The weather has been absolutely beautiful this past week
here in Leola! The grass has turned green and with temperatures in the mid 70s
for the past couple days, it will not be long before it starts really growing. This past week at the ranch was quite low key.
Craig and Peggy had the opportunity to attend the Kentucky Derby and it sounded
like they had a wonderful trip despite the rain on Derby Day. Ron and Lois also
spent the week away in Chicago visiting their grandchildren.
Here at the ranch the summer cows have started calving.
We have just a few calves on the ground so far. Both the cows and the guys are really enjoying
calving out in the pasture. To process the baby calves we carry a toolbox with the
scale, tags, sire breeding paperwork, and calving book. Here are a few shot of the newest additions at Bieber Red Angus
Processing newborn calves out in the pasture
Back at the beginning of February Craig, Peggy, Craig
Howard and I traveled to the Wessington Springs, South Dakota area and visited Larry
and Paulette Olson who have been great Bieber Red Angus customers. We wanted to
spotlight their operation on our blog and are planning to spotlight other great
beef producers and customers throughout the year.
Larry and Paulette Olson ranch northwest of Wessingtion Springs and have been ranchering their entire life. Larry got his
start about 40 years ago in a combination of purchasing his own cows and taking
over for his father. Larry started off with Gelvieh females and started using
Red Angus bulls. He decided to start using Red Angus bulls to downsize his
cattle, improve the udder quality and the look of his cattle. Happy with the outcome Larry purchased around
25 head of Red Angus females to add to his herd and kept his replacement
heifers, breeding them back Red Angus. His herd today has a high percentage of
Red Angus genetics.
Craig Howard, Larry Olson and Craig Bieber looking through the cows at Larrys ranch, above and his bred replacement heifers, below.
We enjoyed our morning looking through Larrys cow herd. He has done a great job and has moderate nicely balanced and conditioned females. Larry started calving his AI bred heifers on April 1st, and his cows on April 20th. He reports that he has had a great calving season so far and is at 100%.
In 2008 Larry purchased his first bulls from Bieber Red
Angus. He had heard about the ranch through advertisements, and from other
producers who had seen RAB cattle and/or done business with RAB. He was impressed with the ranchs attention to
EPDs and quiet disposition in the sale bulls. Larry also mentioned that he
likes the relationship that he has developed with Craig and appreciates how
dedicated RAB is to customer service and satisfaction. After purchasing his
first bull he returns to the production sale each year for high quality Red Angus
Bieber bulls wintering at Larry Olsons ranch.
We appreciate Larry and Paulettes contiuned support of our program and are happy to see our genetics at work in a great program! Thank You for your hospitality during our visit!
Larry, Paulette Olson and their son