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May 28th - Catch Up Week
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We've had another beautiful week here in Leola with temperatures in the high 60s-70s, and yesterday we had a quick shot of rain.  Ron and Lois also returned from Isreal this week and we're excited to hear about their trip. 

 

This week around the ranch we've been catching up on small projects since AIing our cowherd these past couple weeks. Here was the schedule we followed through the AI process: 

 

May 3rd - Put CIDRS in and gave GnRH to the 2 Year Old Cows

 

May 5th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to Group 1 of the RAB cows

 

May 6th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to Group 2 of the RAB cows

 

May 8th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to the Durheim cows

 

May 10th - Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to the 2 Year Old Cows  

 

May 12th - Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to Group 1 of the RAB cows

 

May 13th - Bred the 2 year old cows and Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to Group 2 of the                    RAB cows   

 

May 15th - Breed Group 1 of the RAB cows and Pull CIDRs and give Lutalyse to the Durheim                        cows

 

May 16th - Breed Group 2 of the RAB cows 

 

May 18th - Breed the Durheim cows

 

On May 19th, 20th, and the 21st we sorted the cowherd into their Natural Service Sire groups. We took each group and their assigned bull to a pasture for Natural Service. This past week we took each pasture a salt/mineral feeder to their pasture and checked it/refilled it every coupld days throughout the breeding period. We have also taken alot of time to go through the fences around the ranch and make sure they are all in good repair! We also got the hay equipment out to get it ready for the first cutting in a couple weeks. 

 

The summer calving cows are about done calving with around 50 cows left to calve! We are set to brand the summer calves on June 14th. If you are interested in coming to a branding we would love to have you. Theres oppourtunity to help work the cows/calves if you want or feel free to watch the action! For more information call the office at 605-439-3628 or check the blog or facebook page closer to the 14th! 


May 21st - Breeding Durheim Cows & Sorting Pastures
Breeding Season 2014

It's been another wonderful spring week here. The grass is really coming now with the high 60s-70s temperatures! There's nothing better than seeing the sun shining and grass growing after a long winter!

 

This week we finished up AIing our Spring Calving cowherd. Here's the schedule we have been following throughout estrous synchronization and AIing: 

 

May 3rd - Put CIDRS in and gave GnRH to the 2 Year Old Cows

May 5th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to Group 1 of the RAB cows

May 6th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to Group 2 of the RAB cows

May 8th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to the Durheim cows

May 10th - Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to the 2 Year Old Cows  

May 12th - Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to Group 1 of the RAB cows

May 13th - Bred the 2 year old cows and Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to Group 2 of the                    RAB cows   

May 15th - Breed Group 1 of the RAB cows and Pull CIDRs and give Lutalyse to the Durheim                        cows

May 16th - Breed Group 2 of the RAB cows 

May 18th - Breed the Durheim cows 

 

 

This past Sunday we completed our AI schedule with the Durheim cows.

       

Keeping all of the records & Loading the AI guns in the breeding barn.

     

     

CraigH and Ginny running the chute and alley into the breeding barn. Ginny was giving all the cows a dose on GnRH and gave them a dose of injectable dewormer.

 

This week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we sorted the spring cowherd into their Natural Service pastures. During calving we sorted our cows into four different groups; all of the First Calf Heifer pairs, the older RAB pairs, all of the Durheim pairs and the younger RAB pairs. We AIed the cowherd in these 4 groups. Before we AIed the Durheim cows we hauled those pairs up to Durheims ranch in Ellendale, ND where they will be sorted into their breeding groups. When we sorted we gathered one group of cows and sorted them into the different breeding groups and walked each group to their breeding pasture. 

 

     

     

     


May 14th - AI Breeding the Cowherd
Breeding Season 2014

We've had another rainy and cool spring week here in Leola.  The forecast is calling for a couple days of rain next week with the temperatures in the mid-high 60s throughout the week. 

 

We AI bred our replacement heifers on April 28th and they are currently in the sorted Natural Service breeding groups. The Natural Service sires were turned out into their breeding groups last Tuesday. 

 

We're currently in the middle of AI breeding our cowherd. All of the pairs were sorted into 4 seperate groups back when we first turned them out to pasture. We have all of the 2 year old pairs together, one group of older RAB pairs, one group of younger RAB pairs and all of the Durheim cows together. We then synchronized the cows in each group using the 7 Day CIDR protocol.

