Sale Week is Here
Bieber Fever III - November 30, 2012
Sale Week is here, we are excited to see everyone at the sale but the days leading up to the sale are packed with activity!
A few things that you will need to know if you are planning on attending/watching the sale, have never bought cattle from us before, or have never been to a Bieber Red Angus Ranch sale before
1.The sale starts at and Sale order is catalog order!
2.There are many tools available to help you preview the livestock, check out the videos! Please read pages 1-3 of the catalog carefully it contains all of our policies and lots of important information regarding what happens after you purchase a sale lot.
3.The cattle are available for preview on Thursday, November 29th and for preview before the sale starting at .
4.On Sale Day we will have rolls and coffee available by , Lunch will be served at and on the menu this year is Hot Beef Sundaes with a cherry (tomato) on top!
5.Everyone is invited to a strip loin supper at Ron and Lois house after the sale. We are serving Meyer Natural Angus Strip Loin.
If you want to buy but cannot make it to the ranch on sale day there are many options available for you.
1.DVAuction: Our sale is broadcast live over the internet through DVAuction Services to bid over the internet there is a two-step process that you need to complete. First you will need to register at www.dvauction.com follow this link to the registration page, or you can register by calling 402/474-5557. Then Apply for Bidding by selecting the Bieber Red Angus Sale and clicking Apply. Please refer to page 3 of the catalog for more information.
2. Conference Calling: There is a conference call available which can accommodate 20-30 bidders. We ask that you call ahead of time and register as a perspective buyer with Craig or Peggy, but we do warn that in the past we have occasionally had problems with the phone services. If you plan to bid via phone please call and make arrangements prior to sale day with Craig or Peggy at 605/439-3628.
3.If you feel comfortable you can also call and leave your bids with Craig Bieber, Craig Howard, or any of the publication representatives located on page 1 of the sale catalog, all of the relevant phone numbers are also located on page 1. We handle many sight unseen bids and have very satisfied customers who feel confident in using this convenient service. You need to visit with us about the cattle you may be interested in for our sight unseen guarantee to be valid.
The last important reminder is that for the last couple years we have switched to selling the lots off of the videos that can be viewed at this link. This means that the lots will not be run through a sale ring but all the cattle available for viewing at the ranch right next to the salebarn. We have large video screens set up that show the video of the particular lot and their catalog information. We switched over to this format because we feel it keeps both the cattle and on the sale crew calmer and really makes the sale run smooth! It is important to remember this though so you plan enough time on sale day to preview the lots or tomorrow Thursday, November 29th.
Here are a few pictures of us getting the ranch ready for sale day!
Kenny is spreading straw so Craig Howard can set up the panels to make the sale pens. Below is Mike and Steve cleaning out the shop getting it ready for sale day.
Steve and Scott have been busy moving the registered sale cattle around and making room for the groups of commercial heifers from Rick and Shelly Ammann, Greg and Erica Kracht , and Gene and Doretta Raap which arrived at the ranch on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here are some of the commercial heifers arriving at the ranch.
Today we are also bringing the SEC Partnership heifers home from cornstalks that they have been grazing west of Leola. Here is some pictures of Belle, helping move the heifers home.
We hope to see everyone on Friday at the ranch for the Bieber Fever III Sale! If you have not had a chance to look at the catalog or the sale lot videos it is not too late to check them out. Also if you cannot attend the sale but are interested in some of the lots available for sale please contact Craig or Peggy 605/439-3628 and they can help you choose an absentee bidding option that you feel comfortable with. See you Friday!
Getting the Most out of the Catalog Data
Bieber Fever III - November 30, 2012
The Bieber Fever III Sale is just a week away! We have been busy getting the lots ready. We are in the processes of re-pregnancy testing all of the bred females to ensure that they are still bred and nothing has happened to the pregnancy since the initial pregnancy testing. We also lot tagged those females while we had them in the chute. This past week Ashley Vet Clinic also came down and gave each of the 2 year old bulls their breeding soundness exam and we took the scrotal measurements at that time. By the end of this week we hope to have some of the sale pens set up so all the cattle will be sorted and ready for preview by next Thursday, November 29th.
By now hopefully everyone has received their catalogs and has had some time to go through all of the different lots. If you did not get a catalog in the mail it is available online HERE along with pictures of some of the sale lots. Video of all of the sale lots is also available for view HERE.
