ranch. We will be synchronizing and breeding the cows with portable facilities at the west ranch. This past Tuesday we inserted CIDRs in all of the cows. On July 31st we will pull the CIDRs and breed the cows on Friday, August 2nd.


    



Last Monday we ultrasounded all of the replacement heifers that were AI bred for spring calving, and were also with a natural service sire for 30 days. We sorted off the open group of heifers and synchronized them to be re-AI bred for our summer calving program. This past Tuesday evening we AI bred that group of heifers and sorted them out of the chute into their natural service sire groups. Jordan Rhodes came up to help breed a few. Jordan and Craig Howard both helped Caleb, Mike and I continue to improve our AI technique. Here are some pictures from our evening AIing. 


    


          

Craig Howard pulled semen straws, loaded AI guns and kept the paperwork straight.

     

Caleb and Mike got to gain some AI experince today with Jordan and Craig Howard there to help if needed.


Each heifer was given a shot of GnRH after they were AI bred.

     

We had some great help making sure the heifers worked through the alley and into the chute. Caleb helped out back there when he was not AIing and Jordan brought his son Kameron along to help also.


Kameron also wanted to help dad out while he was AIing.



Next week we will talk about which sires we used AI and will be using for natural service on both the summer heifers and the summer cows!



June 19th - Natural Service Sires
Breeding Season 2013

Guess what time it is?

 

You guessed it, Haying season is upon us. Kenny has kept busy this past week cutting a portion of our alfalfa hay ground. So far we have cut around 200 acres of alfalfa and have around a 150 to go, along with a bunch of ground we will be cutting for grass hay a little later on in the summer.

      

Today Craig Howard, Mike and Jake set up the branding pen for this upcoming Friday. We are branding all of our summer calving pairs.


 

We are in the middle of our 45 day natural service breeding period for our spring calving cows. The cows were all AI bred then sorted into specific breeding pastures. The bulls were then turned into their respected pastures on June 3rd. Here are the bulls that we are using on the RAB cows. 



LSF Takeover 9943W 

Takeover is a proven calving ease sire and had the high selling sire group in our 2013 March production sale. 



Bieber Stormer Z433

Stormer was the high selling bull at our 2013 March Production Sale, Craig Bieber has said that Stormer stacks profitable traits in both his data and pedigree. He is co-owned by Scott Bachman and Accelerated Genetics. 



GMRA Peacemaker 1216

We like Peacemaker for his overall phenotype. His calves have outstanding performance and muscle mass. 


Peacemaker with a cow in his natural service group.



Bieber Rushmore Y106

Rushmore is out of Bieber Roosevelt W384, he combines calving ease with plenty of growth and muscle mass.


Bieber Rouse Samurai X22


Bieber Rouse Samurai X22 with a few cows in his natural service group.

Samurai was raised by one of our cooperaters Gene Rouse. He is our of a Boone daughter that is a moderate framed cow with a great udder. Samurai will add pounds and thickness to his calves. Semen is available through Select Sires.



LSF RAB Exclusive 2793Z

This is the bull we bought out of Ludvigson Stock Farms 2013 spring sale. He is out a the Nebula P707 son Brown Paramount X7879. We co-own this bull with Select Sires. 


Schuler Endurance 2101Z 

This is another bull we bought this spring out of the 2013 Schuler Red Angus spring sale. Enduracne is out of the Nebula P707 son Schuler Nebula P707 0050X. He is a moderate framed bull with a big scrotal and we expect him to add to the Bieber Red Angus progam.

   

Bieber 2nd Take Z156

2nd Take is a Takeover son that was sold on our 2013 March Sale to Gene Rouse and Mud Creek Reds. We liked this bull so much we are sampling him natural service. 



Our cows and calves look great out on pasture. They are really enjoying the tall green grass. We have been impressed with how the calves are growing and looking so far this year! Here are a few pictures:






Bieber Hard Drive heifer calf

       

Two heifer calves out of Bieber H Hughes W109


Bull calf out of Paringa Iron Ore E27


Bull calf out of Bieber Real McCoy Y124



June 5th - Sorting Pairs and Summer Calving Updates
Breeding Season 2013

It has been another cool rainy week here in South Dakota. The local radio station announced this morning that the 2013 spring season (March, April, May) in Aberdeen has set a record for the coolest average temperature. The previous record was set in 1950 with an average temperature of 37 degrees and the 2013 spring average temperature was a record setting 35 degrees. This past weekend when Craig Howard was up by Bruce and Lynnette Durheims ranch near Ellendale, North Dakota AI breeding a bunch of cows they noticed a few snowflakes, on June 1st! So it is good to know we have set a record this spring and were not just imagining the much cooler temperatures.

