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October 23rd - Working on the Bieber Fever V Catalog
Bieber Fever V - December 5th, 2013

We had our first two snowfalls of the year this past Monday and Tuesday nights. The best part is that there isn't any evidence of either left, and temperatures are supposed to be back in the warmer regions this weekend. While we are not excited about the upcoming winter months, we are excited for our upcoming fall production sale Bieber Fever V on December 5th here at the ranch. This past week Craig, Peggy and Craig Howard have kept busy lotting the sale animals and getting the catalog off to be formatted. 


The offering in December will consist of our Coming 2 year old bulls, registered bred females and groups of commercial bred heifers raised by some of our customers. This past week all of the bulls and registered females were lotted for the catalog. Our catalog is lotted with the animals that we like the best, both phenotypically and from a data standpoint, in a particular group listed first. On sale day we always sell in catalog order.

To determine catalog order we bring a group of sale cattle into our working facilities. We then study the entire group and sort of the top 10 animals that we feel are the best in the bunch. That group is brought into a smaller corral and we then lot those cattle, with the animal we feel is phenotypically the best of the group in the lot 1 position. After the first group of cattle are sorted into lots 1-10 we go back into the group of cattle and sort out the next 10 animals we like the best. Those are brought into the smaller corral to be ordered into lots 11-20, and so on. After the entire group of sale cattle are lot ordered phenotypically we go back into the office to study the data. We make sure that the animals EPD data matches the phenotypic sort. If we find that a sale animal's data does not fit with their current lot then we either move that sale animal up or down in the order. We then write footnotes on some of the cattle that stand out to us. The catalog order is only our opinion of the cattle and we are always interested in hearing other's opinions after walking through the sale cattle! Our goal is to have the catalog in the mail around the beginning of November. If you would like to be on our mailing list to recieve a sale catalog feel free to email your contact information to office@bieberredangus.com or send it to us in a personal message on Facebook and we will make sure you recieve a catalog.


This week we also held our first Bieber Red Angus Customer meeting in Mobridge after the Red Angus feeder calf sale. Attendees enjoyed a prime rib supper and presentations from Larry Gran of Zoetis and Craig Bieber. Larry spoke about Zoetis's 50K testing technology and how 50K enhances an animals EPD accuracies. 

Craig Bieber's presentation centered on what a customer should expect from their chosen seedstock producer. We believe you should choose a seedstock supplier that is someone you can trust, is accessible, and is utilizing all of the data tools available to produce the best seedstock possible.

We currently have two more customer meetings planned, the next one in Orient, SD on November 12th and one in Montrose, SD on November 19th. We hope that you can join us if you in the area.   


Response 1
Friday 25th of October 2013
Submitted by: Ron
Lindley-good coverage thanks for what you do.

October 16th - Ultrasounding, Weaning and Vaccinating the Summer cows/calves
Fall 2013

It's been another rainy week. We added another 2.5 inches of rain to our October total through the beginnning of this week. With the extra rain our lots are quite muddy and we turned the weaned spring calves out into pastures close to the ranch so they had some fresh dry ground to lay on. We kept the bulls and heifers seperate in two different pasutures and are feeding them ration out in the pasture. Once the lots are dry we'll move the calves back to the feedlot.

Our biggest projects this past week were weaning the summer born calves, pregnancy ultrasounding the summer cows and working the weaned calves through the chute. We weaned  and worked all of the summer calves this past Monday. 


Craig Howard cleaning the calf's ears before tattooing.


Tattooing the heifer with our breeder code, RAB. Our breeder code is tattooed in every calf's left ear.


Tattooing this heifer with her individual number tattoo. This tattoo number matches her eartag.


Craig Bieber loading the tattoo gun with the correct number, as well as recording each calf's number and weight. 

Peggy and Craig Howard gave each calf it's vaccinations. We gave two shots, one was Bovi-Shield Gold and the other Somubac.

After the summer calves were worked, we seperated the heifers and the bull calves and put them in seperate pens in our feedlot. This week we also got two groups of embryo calves in from 2 cooperator embryo herds. There was 102 calves total in those two groups. We worked those calves through the same process as our weaned summer calves. They were also split into bulls/heifers and placed in two feedlot pens. 