We offer a ton of data in our catalog to help you choose the females and bulls that will best suit the needs of your cattle and operation. If you need a refresher on what the different EPDs mean and how to use each trait to help you select cattle please refer to page 52 of the catalog which explains what each of the EPDs mean. Page 51 in the catalog is an excerpt also from the Red Angus Association of Americas FREE 8 page flyer, Ranchers Guide to EPDs. For the full flyer and a more in depth look at EPDs follow thislink.
While looking at the EPDs for the sale cattle in this offering keep in mind that you can see the breed averages for the relevant groups at the bottom of each page. You can also use this chart from the Red Angus Association that shows not only the averages but also the minimum and maximum range for each of the traits.
This chart can help you determine where the animal that you are considering falls on the range. This chart and other EPD tools are available on the Red Angus Association website. You can also look use the published percent rank that is shown beneath each animas EPDs in the catalog, with the average animal being 50% and the best 1%. There is also a chart that describes the percent rank on page 51 in the catalog!
Birth weight, weaning weight and yearling weight ratios are also great tools that you can use when deciding between two bulls. Ratios determine where the bull falls in relation to the other bulls in that particular contemporary group or in other words where one Bieber Red Angus 2 year old bull ranks in relation to another Bieber Red Angus 2 Year old bull. The difference between a ratio and an EPD is that you can use an EPD to compare a Bieber bull with a bull from another sale but a ratio can only be used to accurately compare two Bieber bulls. When you are looking at ratios remember that 100 describes an average bull in that contemporary group and above 100 is an above average bull.
Another ratio that can be used to compare two cows is MPPA, Most Probable Producing Abilities. MPPA is a formula that estimates the cows future productivity based on her past productivity of weaning ratios and the number of progeny. So a cow that has produced a number of calves all with above average weaning ratios, will have an above average MPPA. So a cow with a MPPA of 100 is an average cow within her contemporary group and a cow with an MPPA of above 100 is an above average cow within her contemporary group. Remember you can only use MPPA to compare two cows within the same contemporary group; a cow with an MPPA of 102 on one ranch may be a lot different than a cow with an MPPA of 102 on a different ranch!
Hopefully this post has given you a few tips about what to look for when you are trying to compare animals within the catalog. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the sale on November 30th. Remember that all the animals will be penned and available for preview on Thursday November 29th. Next Wednesday we will talk more about setting up for the sale and what to expect if you are coming to the Bieber Red Angus sale! We hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Tips for Setting Up and Videoing Cattle
Ranch Quick Tips
Welcome back, we have been busy this past week! The catalog and sale pictures are available online please stop by and check it out. We are also now on Facebook so please stop by and Like our page to get updates quickly!
This past week we have taken video of all the sale lots, some of those videos are available today and the rest will be available by Friday, November 15th, make sure to check them out!! We use cattle videos for a variety of purposes including sale preview, promotions and also in the recent years we have switched our sale over to selling the lots over video instead of running them through a sale ring. So getting a quality video of the cattle is very important! The biggest key to getting quality video is to have the pen set up correctly. We use the very talented Marc Hotchkiss to take our videos and while he was here we asked him to give our readers some helpful hints to use if they setting up a pen to take video of their cattle.
The three keys to being set up to make a great video is, the right pen size, a good backdrop and the right people there to help you take the video. The video pen that we use is approximately 35 feet wide by 55 feet long. It is made out of freestanding steel panels, a wooden windbreak backdrop and fresh straw on the ground. Here is a picture of our set-up.
The size that you make your video pen is a key part of making a great finished product. If you make the video pen to short and/or narrow it will make taking video awkward and the finished product choppy. Also if the pen is excessively long or wide large it can work from a video quality standpoint, but it will require more people to help move the animal around a large pen and without the right help a large pen can add a lot of extra (wasted) time to the videoing process. The best pen design allows the videographer to stand a comfortable distance away from the cattle, and allows the cattle to walk in a long natural line.
The second portion of setting up the pen is the backdrop you choose. A great backdrop is neutral and does not detract from the cattle. Common backdrops that work well are stacked bales and a clean wooden or solid fence. Tarps are ok if you have to cover some sort distracting/messy area but they tend to cause a glare or flap around in the breeze both of which are distracting in the video and detract from the cattle.
The last and possibly most important aspect of setting up for videoing is making sure you have the right people there to help. They should be calm, quiet and used to being around and handling cattle. Making a great video takes some finesse. You should have people who understand how to move and stop cattle without making too much noise or sudden jumpy movements. A crew that understands how to work cattle quietly will make videoing a quick and painless process!