 

Here is the schedule we're following: 

 

May 3rd - Put CIDRS in and gave GnRH to the 2 Year Old Cows

 

May 5th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to Group 1 of the RAB cows

 

May 6th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to Group 2 of the RAB cows

 

May 8th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to the Durheim cows

 

May 10th - Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to the 2 Year Old Cows  

 

May 12th - Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to Group 1 of the RAB cows

 

May 13th - Bred the 2 year old cows and Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to Group 2 of the                    RAB cows   

 

May 15th - Breed Group 1 of the RAB cows and Pull CIDRs and give Lutalyse to the Durheim                        cows

 

May 16th - Breed Group 2 of the RAB cows 

 

May 18th - Breed the Durheim cows 

 

After we're done AI breeding all four groups, we then sort the pairs into their Natural Service pasture breeding groups. We are planning to sort on May 19th, 20th and 21st!

 

 


Response 1
Sunday 18th of May 2014
Submitted by: L & R
We arrived in Vienna today, cool and raining here. Glad to see every thing is doing well. See ou in a week or so.

May 7th - Putting CIDRs in the cowherd
Breeding Season 2014

We recieved sad news this past Sunday. Kenny Meidinger, our feed/equipment manager for the past 13 years, passed away after a battle with cancer. We appreciate everything that Kenny did here at the ranch throughout the years. We're happy that we had the oppourtunity to know and work with Kenny, he will be missed. 

We will say our final goodbyes to Kenny this Friday at 11am here in Leola.

 

 

We've had some beautiful spring days this past week along with quite a few spring showers throughout the week. Ron and Lois took advantage of the nice weather last week and planted the first portion of their garden. So far they have 8 rows done and many more to go. Monday they flew to Isreal for a 2 week trip.  

 

Here at the ranch we've worked on putting CIDRs in our cowherd this week. We put CIDRs in the 2year old cows on Saturday, and two groups of mature RAB cows on Monday and Tuesday. The Durheim cows will get their CIDRs tomorrow.

 

     

After we gather the pairs out of the pasture, we seperate the cows from the calves. The calves must be seperated so they don't get injured while the cows are working through the chute. 


Each cow gets a CIDR and a shot of GnRH. This is to synchronize the cows heat cycles so we can AI time breed each group of cows. 

     

 

We turned the Natural Service sires out into the sorted groups of heifers this past Tuesday. Each heifer was mated to an AI sire which we AI bred her to on April 28th. We also mated each heifer to a Natural Service sire for her to be bred by in the event that she didn't settle AI. Here are a few pictures of the bulls and heifers in the lots through their Natural Service cycle.

     

 

 


April 30th - AIing our Replacement Heifers
Breeding Season 2014

It's been a rainy past week. Ron reports that we have gotten 1.60inches of rain over the past few days. It's nice to see the pastures start to green up some and once it warms up we should be able to literally watch the grass grow!

 

Monday we AI bred our 290 replacement heifers.

 

 

  Last week Craig Bieber and Craig Howard mated all of the heifers to their AI sire and Natural Service sire. We put a lot of thought into our matings and take into consideration the heifer's pedigree and cow family history, her EPD values and her physical phenotype. We try to mate each female to the bull that will create a calf that is balanced across their EPDs as well as phenotype. This year we AIed the replacement heifers to Bieber Rough Country A523, Andras Fusion R236, Bieber Rouse Samurai X22, Paringa Iron Ore E27, and Bieber Hardrive Y120. We also sort the heifers as they come out of the chute into their natural service sire groups. This year we are using Pie Right Kind 342, Siever Take 2 Z216, Schuler Endurance 2101Z, Bieber CL Iron Ore A124, Bieber Iron Ore A104, GMRA Peacemaker 1216, and LSF SRR Triumph 3100A. The natural service sire groups were penned individually into pens in our feedlot where they will stay through the natural service period before the bulls are pulled and the heifers are turned out to pasture.

 

 

This week's sire spotlight is on Bieber Rouse Samurai X22. We sold Samurai on our March Production Sale 3 years ago. We've used him heavily through the past few years and are using him again this year. Here is a sampling of the calves we have on the ground from Samurai this year!

 

Bull Calves:

     

     

 

Heifer Calves 

     

 

 

 

 


 
         
         
       
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