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Calving Season 2013 is HERE
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This past week our heifers went from calving to CALVING! We are in full swing now and have around 70 brand new calves, which puts us about halfway through calving out the heifers. Things have been going really well; currently we are one calf over 100%. We have been impressed with the calves out of our two newest sires that we used last year AI, Paringa Iron Ore E27 and Bieber Real McCoy Y124. Paringa Iron Ore E27 looks like he will be a sure fire calving ease sire. Both his and Real McCoys calves are really hearty and look great. We look forward to seeing how the calves from these new sires grow and develop!

Here is a look at the new additions here at Bieber Red Angus!

 

 

 



This past week we have also started getting ready for Bieber Fever IV our annual spring production sale which will be held here at the ranch on Thursday, March 7th. Last Wednesday and Thursday we lotted all of the sale cattle. At the beginning of the fedding period we sort the bulls into 4 feeding pens based on weight. We then adjust these pens throughout the feeding period as the bulls grow and change. When we lot the bulls we run one pen at a time down to the sorting pen. Then we sort the top ten or so bulls off of the bunch and looking at the bulls both phenotypically and looking at their data we lot the bulls from what we feel is the top end to the bottom end. We use the same process to sort the heifers and bred cows as well. On Friday we also had Lacey Caffee from LC Promotions here taking pictures of the top lots. The temperatures were a little chilly all last week and although it has warmed up a bit we got a pretty big dose of the white stuff earlier this week!  


Response 1
Wednesday 30th of January 2013
Submitted by: Lois
thanks Lindley I feel better just knowing what is happening...

Taking Yearling Weights and the Start of the Calving Season
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It has been a busy week here at Bieber Red Angus. We finished clipping all of the sale bulls, heifers and fall calving cows. For more information and pictures about the clipping process view last weeks blog post.

Last Friday we weighed the bulls off of test, where we took yearling weights, hip heights and scrotal measurements.  The yearling weights are then adjusted to a 365 day weights which are then figured into the bulls Yearling Weight EPD, and the adjusted weights are then used to determine the yearling weight ratios. The yearling weight ratio compares a bulls yearling weight to that of another bull within his contemporary group. Remember that ratios can only be used to compare animals within their contemporary group. So you cant compare a Bieber Red Angus bulls yearling weight ratio to the ratio of a bull from another breeder.  We talked more about ratios in a blog post from November 2012 called, Getting the Most out of the Catalog Data click here for the link then scroll down.

Following are a few pictures explaining our process. Scott brings about 5 head from the holding pen up to the working alley/chute. Once they are all in the alley then he goes back for five more. 

 

Our working chute has a scale built in so before we start gathering measurements Peggy gets the bulls weight.



Here we are taking the hip height of the bull in the working chute. We have the measurements marked on the side of the working chute and use a level across the top of hips and record the hip height in inches.

        


While the bulls are in the chute we also take their scrotal measurement. We use a scrotal tape measure that is placed around the center of the scrotum to get the measurement in centimeters. It can sometimes be a dirty job! You can also see the hip height scale in the pictures above.





The 2013 calving season has started at RAB. So far we have had 8 new baby calves, sired by VGW Oly 903 and Paringa Iron Ore E27. We are also expecting calves out of our heifers sired by Bieber Rouse Samurai X22, Real McCoy Y124, Bieber H Hughes W109, Beckton Epic R397, Bieber Outrider W388, LSF Takeover 9943W, GMRA Peacemaker 1216 and Bieber Hard Drive Y120

  

So far the calving season is off to a good start despite the very chilly temperatures that set in this past weekend. Monday we had a high of -4 with a windchill that took our temps down into the -15 or -20 range. We hope your calving season starts in a little bit warmer temperatures! 





Clipping Bulls and Preparing for Calving Season
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Well it is that time of year again last week we moved all of the cows off of cornstalks and sorted the spring calving cows off of the summer calving cows and moved the springs closer to headquarters. 

