11450 353rd AvenueLeola, SD 57456Office: (605) 439-3628
Craig & Peggy: (605) 439-3545 Email: office@bieberrdangus.com
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May 28th - Moving our Summer Bulls
Breeding Season 2015

It's been another wet week here on the ranch. We've had a few days of rain this past weekend over the Memorial Day weekend. Then this evening the storms have been relentless! Next week looks like we'll have a dry day or two then a few days of thunderstorms. We're excited to see what the hay crop will look like this year after all this rain!


This week on the ranch we had the manure haulers here cleaning up the lots and spreading the manure. We also walked our summer bulls out to their summer pasture on a section south of ranch headquarters about 7 miles. These bulls were born last year out of our May/June calving summer cows. The bulls will sell as Coming 2 year olds on our November Production Sale. These bulls aren't for sale or offered until the sale!




This week we also moved our summer pairs from our West ranch to a new piece of land we recently bought in Long Lake, SD. We gathered the bunch, then sorted the cows from the calves. We hauled all of the calves to the new pasture corrals first, then hauled the cows. The cows were dropped off into the corrals where Mike and Ginny paired them up with their calf then let them out.  


With all of the cows out on pasture we also spent a good chunk of the week getting around all the fence and making sure it's in good repair! We also spent time with our families and remembered the sacrafices of all of our troops both past and present this past Memorial Day!

May 22nd - Sorting Breeding Pastures
Breeding Season 2015

It's been another wet cool week here in Leola. We've had so much rain this past week I've lost track, but I'm guessing we've had around 10 or so inches of moisture since the beginning of May. This week we even woke up to a bit of snow on Monday May 18th and frost a handful of other mornings this week.


Even though all of the rain was good moisture, it made for some bad sorting weather. We sorted the spring calving cows into their natural service sire pasture groups and walked them out the pasture.  We AI breed every female on the ranch through timed AI using the 7 day CIDR synchronization protocol. Each female is mated to an AI bull and a natural service sire that will best compliment her EPD profile and phenotype. All of our cows were in 4 large groups after calving. They stayed in these groups through AIing. After AIing we sorted the pairs in each group into 12 natural service sire groups then walked each sorted group out to pasture. Once the group was complete we haul the bull out to the group in the pasture. The bulls were introduced into the group 5-7days after AIing. This seperation allows our vets to detect which calves are AI sired and which are natural service sired come ultrasounding time.

This year our natural service sires are:

Loosli Right On 423

PIE Right Kind 342

LSF SRR Triumph 3100A

Bieber Rollin Deep Y118

LSF RAB Exclusive 2793Z

Bieber Spartacus A193

Bieber Federation B544

Bieber RReds Takeout 305A

Bieber Rumor Has It A554

Bieber Deep End B600

Bieber TR A168 - a VGW Oly 903 son 

Bieber Rollin Deep B586

Bieber Rollin Deep B597

Bieber Rollin Deep B599 


Each natural service sire group is compiled into a sort list. We sort each group from horseback then trail the sorted pairs on horseback out to pasture.


Ginny and Craig H checking over the sort list.


Walking the last bunch of the day out to pasutre and heading back before the next storm rolls through.






Once all the pairs are sorted and out to pasture we make sure that each group has a mineral feeder full of salt/mineral and that the water tanks are on and working properly.





There's not a much better sight than pairs out on pasture!





May 14th - Breeding the Twos
Breeding Season 2015

It's been a wet week. We've had moisture everyday this week. It started this Sunday which was the day we AI bred our 220 spring calving two year old cows. On Sunday we had around 1.3 inches of rain, which turned to a snow mix overnight. Our total moisture over the two day period was around 4.5 inches. With a little moisture accumulating each day after that this week we have had well over 5 inches of moisture, with more chances each day through the weekend. We're very thankful for the moisture and the heat that we're expecting next week. Our pastures should be full of grass and red cows/calves this summer! 


We AI breed every female on the ranch through timed AI. Each cow is synchronized using the 7 day CIDR protocol. Prior to AIing we mate each cow with both an AI sire and a natural service sire. We mate each cow to bulls that will best compliment both her phenotype and EPD profile. After AIing we sort the pairs into their natural service sire breeding groups and walk them out to pasture.



We gathered the pairs out of the pasture in the rain and walked them down to the working barn. 

Ginny was wet and cold after gathering horseback in the pouring rain. 

After we got the pairs walked down to the working corrals we sorted the cows from the calves. The pens were a bit sloppy after so much moisture!



It was quite cold this breeding day, so we had windbreaks up and heaters going trying to keep the work area as warm as possible.


The hot coffee was a necessity this breeding day. It kept everyone's spirits up!




We used three AI sires on this group of cows. Bieber Rollin Deep Y118, Bieber Hard Drive Y120 and Bieber Spartacus A193.





The rest of this week we are breeding the rest of our spring calving cows and sorting them into their breeding pastures. We're also calving on our summer cowherd now and have about 80 calves on the ground so far. Look for a calving update soon!


May 6th - Branding our Main Cowherd
Branding 2015

We branded our main cowherd on April 25th. It was misty and cool but we had great help and a good day! The cows were in three bunches. We gathered each bunch of pairs and walked them to the branding corrals closest to the bunch. The first two bunches we worked and branded at our AI corrals. We then moved the branding pen and chute/alley out to the pasture where we gathered and branded our last bunch. After gathering each bunch we sorted the cows from the calves. We moved the calves into the branding pen and worked the cows through the double alley/chute. We gave each of the cows a shot of Cattle Master GOLD, Spirovac, Pinkeye vaccine and a shot of MultiMin Injectable minerals/vitamins. Once the cows were worked for each group we roped and dragged the calves from the branding pen. Wrestlers keep the calves on the ground while we gave them shots of Multimin,  Pinkeye vaccine, a 5-way vaccine Bovi Shield GOLD, and a 7- way Clostridium vaccine (UltraChioce 7)


Here are the pictures from the day, for more pictures be sure to visit our facebook page!




It was really foggy and misty as we gathered the first bunch of pairs in the morning.









After we branded the first two bunches we moved the branding pen panels and chute/alley out to the pasture. Here we gathered the last bunch of pairs and sorted the cows from the calves. We worked the cows first then we roped and dragged the calves. 






Waiting for her baby to get it's shots and come back out to pasture!





Our Zoetis rep Mike Ringgenberg keeping trach of the vaccine and syringes!



Peggy keeping track of the cows/calves numbers that come through so she can make a record of the shots that we gave each cow and calf. Sandy also helped througout the day.





We started the day right away in the morning. We had a pasture lunch at noon then a steak supper after the branding in Craig and Peggy's garage with Seth Anderson as our evening entertainment. 







Seth Anderson is from Aberdeen. He's played at our branding afterparty for two years now and plays around Aberdeen throughout the year. He also sells cars at Pierson Ford if you're in the market!



We hope that you can come to our next branding! 



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