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Breeding Soundness Exams
Bieber Fever IV - March 7th, 2013

Beiber Fever IV is a week away, March 7th will be here before we know it! The catalog is available on our website on the March Production Sale page. If you have any questions about any of the lots or would like help choosing a bull or female that will fit your program please feel free to call either Craig Bieber 605-439-3628 or Craig Howard 605-377-3128. The weatherman is still predicting temperatures in the high 20s and 30s for sale week, hopefully they are right!

Yesterday and today our vets from Ashley Vet Clinic in Ashley, North Dakota have been here giving all of the sale bulls their breeding soundness exams as well as bangs vaccinating the commercial heifer lots that are on the sale.

    

Marlene and Dr. Jenny Muckey giving the commercial heifers their bangs vaccination and the cooresponding tattoo. Below are some of the commerical heifers available on March 7th! 

    

A breeding soundness exam includes a general physical examination, a detailed examination of the bulls reproductive system including a scrotal measurement and an evaluation of the bulls semen. During the reproductive system examination the vet first examines the conformation, size and tone of the scrotum and testicles. She then takes a scrotal measurement. 


Research has shown a positive relationship between scrotal circumference and male reproductive traits such as the number of normal spern, sperm concentration, sperm motility, total daily sperm production and number of cows settled in a specific time. The minimum scrotal circumference industry requirement, established by the Society for Theriogenology, for a 12-14 month old bull is 30cm. We have worked hard to select for increased scrotal circumference here at Bieber Red Angus. All of the sale bulls scrotal data will be available in the supplement sheet which will be posted online next week and copies will be available on sale day.

Examination of the internal reproductive organs involves rectal palpation of the seminal vesicular gland, internal portions of the vas deferens, prostate gland and the internal portion of the penis. To examine the fully extended penis as well as get a semen sample the vet uses electro-ejaculation.  

    

To evaluate semen quality the collected sample is examined with a microscope to determine overall and individual sperm motility and the percent of normal sperm. Both motility and morphology of the sperm are positively correlated to pregnancy rates. To examine morphology the vet stains the sample and views it under a microscope. The minimum industry standards for bull semen are to have over 70 percent normal sperm in a sample with 30 percent of the sperm being progressively motile.

The breeding soundness exam determines if the bull is anatomically able to produce viable semen and breed a cow, however it is not guaranteed. Some of the bulls may be to young to produce a good semen sample and some bulls are harder get a semen sample out of than others. We retest all of the bulls that we cannot get a sample on or that give us a poor sample before the sale. However we always recommend that the customer has another breeding soundness exam done before you turn the bull out in the spring. Video of the sale lots should be posted anytime now, keep checking back for a link on our home page!    

The breeding soundness exam determines if the bull is anatomically able to produce viable semen and breed a cow, however it is not guaranteed. Some of the bulls may be to young to produce a good semen sample and some bulls are harder get a semen sample out of than others. We retest all of the bulls that we cannot get a sample on or that give us a poor sample before the sale. However we always recommend that the customer has another breeding soundness exam done before you turn the bull out in the spring. Video of the sale lots should be posted anytime now, keep checking back for a link on our home page!


Collecting Ultrasound Data for the Sale Bulls and Heifers
Bieber Fever IV - March 7th, 2013

It has been a wintery past week here in Leola, but the early weather reports say that it should be 30s and sunny on March 7th for Bieber Fever IV, lets hope they are right! By now hopefully everyone has received their catalog for our March production sale, Bieber Fever IV, if you did not receive a catalog in the mail and would like one please call our office 605-439-3628. The catalog is also available on our website under the March Production sale page. Please feel free to contact Craig Bieber 605-439-3628 or Craig Howard 605-377-3128 if you have any questions about the lots or would like help choosing a bull that will maximize your program.

