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AIing the Spring Calving Cows
Breeding Season 2013

This past week at BRAR has been filled with rainy weather and a lot of AIing. We are in the middle of AIing our Spring calving cow herd. We split the cowherd into 5 smaller groups, the 2 year old cows, two groups of RAB cows which are summered here on the ranch and 2 groups of Durheim cows which are summered back at Bruce and Lynnette Durheims ranch in Ellendale, ND. Each of these 5 groups were synchronized using a 7 day CIDR with a shot of GnRH when the CIDRs are inserted, a shot of Lutelyse when the CIDRs are pulled and another shot of GnRH when the cows are AI bred. The whole process beginning with the insertion of the CIDR to AIing the cows takes 10 days. After all of the spring calving cows are bred we will sort them out of their 5 AI bunches into smaller natural service groups and turn out the natural service sires. Next week we will talk about which sires we are using for natural service and how we sort the cows into their smaller natural service bunches.

Here is the schedule for AIing all of our Spring Calving cows:

May 18: Put CIDRs in the 2 year old cows

May 20: Put CIDRs in the 1st group of RAB cows

May 21: Put CIDRs in the 2nd group of RAB cows

May 22: Put CIDRs in the 1st group of Durheim cows

May 25: Pull CIDRs in the 2 year old cows

May 27: Pull CIDRs in the 1st group of RAB cows

May 28: Pull CIDRs in the 2nd group of RAB cows and Breed the 2 year old cows

May 29: Pull CIDRs in the 1st group of Durheim cows and put CIDRs in the 2nd group of Durheim cows

May 30: Breed the 1st group of RAB cows

May 31: Breed the 2nd group of RAB cows

June 1: Breed the 1st group of Durheim cows

June 5: Pull CIDRs in the 2nd group of Durheim cows

June 8: Breed the 2nd group of Durheim cows

Yesterday we AI bred the 2 year old bunch. Jordan Rhodes from Select Sires helps Craig Howard AI. Jordans brother Jackson Rhodes also comes and helps keep the paperwork straight and make sure we are breeding each cow to the correct predecided bull. He also helps Craig and Jordan pull semen straws and load AI guns. If you have questions about the AI technique you can read more about AIing cattle on Select Sires website

Here are some pictures of AIing the 2 year olds yesterday:


We bred the cows in the pasture with the our Wilson corral, portable chute and double alley and the portable breeding barn.


Jackson Rhodes makes sure that we are breeding each cow the the correct bull. A few weeks ago we talked about how we mate each cow here at BRAR.

Mike catches each cow before she enters the breeding barn and gives her a final shot of GnRH which helps facilitate ovulation within the cow.


Craig Howard and Jordan Rhodes are the main AI technicians although Mike, Jackson, Steve and Scott each practiced on a few cows to help them gain more AI experince. 

Mike and Jackson AIing. 

Today the guys were up at Durheims putting CIDRs in the second bunch of Durheim cows and this evening they will go back and pull CIDRs in the first bunch. The first bunch is set to be bred the coming Saturday and the second bunch will be bred next Saturday. The end of this week will be filled with AIing the two bunches of RAB cows and we will also start sorting cows into natural service groups!

Synchronizing the Spring Calving Cows
Breeding Season 2013

It has been a wonderfully rainy few days here in South Dakota! We got a few thunder storms Saturday night and it rained throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday. Ron reported that we got 3 inches of rain total. This will certainly help our pastures and we hope that our readers, customers and friends are getting the moisture they need this spring.