This upcoming Saturday we will breed the last bunch of Durheim cow which will mark the end of AI breeding our spring calving cowherd. The AI schedule that we worked through these past couple weeks along with a more detailed description of the Estrus Synchronization program we used this year can be found on the blog post from May 22nd.

The beginning of this week was filled with sorting the AI bred pairs into smaller bunches that are to be turned out with a natural service sire. As we mentioned in the past couple weeks blog posts the spring calving cowherd was divided into 5 groups: all of the 2 year old cow pairs, 2 groups of cow pairs located here on the ranch in Leola and 2 groups of Durheim cow pairs that are being bred and summered on Durheims ranch in Ellendale, ND.

At the ranch we sorted the 2 year old pairs last Saturday, the first group of cow pairs Monday and the final group of cows pairs Tuesday. We used the portable corral system that we had set up for AI breeding the 2 year old cows, to sort all three groups. Each sort day we gathered the entire group and walked them to the corral system. From there each guy sorting was given a list which listed each natural service sire and the cows that were to be turned out with each bull. The guys choose a group to start sorting, usually the largest group of the day is sorted first, and working on horseback with one guy on foot watching the gate they search for each cow on the list. They find both the cow and her calf, then walk the pair through the gate. The guy stationed on the gate has the job of keeping close records of which pairs have been sorted and periodically all of the guys will gather and check off the pairs that have been sorted. Once a whole natural service group has been sorted one or two guys walk the sorted group to pasture, while the remaining guys start sorting the next group. The remaining 2 groups of cow pairs that are being bred and summered at Durheims will be sorted into their natural service groups after the final group is AI bred this upcoming Saturday. 



Walking sorted groups to pasture



This past Monday we turned all of the natural service bulls out into the sorted bunches of cows. These bull were servicing replacement heifers, but were pulled last Friday. That gave the heifers a 30 period to be bred by the bull after being AI bred. Those 274 heifers are grouped together in a pasture and will be ultrasounded in 30-35 days. Anything that is ultrasounded as not bred will be sorted off and re bred with the summer calving cow herd around the beginning of August.

 

Summer Calving Update

About 140 cows out of the 165 summer calving cows have calved so far. We calve them out in the pasture. Here are some pictures of our newest additons:


    

    

         



This past weekend we said goodbye to our interns from South Africa, Scott Marwick and Steve Keyser. They have been here for the past year and we will miss them around the ranch! Scott and Steve are traveling around the western United States for 30days before they fly out of LAX bound for South Africa with a pit stop in New York City for 3 days. 

      

Safe Travels Scott and Steve!


AIing the Spring Calving Cows
Breeding Season 2013

This past week at BRAR has been filled with rainy weather and a lot of AIing. We are in the middle of AIing our Spring calving cow herd. We split the cowherd into 5 smaller groups, the 2 year old cows, two groups of RAB cows which are summered here on the ranch and 2 groups of Durheim cows which are summered back at Bruce and Lynnette Durheims ranch in Ellendale, ND. Each of these 5 groups were synchronized using a 7 day CIDR with a shot of GnRH when the CIDRs are inserted, a shot of Lutelyse when the CIDRs are pulled and another shot of GnRH when the cows are AI bred. The whole process beginning with the insertion of the CIDR to AIing the cows takes 10 days. After all of the spring calving cows are bred we will sort them out of their 5 AI bunches into smaller natural service groups and turn out the natural service sires. Next week we will talk about which sires we are using for natural service and how we sort the cows into their smaller natural service bunches.