We started taking video of the lots last Wednesday; we had planned to be done videoing by Friday but ran into some bad weather. We took some more video yesterday and plan to finish up on Thursday. Going with the flow of Old Man Winter is sort of a must when you live in this area! The video we take of all the sale lots will be available for view, hopefully, by next Wednesday, February 27th on our website. We use video not only for our customers to preview but also for our sale. We sell all the lots using their video which is projected on three large TVs set up around our auction block, instead of running the lots individually through the sale ring. The sale runs really smooth and if you have not been to a sale that runs this way stop by the ranch on March 7th!

Yesterday we ultrasounded the sale bulls to collect their carcass data. The data we collect is Ribeye Area(REA), backfat (BF) and intramuscular fat (IMF). Ribeye Area, in square inches, is measured between the 12th and 13th rib and gives an estimate of the amount of muscle or lean product in the calf. Backfat, in inches, is also measured between the 12th and 13th
rib and is an estimate of the external fat on the animal. Rump fat is an additional measure of external fat on the animal and is also measured in inches. This measurement is taken along the rump of the animal between the hooks and pins. Percent intramuscular fat is an objective measurement of marbling in live cattle and is a good indication of meat quality.

Yesterday we ultrasounded the sale bulls to collect their carcass data. The data we collect is Ribeye Area(REA), backfat (BF) and intramuscular fat (IMF). Ribeye Area, in square inches, is measured between the 12th and 13th rib and gives an estimate of the amount of muscle or lean product in the calf. Backfat, in inches, is also measured between the 12th and 13th
rib and is an estimate of the external fat on the animal. Rump fat is an additional measure of external fat on the animal and is also measured in inches. This measurement is taken along the rump of the animal between the hooks and pins. Percent intramuscular fat is an objective measurement of marbling in live cattle and is a good indication of meat quality.

Ultrasound carcass measurements are no different than traits like birth, weaning and yearling weight in that environmentala conditions, such as nutrition and weather, play a role in the expression of these traitis. Therefore, it is more beneficial to use the carcass trait ratios, rather than the actual measurements, to make selection decisions between sale bulls and females. Ratios are based on relative differences within a contemporary group, all Bieber Red Angus Yearling bulls or all other Bieber Red Angus sale heifers. Ratios can only be used to compare animals within a contemporary group, to compare two bulls or heifers from different ranches the carcass EPD values need to be used. Since ultrasound carcass traits are generally considered highly heritable, selection of bulls and females based on these traits will result in genetic change in their calves. 

Carcass data for the sale bulls and heifers will be available online a few days before the sale and will be available at the sale for customers to use while making their bull selections. There is also a ton of data that we publish in our catalog that will help you choose a bull that will maximize your program. For more information about the EPDs and how to use the catalog data please refer to page 63 of the catalog. There are also pictures of some of the sale lots available on the March Production Sale page of our website. If you have any questions or would like help choosing cattle that will best suit your needs please feel free to contact us, we want to understand your program and your cattle!



Bieber Fever IV Catalog is now available
Bieber Fever IV - March 7th, 2013

Bieber Fever IV is just three weeks away. The catalogs were mailed last Thursday and should be arriving at your house any day now. If you are not on our mailing list and would like a catalog feel free to call the office 605-439-3628. The catalog is also available online on the March Production Sale page, along with pictures of the top lots. 


Bieber Fever IV will be held here at the ranch on March 7th. We will be selling 200 yearling Red Angus bulls, 5 yearling black Red Angus bulls, 10 yearling Simmental hybrid bulls, 80 yearling Red Angus heifers and 10 bred fall calving Red Angus cows. We believe that this is our deepest offering yet! 


