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Calving here at Bieber Red Angus
Calving 2013

Whew, March is almost over. We have yet to see some proper spring weather, but we did have a lot going on this past March. We started the month out with our March Production sale, and we started calving our spring cows. Currently we have 425 calves on the ground which means we are about two thirds done with spring calving. Before we start our next big project of Artificially Inseminating our replacement heifers and the spring calving cows, we thought we would take a step back and explain how we process each calf that is born here at Bieber Red Angus.

Last week the blog post explained how we sort heavy cows and keep them in our Lot pen 9 until they calve. After they calve we bring them into the calving barn and individually pen the pair for a day, then after they are paired really well we turn them out into small bunches of 25-30 pairs for about a week. After that week we sort the bunch and turn the pair out into a larger pasture close to ranch headquarters.

Once the cow calves in our larger calving barn we bring the cow along with her newborn calf into the smaller portion of the calving barn and put both cow and calf into an individual pen. While moving the pair we write down the cows eartag number and also get the sex of the newborn calf. After the pair is the guys weigh the calf. We use a handheld, battery operated scale and before each calving season we check to make sure it is accurate. Here is Cody, one of our interns from Nebraska, weighing a calf.

 

 In the warm room in the calving barn we have a whiteboard that has each pen mapped out. The cows eartag number, the calving ease score, the date the calf was born, the calves coat color code, and the calfs weight and sex,  are all written in the corresponding whiteboard pen. Here is a picture of the whiteboard.

  

We have two interns here from South Africa, they each take turns night calving. They pen the pair, take the weight and write down all of the information. When Craig Howard gets there in the mornings he records all of the information from the whiteboard into the calving book. He also uses the cows eartag number and looks up her breeding record to find out which bull is the newborn calfs sire and enters the sire code into the calving book . 

      

Craig then uses all of the information from the calving book to make the calfs new eartag. Our eartag numbers start with number 100 and we use international letter designations in our eartags. Each letter corresponds to the year the calf was born.  This year, 2013 is represented by letter A. Our heifer tags have their number followed by the letter A, while the bull tags start with the letter A followed by the number.  For example calf A190 is the 90th heifer calf born at Bieber Red Angus in 2013. Peggy also takes the calving book and enters all of the information into Cow Sense, our computer record program.

      

The sire code is written at the very top of the calfs eartag and is followed by the cows eartag number. The cows eartag number is also written on the back of the tag. When we sort pairs into breeding pastures in the spring the cows number on the back of the tag is sometimes easier to spot while sorting. The sire codes for this year are:

OL VGW 903

PM GMRA Peacemaker 1216

GR RHRA Goldrush

CY LSF Cyclone 9934W

TK LSF Takeover 9943W

WA GP Wallace 016

IO Pardinga Iron Ore

EP Beckton Epic R397

JH Messmer Jericho W041

HH Bieber H Hughes W109

RO Bieber Roosevelt W384

OT Bieber Outrider W388

SM Bieber Rouse Samurai X22

TR Trax Rushmore X103

P Bieber Mighty Packer X178

RD Bieber Rollin Deep Y118

HD Bieber Hard Drive Y120

RC Bieber Real McCoy Y124

RE Bieber Redwood Y303  

 

So if you come and visit the new calves or have ever bought a bull or female from Bieber Red Angus, you can identify the sire and dam of that animal.

After the tag is made we tag the calf in the calfs right ear between the second and the third rib of the ear.

   


Although the processing the calf is not the most exciting job at Bieber Red Angus it is one of the more important jobs. Accurate calf records make every job from now until weaning easier!  


Response 1
Thursday 28th of March 2013
Submitted by: Ron B
Lindley----I finaly read your blog its really good----thanks ron
 
Response 2
Sunday 31st of March 2013
Submitted by: Lynette Durheim
Thanks Craig for making that cow number big enough for old people to read!

Sorting Newborn Pairs and Select Sires AI School
Calving 2013

Winter is still here in South Dakota. We had a day or two last week of spring like temperatures, which quickly turned back to mid teens and lower. This past Sunday and Monday we got a bit of snow and very heavy winds which caused some blizzard like conditions Monday morning.  We are hoping that spring comes eventually, and we will sure appreciate it when gets here this year. 