We are in the process of synchronizing the spring calving cows to be time AI bred in the upcoming weeks. The cows have been split into five bunches, the 2 year old cows, 2 bunches of RAB cows and 2 bunches of Durheim cows. The Durheim pairs have gone back to Bruce and Lynnettes for the summer, so a few of the guys go up to Ellendale and work those 2 bunches. The synchronization program we are using on all 5 bunches is a 7 day CIDR. We put the CIDR in and give the cows a shot of GnRH, the CIDRs are pulled 7 days later and a shot of Lutlyse is given, then 64 hours later the cows are AI bred and given a final shot of GnRH. Heres the breakdown of the upcoming breeding schedule:

May 18: Put CIDRs in the 2 year old cows

May 20: Put CIDRs in the 1st group of RAB cows

May 21: Put CIDRs in the 2nd group of RAB cows

May 22: Put CIDRs in the 1st group of Durheim cows

May 25: Pull CIDRs in the 2 year old cows

May 27: Pull CIDRs in the 1st group of RAB cows

May 28: Pull CIDRs in the 2nd group of RAB cows and Breed the 2 year old cows

May 29: Pull CIDRs in the 1st group of Durheim cows and put CIDRs in the 2nd group of Durheim cows

May 30: Breed the 1st group of RAB cows

May 31: Breed the 2nd group of RAB cows

June 1: Breed the 1st group of Durheim cows

June 5: Pull CIDRs in the 2nd group of Durheim cows

June 8: Breed the 2nd group of Durheim cows

Steve inserting a CIDR 

Mike giving a shot of GnRH

Scott, Skylar, and Cody working the tub and alley

This week Craig Howard, Craig and Ron Bieber have been busy in the office mating all of the cows. Each cow that is bred here at Bieber Red Angus is mated specifically to the bull that we feel will complement her EPDs, Pedigree and Phenotype the best.  To do that we use the computer program Cowsense along with a copy of each cows printed pedigree. In cowsense Craig  enters all of the cows Red Angus Association registration numbers into the RAA Animal Search feature and pulls up each cows current EPDs. He then does the same with each bull that we are using both AI and Natural Service. For each cow the program takes her EPD values and shows what her calfs EPDs would be if she were mated with each of the selected bulls. We use these future calf EPD values, but we also keep in mind each cows phenotype, and pedigree and use all of this information to choose the bull that is the best match for each cow. Although the process takes a few days to get through each cow that is going to be bred here on the ranch, we feel that by mating this way we are getting the most genetic potential out of our cattle than we would if we just bred them arbitrarily to an AI and Natural service sire. 

Here are the AI sires we are using this year on the cows, click on the bulls name to view more infromation:

Bieber Rollin Deep Y118

Basin EXT 8628

Bieber Hard Drive Y120

Bieber Stormer Z433

LSF RAB Exclusive 2793Z

Schuler Endurance 2101Z

Andras Fusion R236

Paringa Iron Ore E27

We will be sorting all of the AI bred cows into their natural service sire groups June 1st, 3rd and 4th. We will talk more about the natural service sires we are using and how we sort the pairs and take them out to pasture in a few weeks!  

Response 1
Saturday 1st of June 2013
Submitted by: Vonnie
WOW double WOW!

Branding a few late calving pairs and the Select Sires South America Tour
Branding 2013

It has been a week of beautiful weather here! We are hoping for some rain this upcoming weekend though and hope that all of our readers are getting the moisture that they need! 

This past week the main activity around the ranch has been cleaning up the feedlot pens and the bedding areas from winter. We scrap all of the manure and straw from one pen into a large pile. After we had all the pens and pasture bedding areas cleaned up we called Duppers, who custom haul manure. With two guys, two trucks, a payloader and a couple days they turn can turn huge manure piles into clean pens and fertilized fields!


 We branded the main cowherd on April 27th. There was 80 pair that were to young to vaccinate and brand on the 27th so we took the morning to work those today. It was just the Bieber crew working and we each took turns roping throughout the morning and had a great time.








Today we also had a group of Select Sire South America affiliates stop by the ranch to tour the cows, calves and herd bulls. Many of the visitors were from Uruguay, a few from Brazil and one from Columbia. They were visiting a few different ranches in the USA throughout a week long tour. All of the visitors were interested in looking at the bulls, daughters and calves out of Select Sires owned bulls. Many were veterinarians, breeding consultants, agronomists and beef producers. We had a great time getting to know the group and learning about beef production in their countries.