Here is the schedule for AIing all of our Spring Calving cows:


May 18: Put CIDRs in the 2 year old cows

May 20: Put CIDRs in the 1st group of RAB cows

May 21: Put CIDRs in the 2nd group of RAB cows

May 22: Put CIDRs in the 1st group of Durheim cows

May 25: Pull CIDRs in the 2 year old cows

May 27: Pull CIDRs in the 1st group of RAB cows

May 28: Pull CIDRs in the 2nd group of RAB cows and Breed the 2 year old cows

May 29: Pull CIDRs in the 1st group of Durheim cows and put CIDRs in the 2nd group of Durheim cows

May 30: Breed the 1st group of RAB cows

May 31: Breed the 2nd group of RAB cows

June 1: Breed the 1st group of Durheim cows

June 5: Pull CIDRs in the 2nd group of Durheim cows

June 8: Breed the 2nd group of Durheim cows


Yesterday we AI bred the 2 year old bunch. Jordan Rhodes from Select Sires helps Craig Howard AI. Jordans brother Jackson Rhodes also comes and helps keep the paperwork straight and make sure we are breeding each cow to the correct predecided bull. He also helps Craig and Jordan pull semen straws and load AI guns. If you have questions about the AI technique you can read more about AIing cattle on Select Sires website

Here are some pictures of AIing the 2 year olds yesterday:

           

We bred the cows in the pasture with the our Wilson corral, portable chute and double alley and the portable breeding barn.

          

Jackson Rhodes makes sure that we are breeding each cow the the correct bull. A few weeks ago we talked about how we mate each cow here at BRAR.


Mike catches each cow before she enters the breeding barn and gives her a final shot of GnRH which helps facilitate ovulation within the cow.

          

Craig Howard and Jordan Rhodes are the main AI technicians although Mike, Jackson, Steve and Scott each practiced on a few cows to help them gain more AI experince. 


Mike and Jackson AIing. 

Today the guys were up at Durheims putting CIDRs in the second bunch of Durheim cows and this evening they will go back and pull CIDRs in the first bunch. The first bunch is set to be bred the coming Saturday and the second bunch will be bred next Saturday. The end of this week will be filled with AIing the two bunches of RAB cows and we will also start sorting cows into natural service groups!



Synchronizing the Spring Calving Cows
Breeding Season 2013

It has been a wonderfully rainy few days here in South Dakota! We got a few thunder storms Saturday night and it rained throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday. Ron reported that we got 3 inches of rain total. This will certainly help our pastures and we hope that our readers, customers and friends are getting the moisture they need this spring.

We are in the process of synchronizing the spring calving cows to be time AI bred in the upcoming weeks. The cows have been split into five bunches, the 2 year old cows, 2 bunches of RAB cows and 2 bunches of Durheim cows. The Durheim pairs have gone back to Bruce and Lynnettes for the summer, so a few of the guys go up to Ellendale and work those 2 bunches. The synchronization program we are using on all 5 bunches is a 7 day CIDR. We put the CIDR in and give the cows a shot of GnRH, the CIDRs are pulled 7 days later and a shot of Lutlyse is given, then 64 hours later the cows are AI bred and given a final shot of GnRH. Heres the breakdown of the upcoming breeding schedule:

May 18: Put CIDRs in the 2 year old cows

May 20: Put CIDRs in the 1st group of RAB cows

May 21: Put CIDRs in the 2nd group of RAB cows

May 22: Put CIDRs in the 1st group of Durheim cows

May 25: Pull CIDRs in the 2 year old cows

May 27: Pull CIDRs in the 1st group of RAB cows

May 28: Pull CIDRs in the 2nd group of RAB cows and Breed the 2 year old cows

May 29: Pull CIDRs in the 1st group of Durheim cows and put CIDRs in the 2nd group of Durheim cows

May 30: Breed the 1st group of RAB cows

May 31: Breed the 2nd group of RAB cows

June 1: Breed the 1st group of Durheim cows

June 5: Pull CIDRs in the 2nd group of Durheim cows

June 8: Breed the 2nd group of Durheim cows


Steve inserting a CIDR 


Mike giving a shot of GnRH


Scott, Skylar, and Cody working the tub and alley


This week Craig Howard, Craig and Ron Bieber have been busy in the office mating all of the cows. Each cow that is bred here at Bieber Red Angus is mated specifically to the bull that we feel will complement her EPDs, Pedigree and Phenotype the best.  To do that we use the computer program Cowsense along with a copy of each cows printed pedigree. In cowsense Craig  enters all of the cows Red Angus Association registration numbers into the RAA Animal Search feature and pulls up each cows current EPDs. He then does the same with each bull that we are using both AI and Natural Service. For each cow the program takes her EPD values and shows what her calfs EPDs would be if she were mated with each of the selected bulls. We use these future calf EPD values, but we also keep in mind each cows phenotype, and pedigree and use all of this information to choose the bull that is the best match for each cow. Although the process takes a few days to get through each cow that is going to be bred here on the ranch, we feel that by mating this way we are getting the most genetic potential out of our cattle than we would if we just bred them arbitrarily to an AI and Natural service sire. 