Calving has been going great so far. We are about halfway done with our spring calving bunch and have around 350 calves on the ground currently. We have about 100 close up cows that we put in the calving barn each night, along with another 150 or so heavy cows that are still in a close pasture. As the cows in our close up pen calve we sort heavy cows from the pasture and bring them into the close up pen and calving barn.  The cows have a spacious outdoor bedding area that they lounge in during the day. If a cow looks like she is about to calve, or if she does calve outside during the day, we bring the cow and calf into the calving barn and pen them together as soon as we see them.

Our calving barn has two portions; the back portion is a large open bedding area that we can fit around 100 head in at night. Whichever guy is night calving checks back there often and if one calves they bring cow and calf into the front part of the calving barn. This portion has 18 individual pens, two of which have head catches in them, and a warm room. 


    

The pair is penned together and then the next morning, if the pair is ready, they are turned out into pen 10 which is located just outside the calving barn.  We turn about 25-30 newborn pairs out into pen 10, once those pairs are a few days old we move all of the pairs from pen 10 down to pen 11. They stay in pen 11 for another few days then we move them down to pen 12. After they stay in pen 12 for a few days we then sort the pairs into 4 different groups and move them to pastures close to headquarters. We like to keep them close in pen 10, 11 and 12 so we can make sure that cow and calf are healthy and paired really well before we turn them out to a larger pasture group.

The 4 pasture groups we sort the cows into are the two year old Bieber heifers, the two year old Durheim heifers, the Bieber cows and the Durheim cows. We keep the first calf heifers separate so we can supplement those cows more if needed, and we separate the Durheim cows and first calf heifers because they will go back to Bruce and Lynnettes place near Ellendale, ND for pasture this summer.

To sort the pairs we run all of the cows and calves from pen 12 into our sorting corrals. We then separate the cows from the calves. The cows are then penned in a larger portion of the sorting corral and the calves in a smaller pen. We then start with one of the four groups and sort off around 5-10 cows that fit within that group. Then we then find each of those 5-10 cows calf from the pen of calves and put the calves back with their cows. Once the cows and calves have had a chance to pair back up we walk the group to their new pasture.  The whole process is quite quick and seems to work the best for us, by separating the cows from the calves right away we reduce the risk that a calf will get injured in the confusion. By only sorting 5-10 cows in each bunch that also reduces the likelihood that a calf will get stepped on or injured during the process.


The cows and calves in seperate pens waiting to be sorted

   



All done and out to one of the four pastures 


We will keep the pairs in these larger 4 pastures until we turn the Bieber cows out to pasture in the spring and until the Durheim cows are hauled back to Ellendale for the summer. We have a quite a few calf shelters in each pasture that are well bedded with straw and a large bedding pack for the cows. We will feed the cows in these pastures until spring is here and green grass is growing!

 

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Select Sires held a AI training school here in Leola. Mike, Steve, Scott and I all took the course which was taught by Dave Dockter and Duayne Broek. Dave has been teaching Select Sires AI schools now for 53 years, he retired from teaching NDSU and currently travels to Kazakhstan where he breeds cows and teaches the locals AI techniques. Duayne is a Beef Specialist for Select Sires and lives in Watertown, SD. Jordan Rhodes a past Bieber Red Angus employee and a Select Sires Independent Representative also helped out one of the days.


Duayne Broek

The school was broken into a classroom portion and on farm practice. We started practicing on some preserved reproductive tracts and then moved onto live cows which Bieber Red Angus supplied. We had a great time and are hopefully all prepared for breeding season. If you have never taken an AI class and would like to learn to AI I would definitely recommend taking a Select Sires course! Here are some pictures:

            




Bieber Fever IV Sale Report
Bieber Fever IV - March 7th, 2013

Bieber Fever IV was held here at the ranch on March 7th, 2013. We had a great sale day! The weather was not quite the 30 and sunshine that the weatherman had hinted at the week before the sale. Instead we got temperatures in the mid 20s, the wind was blowing quite a bit which made the day a little chilly. Here are a few shots from out in the pens for preview before the sale.




Even though the pens outside were a chilly inside the sale barn was warm and there was plenty of hot cocoa and coffee to go around. Lunch was started at 11am and the ladies were serving hamburgers with baked beans and scalloped potatoes. 



 The sale started at 1pm CST and we were all finished by 4pm. Here are a few shots from the auction ring!



After the buyers had purchased their lots out in the sale ring they visited the clerks to check out. Kristen and Jack then got our buyers outfitted with Bieber Red Angus jackets, shirts and hats as a thank you. The jackets will be given out next year too!