 

 


Our bred replacement heifers have been close for a few weeks now and they are set to start calving February 3rd



This past week we put the finishing touches on the calving barn repairs/improvements and we got fresh straw spread and ready for newborn calves.


We are currently in the process of clipping the March production sale bulls, open heifers and Fall calving cows.

   

The guys clean the bulls up by combing and blowwing out any dirt/straw.

         

The cattle then move up into our portable double ally which we used to shave the bulls head

 

We then trim the bulls body hair with a propane torch, then we clip the hair along the topline and tail.


All done. The hair will then blend naturally and look great by video, picture, and sale time!


We would like to thank Jerry Jeffries/Jeffries Land and Cattle for all 50 units of Rollin Deep Y118 semen which brought $325 a unit on the Mile High Classic Sale this past Sunday. We are excited to see our first Rollin Deep calves this spring! Thanks again Jerry!




Response 1
Saturday 19th of January 2013
Submitted by: L & R
Looks good we are enjoying keeping up what is happening at home!!! We are soaking up the heat.
 
Response 2
Monday 21st of January 2013
Submitted by: Vonnie DeVries
Great blog about your animals! The photos of the beef are really nice to look at. Good job, Lindley

Rollin Deep Y118 semen available only at the Mile High Classic Sale Jan. 13th
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Coming up on January 13th is the 2013 Mile High Classic Red Angus Auction, in the yards at the National Western in Denver. On the sale we will be selling 50 units, 5 packages of 10 units of Rollin Deep Y118 semen.


Bieber Rollin Deep Y118

 


We cannot remember the last time we were this excited about a new sire as we are about Rollin Deep Y118. Performance in a stout package! Rollin Deep ranks in the top 7% for WW, top 9% for YW, top 3% for TM, top 7% for marbling, 7% for CW and top 15% for REA. He posted big ratios for all growth and carcass traits. He is good footed, stout from any angle and held his flesh really well while breeding this summer in Canada. Let Rollin Deep speak for himself in this video.

Rollin Deeps pedigree contains some of the breeds most elite cattle from top to bottom.  Rollin Deep is the first calf out of 399W Bieber Tilly who posted MPPA 106. After this outstanding first calf we are she is currently in our flush pen and we have high hopes for her future. The Tilly cowline always rises to the top when we are talking about top sires and dams at Bieber Red Angus. Bieber Tilly 7334 has put countless daughters our flush pen, simply because she never misses. We could breed Tilly 7334 to any sire and you will consistently get an outstanding calf a trait that Tilly 7334 has passed down to her daughters.  The bottom side of his pedigree with sires like Bieber Boone 8000, Bieber Straight Arrow and RITO 1I2 and RITO 6I6 you are sure to get cattle that have great disposition, growth and carcass quality.

The top side of Rollin Deeps pedigree starts off with Bieber Roosevelt W384, who is the complete package. He has a super disposition, nice deep flank along with amply growth and carcass data. He was our pick of the 2009 calf crop and we sampled him heavily in 2010. His calves were some of the best in the 2011 calf crop and we have continued using him heavily both AI and natural service. The top side of Rollin Deeps pedigree continues with other breed cornerstones like Bieber Rough Rider 10712, Basin Trendsetter 6074 and Bieber Adelle 8958. Bieber Adelle 8958, like Tilly 7334, was one of the best and most used donor cows we have ever had. Together they have produced countless active daughters whose calves consistently rise to the top every year. Adding a calf out of Rollin Deep to your herd is sure to result a powerful, growthy calf with a lot of maternal potential!