October 9th - Staying busy with Fall Projects
Fall 2013

Last weekend an extreme winter storm hit the western side of South Dakota and parts of Nebraska and Wyoming. The pictures and reports of loss coming from our friends and customers from that area are humbling.  We hope that they are able to rebuild their herds and repair all the damage that was caused! We were hit with 2 full days of rain and some extreme winds. The raingauge showed that we got around 3 inches of rain over the two day storm, although with most of the rain coming in sideways its hard to say exactlly how much rain we got.

We had an old feed mill that didn't make it through the winds last Friday night. 


The cattle in the feedlot were a little muddy after the rain, but were no worse for wear! The front of the working barn definitly looks different without the mill there. The guys spent Saturday cleaning up the mill and making some repairs, eventually they'll build some permanent fence between the silo and the feedbunk. 


Late last week we also got our cooperator Gene Rouse's calves into the feedlot.


We also set up the OK Corral and some portable corral panels yesterday in preparation for weaning our summer born calves later this week. We will split the cows from the calves and haul the calves from the pasture back to the feedlot. The cows will stay in the pasture and next Monday we will use the same setup for ultrasounding. 



The last major project the guys worked on this week was replacing a water tank in our pen 9. Currently we are using pen 9 for all of the weaned spring born heifer calves. During calving season we will hold all of our close up cows in pen 9 and put them into the calving barn at night. The water tank we replaced was a 2 hole Ritchie waterer, that was just to small to serve the numbers that we keep in pen 9 during calving season. We also didnt have electricity run into the old waterer and we wanted to add a tank heater to this new tank. 

The guys replaced the old Ritchie with the new tire tank and used the same water hookups for the new tank. Then they dug a trench from the calving barn, across the pen to the new water tank and over to the existing hole underneath the tank were the water pipe is. The new electical wiring was laid into the trench and then Caleb volunteered to work the electric wire from the trench over to the center of the water tank and work it as far as he could into the center of the tank. 


Then in a team effort Mike lowered Caleb into the center of the tank to reach down and grab the wiring. Caleb then pulled the wire up into the center of the tank while Craig Howard went down under the tank and fed him more wire to pull through the center of the tank. Later on we will wire in the new tank heater and put a tank lid on the finished product. 




Response 1
Saturday 12th of October 2013
Submitted by: G Vonnie
WOW!!! What a life. Sending a lot of love your way.

October 2nd - Putting up Corn and Moving Cows
Fall 2013

We continued putting up feed this past week by getting our high moisture corn rolled and piled. The guys started with the corn last week and got postponed through the weekend due to a few showers that came through the area. Friday was a very damp day filled with misty drizzle, but Saturday we recieved a few showers that resulted in around a half inch of rain total.


Here are some pictures of rolling and piling the high moisture corn into the bunker!


The first few loads of corn going into the bunker

Checking the newly rolled corn to make sure the roller is adjusted right.


Dragging the rolled corn back into the bunker and moving it around to create a nice pile.

Once the pile gets a bit larger we switch to a larger auger and roller mill to deposit the corn farther into the bunker.

We pack the pile continuously to get as much air out as possible which reduces spoilage.


About 20,000 bushels into our 35,000 bushel goal we spread out the plastic sheeting along the side of the bunker.

We pushed corn onto the edge of the plastic sheeting to hold it into place and the remaining 15,000 bushel of corn against the sheeting will create an airtight seal.


Last Friday we moved our spring calving cows to pasture over on the Nature Conservancy where we rent some pastureland. We kept the cows close to headquarters after we weaned the calves. Through weaning the cows were able to come up close to the corrals which cuts down on cows crawling through the fences to get back to the corral. After a couple weeks of staying close the cows are ready to be moved back out to pasture.





Also on Friday we had a group of about 50 representatives from Accelerated Genetics stop by the ranch for a tour of our cowherd and the spring calves in the feedlot. After the tour everyone had some time to visit over lunch! 

Response 1
Monday 7th of October 2013
Submitted by: G Vonnie
Hi Lindley & Craig! I just get a kick out of reading your blogs, guess it makes me feel closer to you. Stay in love & know that I love you too!

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