After the sale we enjoyed a great strip steak supper at Lois and Rons house. The strip loin was purchased from Northern Beef Packers which opened in 2012 in Aberdeen, SD. The steaks were cooked by one of our past interns Richard Reis. 


Thank You again to all of our bidders and buyers we had a great sale! If you were not able to attend this year we sure hope to see you next year! For more sale pictures Like us on Facebook.


Bieber Red Angus Ranch - 2013 Spring Production Sale 

                                                                              

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                                                            Count         Averages


Herd Bull Prospects

10

$15,550

Red Angus Yearling Bulls

207

$4,204

AR/SM Yearling Bull

17

$3,985

Yearling Bulls

234

$4,673

 

Red Angus Open Heifers

62

$2,169

Simmental Yearling Heifers

10

$1,770

Commercial Heifers

25

$1,385

Fall Bred Red Angus Cow

9

$2,089

 


Top Selling Lots 


Yearling Red Angus Bulls

Lot            Price                          Buyer

2

$40,000

                Bachman Red Angus & Accelerated Genetics 

17

$20,000

                Rouse Red Angus & Mud Creek Reds

1

$15,000

                Harrison Ranch

37

$14,500

                S&S Cattle Co

88

$12,500

                Bachman Red Angus

7

$12,000

                Brylor Ranch

21

$11,000

               Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Angus

32

$10,500

               Steve Hamm

33

$10,000

               Gill Red Angus & Lucht Red Angus

5

$10,000

               Earl Barta

15

$9,500

               Middle Creek Red Angus

 

Red Angus/Simmental Yearling Bulls

6

$6,500

Shawn Claymore

135

$5,000

Wade & Susie Tucker

 

Red Angus Open Yearling Heifers

290

$5,000

                 Dwight McDonald 

251

$3,250

                 Shady Oaks Farm

259

$3,200

                 Middle Creek Red Angus

269

$3,100

                 David Van Winkle

272

$3,100

                 David Van Winkle

296

$3,100

                 David Van Winkle

 

Fall Bred Red Angus Cows

340

$2,800

Steve Hamm

338

$2,600

Steve Hamm

 

Commercial Heifers

25 head

$1,385

Hughes Cattle Co

 

Volume Buyers

75

 head

Cholla Livestock, Seligman AZ

57

 head

HughesCattle Co, Glasgow  KY

14

 head

JD Wangsness, Miller, SD

 

Cattle sold to 17 States and Canada

Here is a message from Shawn Claymore who bought Lot 6 

- Just wanted to thank you for all you did for me this year finding a home for my heifers. That means alot to me. Also how impressed I am with you program. Looking forward to years of raising good red cattle together! We are blessed to have people like you in our corner helping us get all we can out of our cattle! Thanks again Craig



Response 1
Thursday 21st of March 2013
Submitted by: Vonnie
I really enjoyed reading this post. Good going Craig & Lindley.

Bieber Fever IV is tomorrow 1pm CST
Bieber Fever IV - March 7th, 2013

Bieber Fever IV is tomorrow here at the ranch and also online at DVAuction. 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 1:00pm CST and Sale order is catalog order!

2.      There are many tools available tohelp you preview the livestock, check out the videos! Please read pages 1-3 of the catalog it contains all of our policies as well as information regarding what happens after you purchase a sale lot.

3.      The cattle are available for preview on Wednesday, March 6th and on Thursday March, 7th before the sale starting at 8am.

4.      On Sale Day we will have rolls and coffee available by 9am. Lunch will be served starting at 11am and after the sale everyone is invited to a strip loin supper at Ron and Lois house.


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 www.dvauction.com or by calling 402/474-5557. Then Apply for bidding by selecting the Bieber Red Angus Sale and click Apply. There is more information on page 2 of the catalog. 

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, 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 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. 


It has been a busy few days as we get the ranch ready for the sale. This past weekend the guys got the shop and auction block area all cleaned up.  Yesterday we set up free standing panels to make pens for all of the sale lots. We build smaller pens and then sort about 15 -20 bulls into a pen to make it easier to preview the lots. The sale lots are available for preview today and tomorrow before the sale. 

   


We hope to see everyone at the ranch on Thursday for Bieber Fever IV! 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 Thursday!





 


 
         
         
       
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