Looking at the replacement heifers that were AI bred and are currently with a natural service sire. The herd sire Rushmore is pictured in the bottom left  


Looking at Bieber Rouse Samurai X22 and the heifers that are currently with him. Samurai semen can be purchased through Select Sires. 


Walking through the Spring calving pairs.  


Looking at the seven donor cows that we are currently flushing.

Everyone at Bieber Red Angus enjoys showing visitors our cowherd and explaining our breeding program. If you ever have any questions do not hesitate to ask and if you are driving by feel free to stop in!

 Visit our Facebook page for more branding and tour pictures from today! 

Olson Ranch Visit and Summer Calving
Customer Spotlight

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





 Customer Spotlight

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 bulls.    



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 








Response 1
Sunday 19th of May 2013
Submitted by: Vonnie De Vries
WOW! What an impressive blog. Lindley, how can you do all this & have a job & a sister visit and all? You must be a human dynamo. I hope to go to the farm this weekend for Memorial Day. Hope it is nice so we can do Red Angus steaks on the grill! I love you, Craig & Katie. G Vonnie

AI breeding the replacement heifers
Breeding Season 2013

Spring MIGHT be here, although any readers who woke up to snow this morning in southern South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska might dispute that statement. It is quite cool today here in Leola and its supposed to stay cool until the weekend, but we did get to miss out on this May snowstorm! The cows and calves that are in pastures close to the ranch are enjoying this nicer weather. They have pretty much abandoned the calf shelters, and are enjoying lying on dry ground.


 Last weekend was absolutely beautiful, with temperatures in the mid 70s and clear sunny skies. Last Saturday we branded and vaccinated all of the calves out of the spring calving cows, and gave the cows their breeding shots. The cows will be synchronized and set up to be bred AI around June 1st.



Monday the guys time AI bred all of the replacement heifers that we had synchronized. Craig Howard and Jordan Rhodes from Select Sires bred, and Jordans brother Jackson was helping load AI guns and keep the paperwork straight. After each of the heifers are bred we give them a shot of GnRH, which is Gonadotropin releasing hormone. GnRH is responsible for the release of the hormones FSH, follicle stimulating hormone and LH, luteinizing hormone, from the heifers hypothalamus. FSH and LH stimulate and facilitate ovulation in the heifer.  


Craig Howard breeding a heifer and Jackson keeping the paperwork straight.

Jordan giving each heifer a shot of GnRH after she has been AI bred.

We selectively mate each of the heifers to an AI sire and a natural service sire, we talked more in depth about that process last week. After the matings are determined Craig and Peggy organize all of the information on spreadsheets that have the heifers eartag number, the AI sire she is bred to, and the natural service sire. To save time and to handle the heifers less after they are AI bred we sort the heifers into their natural service sire groups right out of the chute. With portable free standing panels we made 9 smaller pens, one for each sire. The pens were labeled and color coded, the color code was also indicated on the paperwork. After the heifer is AI bred Jackson would tell Cody which natural sire she is bred to and he would open that particular pen and let her in.



After all the heifers were bred each sire group was put into a pen in our feedlot. The bulls will be turned out into the pens this Friday. Each group will stay in the pen with their natural service sire until 35 days after their AI date. If the grass had been growing throughout April we would have turned the heifers out to pasture before breeding them AI and then turned them out again with their natural service sire. Since the grass is not ready yet and we are still feeding them, we will keep them on the same diet in the feedlot until after the 35 day mark so we do not jeopardize any pregnancies by switching the heifers diets so soon after AI breeding them.

We hope that the weather is nice and springlike wherever you are, and that calving/breeding is going well. If you are looking for some great sires to use AI, consider 

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