At the 2013 Mile High Classic Red Angus Auction we will be selling 50 units, 5 packages of 10 units of Rollin Deep Y118 semen. These 50 units of semen will be the only Rollin Deep semen sold in the USA in 2013. The highest bidder on the first package of 10 units of semen will have the option to purchase all 50 units. If this buyer does not take all 50 units then the remaining semen will be auctioned in packages of 10 units and the highest bidder will have the option to buy the remaining semen.  At the 2012 Canadian Agribition 60 units of Rollin Deep semen sold at auction brought an average of $325 a unit. To view a full sale catalog for the 2013 Mile High Classic follow this linkFeel free to contact either Craig Bieber, Bieber Red Angus 605-216-8169 or Silver Spur Ranch / Encampment, WY Thad York, GM & Cheramie Viator, Marketing / 979-777-9419 for more information on Rollin Deep Y118, and remember this is your only chance to purchase Rollin Deep semen in 2013, do not get left behind!

Also at the Mile High Classic Red Angus, J L Jeffries/ Jeffries Land and Cattle Sale is selling one heifer Lot 2 and two Embryo packages Lots 27 and 28 out of Bieber Hughes W109. Check out the Mile High Classic catalog for more information.


Bieber Hughes W109





Red Angus 2013 EPD Updates
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We hope that this Christmas season has brought joy to you and your family. As 2012 ends we want to thank all of our friends and customers for their continued support of the RAB brand, we are excited to see were 2013 takes us and the great cattle that we will have to offer in the upcoming year!

This past week the Red Angus Association has updated the EPD (Expected Progeny Differences) values for all animals based on the 2012 data from each sire and dams progeny. An animals EPD values for various traits are expected to change from one calf crop to another as more progeny data is obtained. Each EPD has a corresponding accuracy value which is the measure of reliability of an EPD. Accuracy values are reported as decimal numbers between zero and one. Values closer to one indicate larger amounts of available information and therefore greater certainty that a bulls EPDs will not change significantly as more progeny information becomes available.  

As accuracy of a trait increases the value of that certain EPD will be expected to change less. This can be seen in the Red Angus Associations Possible Change Table. A possible change value is an estimation of the
change potential in trait units for a given EPD. Two-thirds of the time the
updated EPD is expected to stay within this range. For Example Bieber Roosevelt W384 has a Yearling Weight EPD of 80 with an accuracy score of .60. After his EPDs are updated with added progeny information his updated Yearling Weight EPD is expected to fall within the range of 70-90 (this is plus or minus 10).  This example can be seen on the Possible Change Table at the end of this post. The Possible Change Table along with the explaination from the Red Angus Association can be seen here.

After the Red Angus Association updates the EPD values the Percentile Rank for the breed will also change with the addition of new animals that have performance records. The Percentile Rank Chart for the Red Angus breed can be seen here.

There are many great resources available if you want to read or understand EPDs more. Two good articles you can refer to are the Red Angus Associations Ranchers Guide to EPDs or EPD Basics and Definitions by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extention


This past week around the ranch we have moved our Replacement Bred Heifers back to headquarters from pasture that is about 7 miles away. They are set to start calving around February 1st. We hope everyone had a great New Years celebration! 


EPD Possible Change Table

ACC

CED

BW

WW

YW

MILK

ME

HPG

CEM

STAY

MARB

YG

CW

REA

FAT

0.0

9

3.0

16

26

12

3

11

9

7

0.26

0.20

19

0.43

0.04

0.1

8

2.7

15

23

11

2

10

8

6

0.23

0.18

17

0.39

0.04

0.2

7

2.4

13

21

10

2

9

7

5

0.21

0.16

15

0.34

0.03

0.3

6

2.1

11

18

8

2

8

6

5

0.18

0.14

14

0.3

0.03

0.4

5

1.8

10

15

7

2

7

5

4

0.16

0.12

12

0.26

0.02

0.5

4

1.5

8

13

6

1

6

4

3

0.13

0.10

10

0.22

0.02

0.6

3

1.2

7

10

5

1

4

4

3

0.10

0.08

8

0.17

0.02

0.7

3

0.9

5

8

4

1

3

3

2

0.08

0.06

6

0.13

0.01

0.8

2


 
         
         
       
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