We hope that these few quick hints will help you when you go to set up your video pen. Be sure to check out the sale cattle videos and the catalog!
About our New Ranch Blog Author
Welcome to our ranch blog! When Bieber Red Angus first designed this newer website a few years ago we added the ranch blog section, but with a hectic schedule and other commitments it was hard for Craig to post regularly. So my name is Lindley Howard and I have taken over writing for the ranch blog. We would like to maintain a better connection with our friends and customers through a mix of posts that include updates about what is happening here on the ranch, and a look behind the scenes at many of the ranching practices we use throughout the year. We are planning to add a new post to the blog every Wednesday so be sure to check in!
Here is a little about the author:
My name is Lindley Howard (formerly Harrington). I grew up in northern Michigan and started my affiliation with Biebers when I bought my first Red Angus heifer 9672 from their sale in 2005, who still resides on my parents farm today.
My youngest sister Madeline with 9672 this year at the Marion Fair and 9672 with her bull calves from the past two years.
My parents farm in Michigan has around 50 cows mostly Simmental and Angus crossed cattle, we raised their calves and showed them at some state shows and 3 county fairs. Throughout my 4-H days I not only showed cattle but also showed horses, swine and sheep. So you could say that attending Michigan State University and majoring in animal science was a natural choice for me. During the summer between my sophomore and junior years at Michigan State I had the opportunity to come back to Leola, SD and work for Bieber Red Angus as an intern. That first summer I learned a lot about cattle handling, Red Angus Pedigrees and that I liked the cowboss Craig Howard. All in all it was a really great summer and I came back the next summer between my junior and senior years. That summer I learned how to rope, that branding was my favorite time of year on the ranch and that I really enjoyed being newly engaged to Craig Howard. So you guessed it after I graduated in December 2010, I moved to Leola.
Me and my border collie Jazz with Sparty on campus at Michigan State and at the Purebred Beef Barn where I worked for 2 years.
Craig and I were married on September 9th of 2011 and am happy to report that we are enjoying our new life together! I work full-time for hog operation north of Leola, Craig of course is the cowboss at Bieber Red Angus. We live here on the ranch with a small pack of border collies and kitties.
I am very excited to start writing ranch blog posts and hope you will stick with me as I learn more about writing and uploading these posts (remember I am an Animal Science major not an English major!). See you next Wednesday!
Wednesday 7th of November 2012
Submitted by: Vonnie
YEA! I like it Lindley, good job.
Wednesday 7th of November 2012
Submitted by: Ann Harrington
What a wonderful blog. I am TOTALLY ignorant of anything to do with Red Angus Cattle and very much the small town person and now suburban life person on the outskirts of Melbourne Victoria in Australia. We do have one friend who is a dairy farmer and for almost thirty years we have attended his family's annual BBQ. Your Uncle Dave would always volunteer to help with the milking. I stayed in the kitchen.
Other than this exposure, we have hardly ever been on a farm period. I certainly never grew up with animals. In fact, I have always been a little afraid of animals. So I think this increases my admiration of people who are so comfortable with animals.
You know I love genealogy and so many of the early peoples of America were farmers of various kinds. I have a huge admiration for people who have stayed in touch with the land and who have remained to a large degree more self sufficient in comparison.
I already am finding that I love the idea of a blog and learning more about your life and the life of running a ranch in South Dakota. You are the first person I have ever known who lives in South Dakota.
Thanks for linking me into your blog. I will certainly look forward to learning more details about breeding Red Angus cattle. I love your photos as well. They depict a different dimension than words. Have fun running your blog.
Thursday 8th of November 2012
Submitted by: Sherry Brandi
Like your Blog and looking forward to more :o)
Thursday 8th of November 2012
Submitted by: Lois
Looks good to me... I like the paragraphs and then a picture and so on.
Friday 30th of November 2012
Submitted by: Renee Kutchan
Nice job with the website Lindley - lot's of great information and personable.
Wednesday 5th of December 2012
Submitted by: Tom and Amy Patterson
Great job Lindley the blog looks great!
Saturday 23rd of February 2013
Submitted by: Sherryl Isley
Lindley, I am a friend of the Bieber family from Springville al. I will be coming to branding in June and am looking forward to spending a few days on the ranch. Your blog sounds interesting and I will look forward to reading them. I love the pic of you and Craig. You are a handsome couple. I look forward to meeting you when I come in June. Have a blessed day and keep up the good work.