Here are the AI sires we are using this year on the cows, click on the bulls name to view more infromation:

Bieber Rollin Deep Y118

Basin EXT 8628

Bieber Hard Drive Y120

Bieber Stormer Z433

LSF RAB Exclusive 2793Z

Schuler Endurance 2101Z

Andras Fusion R236

Paringa Iron Ore E27



We will be sorting all of the AI bred cows into their natural service sire groups June 1st, 3rd and 4th. We will talk more about the natural service sires we are using and how we sort the pairs and take them out to pasture in a few weeks!  


Response 1
Saturday 1st of June 2013
Submitted by: Vonnie
WOW double WOW!

AI breeding the replacement heifers
Breeding Season 2013

Spring MIGHT be here, although any readers who woke up to snow this morning in southern South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska might dispute that statement. It is quite cool today here in Leola and its supposed to stay cool until the weekend, but we did get to miss out on this May snowstorm! The cows and calves that are in pastures close to the ranch are enjoying this nicer weather. They have pretty much abandoned the calf shelters, and are enjoying lying on dry ground.

 


 Last weekend was absolutely beautiful, with temperatures in the mid 70s and clear sunny skies. Last Saturday we branded and vaccinated all of the calves out of the spring calving cows, and gave the cows their breeding shots. The cows will be synchronized and set up to be bred AI around June 1st.



   

 

Monday the guys time AI bred all of the replacement heifers that we had synchronized. Craig Howard and Jordan Rhodes from Select Sires bred, and Jordans brother Jackson was helping load AI guns and keep the paperwork straight. After each of the heifers are bred we give them a shot of GnRH, which is Gonadotropin releasing hormone. GnRH is responsible for the release of the hormones FSH, follicle stimulating hormone and LH, luteinizing hormone, from the heifers hypothalamus. FSH and LH stimulate and facilitate ovulation in the heifer.  

   

Craig Howard breeding a heifer and Jackson keeping the paperwork straight.


Jordan giving each heifer a shot of GnRH after she has been AI bred.


We selectively mate each of the heifers to an AI sire and a natural service sire, we talked more in depth about that process last week. After the matings are determined Craig and Peggy organize all of the information on spreadsheets that have the heifers eartag number, the AI sire she is bred to, and the natural service sire. To save time and to handle the heifers less after they are AI bred we sort the heifers into their natural service sire groups right out of the chute. With portable free standing panels we made 9 smaller pens, one for each sire. The pens were labeled and color coded, the color code was also indicated on the paperwork. After the heifer is AI bred Jackson would tell Cody which natural sire she is bred to and he would open that particular pen and let her in.

  


 

After all the heifers were bred each sire group was put into a pen in our feedlot. The bulls will be turned out into the pens this Friday. Each group will stay in the pen with their natural service sire until 35 days after their AI date. If the grass had been growing throughout April we would have turned the heifers out to pasture before breeding them AI and then turned them out again with their natural service sire. Since the grass is not ready yet and we are still feeding them, we will keep them on the same diet in the feedlot until after the 35 day mark so we do not jeopardize any pregnancies by switching the heifers diets so soon after AI breeding them.


We hope that the weather is nice and springlike wherever you are, and that calving/breeding is going well. If you are looking for some great sires to use AI, consider 


Mating our Replacement Heifers
Breeding Season 2013

Next Monday we are AI breeding all of the replacement heifers. This week we are focusing on the sires we plan to use on the heifers this year and how we mate each heifer.



Our 270 replacement heifers are synchronized using the 14 day CIDR method. CIDRs were inserted on April 3rd and removed them 14 days later. On Friday we will run all of the heifers through the chute and give them a shot of Lutalyse. On Monday we will time breed all of the heifers and give them a shot of GnRH. Today Craig, Craig Howard and Ron sat down and worked on mating all of the heifers. We mate all of the females at Bieber Red Angus based on EPDs. Through our computer system CowSense Craig is able to enter all of the replacement heifers Red Angus Association registration numbers into the RAA Animal Search and pull up each replacement heifers current EPDs. He then does the same with all of the bulls we are planning to use both AI and Natural service.