This year we used the Pfizer(Zoetis) 50K test and tested about half of our sale bulls. Pzifer 50K tests are able to identify certain genes or markers that are related particular traits.  EPDs alone are good but DNA makes EPDs more relaible. EPDs are the best information in the industry but are dynamic with possible change, which says that EPDs can change significantly once progeny arrive. When DNA markers are applied to the calculation of EPDs for each trait, those EPDs become much more accurate. Pfizer HD 50K can make EPDs up to 6 times more accurate than a pedigree prediction alone. Another way to look at it is with Progeny Equivalents, which describes how many progeny a bull would have to sire in order for his EPDs to reflect a comparable amount of accuracy. To learn more about 50K testing look at Page 3 of the catalog or visit Pfizeranimalgenetics.com

Another new page in the catalog is page 63 which explains in depth how to read the catalog. All of the EPDs are explained as well as pedigree and growth information. New this year is the Growth score, which is our recommendation for growth based upon the data and pedigree information. G6=maximum growth rating, G5=high growth rating, G4=moderate growth rating, G3=average growth rating, G2=below average growth rating and G1=low growth rating. This new system is designed to make comparing the bulls easy for our customers, and is similar to the Calving Ease Score star recommendations which we have been using for a number of years now. Check it out page 63 in the catalog for more information and if you have any questions feel free to contact Craig Bieber.


Although all of the lots have something unique to offer there are a few that we are really excited about: 





Lot 1 and 2 are our picks to lead out the sale and these two bulls are exceptional not only are they heifer bulls but they are high growth as well

 

Lots 5 and 6 are pure horsepower bulls. Lot 5 is out of Oly 903 and a Tilly daughter, Lot 5s dam and Rollin Deeps dam are maternal sisters.  Lot 6 is a 1/4 Simmental out of a Durheim cow and 5L Norseman King, if you want to add high growth genetics with a bit of heterois  Lot 6 is for you.

 



Lot 21 is a really interesting bull that has caught our eye he is an Adele 8958 out of Oly 903 he gained an average of 4.98 pounds per day on test which made him the highest ADG bull on test. 






Lot 88 this bulls EPDs are almost unstoppable he is a heifer bull out of LSF Takeover and a Mission Statement daughter he also has impressive growth numbers and unbeatable carcass data.

These last few weeks are packed with pre-sale activity. We started taking video of all of the sale lots today and those will be posted on the website by February 27th. February 19th we are taking ultrasound carcass data on all of the sale lots. February 20th-21st and 26th-27th. March 4th the ultrasound data, scrotal data and sale heifer yearling data will be available. March 7th is of course sale day! If you have any questions about the sale lots or would like help choosing a bull that will maximize your program feel free to call Craig Bieber 605-439-3628 or Craig Howard (cowboss) 605-377-3128. 

 





Response 1
Thursday 14th of February 2013
Submitted by: Lois
Good Job Lindley..

Lot Tagging the Sale Bulls
Bieber Fever IV - March 7th, 2013

This past week here at Bieber Red Angus we kept busy by pushing snow and calving heifers. Throughout last week we got 6-8 inches of snow and blustery winds. The blowing snow created some treacherous driving conditions and also quite a bit of extra work around the feedlot. Right away in the morning after snow or blowing snow we plow around the feed-yard, shovel out the feed bunks and chop the ice out of the water tanks. After we get all of the cattle fed in the feedlot we feed the
cows that are out in pastures close to headquarters and plow around the windbreaks if needed. Then we work on plowing excess snow off of the bedding packs and spreading fresh straw in the feedlot pens. On even the worst winter days we can imagine the beautiful summer days and can almost forget about all the snow left to shovel and plow!


Last week Craig and Peggy have been putting the finishing edits on the Bieber Fever IV catalog and it is going to the printer later this week. Bieber Fever IV will be held on Thursday, March 7th here at the ranch. This upcoming week we will be busy working heifers. We are taking yearling weights, pelvic measurements, hip heights and giving the first round of breeding shots for our
spring born replacement heifers. The summer born replacement heifers will also get their first breeding shots this next week. 

Today we ran all of the sale bulls through the chute and put their lot tags in. Here are some pictures!

   

We lot ordered the sale bulls last week. Today we simply ran the bulls through the chute found there tag number on our master list and put in their corresponding lot tag.  


All done!


Calving Update: We have about 80 calves on the ground so far and everything is going great so far. 

    


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