For each replacement heifer the program takes her EPD values and shows what her calfs EPDs would be if she were mated with each of the selected bulls. Craig, Craig Howard and Ron then choose the best EPD match for an AI sire and the best match for a Natural service sire. We also print out
each of the replacement heifers full pedigrees and make sure the bulls we have chosen AI and Natural service, dont have any common relatives with the heifer. As we work through the matings we keep track of how many heifers we have bred AI and natural service for each bull. Yearling bulls will get 25-30 heifers to cover natural service and older bulls get around 50 heifers. Heres the list of bulls we are using on our heifers this year:



Bieber Hard Drive Y120: 2013 AI Sire


  

A bull and heifer calf on the ground this year out of Bieber Hard Drive Y120.

Hard Drive was bought by Select Sires off of our March Production Sale in 2012. We sampled this bull last year and his calves are low birthweight and look really good. Semen is available through Select Sires.


Bieber H Hughes W109: 2013 AI Sire


  

Bull and Heifer Calves out of Bieber H Hughes

Hughes sold on our 2010 Production sale to Jeffries Land and Cattle. We sampled Hughes in 2010 and didnt end up using him in 2011. After we saw how his few calves from 2010 grew up and his updated EPDs we realized the mistake we made! We used him heavy in 2012 and plan to use him hard this year too. Hughes calves are low birthweight with lots growth and style. Semen is available through Bieber Red Angus.


Pardinga Iron Ore E27: 2013 AI Sire


  

2013 Bull and Heifer calf out of Iron Ore E27

Iron Ore E27 resides in Australia and was introduced to us last year through Leachman Cattle of Colorado. We are excited by the look of his calves on the ground. They are calving ease along with plenty of growth and style. 


Bieber Stormer Z433: 2013 AI Sire

We sold this bull last March to Accelerated Genex and Bachman Red Angus and are sampling his this year. 


Bieber  Rushmore Y106: 2013 AI and Natural Service Sire

This bull sold on our 2012 March Sale. Ludvigson Stock Farms used him in 2012 and we are sampling him this year both AI and Natural Service.


Schuler Endurance 2101Z: 2013 AI and Natural Service Sire





We purchased this bull in March from Schuler Red Angus.He is a son out of Schuler Nebula 0050 who is a son of the popular Nebula P707. He has impressive ultrasound ratios, impressive growth numbers and low birthweight.   



Bieber Rouse Samurai X22: 2013 Natural Service Sire



  

2013 Samurai Bull Calves

We have used Samurai hard for 2 years now, his calves are always calving ease and grow well. We sold his first set of sons on the March production sale this year. Samurai semen is available through Select Sires.


 LSF Takeover 9943W: 2013 Natural Service Sire




2013 Takeover Bull Calf


We bought the natural service rights for Takeover and had our first calves out of him in 2012. The calves are always calving ease and the calves out of Takeover have excellent carcass numbers. We are using two sons out of Takeover this year as Natural Service Sires this year.



GMRA Peacemaker 1216: 2013 Natural Service Sire


  

2013 Peacemaker Bull and heifer calf 

We purchased Peacemaker with Accelerated Genetics from Green Mountain Red Angus in 2012. We sampled him last year and his first calves are on the ground. Semen is available through Accelerated Genetics.


Bieber Take 2, Bieber Secondtake, Rouse Olaf Z104: 2013 Natural Service Sires

All three of these yearling sires sold this year on our March Production Sale. We are using them all Natural Service. Take 2 and Secondtake are both Takeover sons and Olaf is an Oly son. 


LSF RAB Exclusive 2793Z: 2013 Natural Service Sire


We bought this sire with Select Sires a few weeks ago from Ludvigson Stock Farms. Exclusive is out of the Nebula P707 son, Brown Paramount X7879. We are excited to see what this bull has to offer.


We are excited to see the calves out of these great herd sires. If you have any questions about our herd sires or would like help choosing the best Bieber sire for your females, feel free to contact Craig Bieber 605/439-3628 or Craig Howard 605/377-3128. Bieber Red Angus sells semen out of many of our herd sires, to purchase semen contact the office 605/439-3628. Also stop by our facebook page and Like us!



 


 
         
         
       
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