11450 353rd AvenueLeola, SD 57456Office: (605) 439-3628
Craig & Peggy: (605) 439-3545 Email: office@bieberrdangus.com
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October 21st - Bieber Fever IX!
Fall 2015

Bieber Fever XI is approaching fast and will be held on November 12th here at the ranch and live online at DVAuction.com.

We are offering:

- 150 registered Red Angus Cows (50 calving in March/April and 100 calving in May/June) including a complete dispersal of all of our 2008 cows including donors and the last of the cows purchased in the Basin Aquisition.


- 200+ Commercial Red Angus Heifers. These heifers are AIed and come from some of our best customers!


- 100+ Commercial Red Angus cows coming from Vander Linden Farms!


- 100 Coming 2-Year old bulls. These bulls are stout, good looking with great EPDs and a history of prepotency behing them. Several are ET full and half siblings to last spring's high sellers. This year's bulls offer unique opportunities! Check the catalog for full details


Here is a link to this fall's Bieber Fever IX catalog. 



If you are not on our mailing list and would like a catalog please email your request to office@bieberredangus.com and we will make sure that you get one!


October 14th - Ranch Updates
Fall 2015

Happy Wednesday! It's been a week full of interesting weather here at the ranch. This weekend we had temperatures in the 80s followed by a Monday of wind gust up to 40-50mph and temperatures in the 50s! We're quite dry in this area, and all of these winds make fires a real danger! 



This week on the ranch we moved our spring born weaned calves out of the hoop buildings and moved them to out to our developer pens. When moving them we sorted the calves based on size and phenotype, keeping the heifers and bulls seperate. The calves will stay in these pens throughout the fall/winter.




This week we also weaned our Summer born calves into the hoop buildings. They will get started for the first month in the buildings, then they will be moved to the developer pens also. The hoop buildings will then be used as display pens for our upcoming sale Bieber Fever IX coming up quickly on November 12th here at the ranch. If you would like a catalog sent to you please email your information to office@bieberredangus.com!

We hope to see you there!


This week we also stockpiled our high moisture corn that will be used in our rations throughout the winter. We own cropland at the ranch but instead of growing our own crops we rent out the land and buy back the corn/cornstalks we need for winter. 






Don't forget Bieber Fever IX is coming up on November 12th. Check the website for the online catalog or request a catalog at office@bieberredangus.com!



October 7th - Weaning
Fall 2015

It's been a great moderate fall week here. The weather has been beautiful week and we have enjoyed it! 


A couple weeks ago we weaned all of our spring calves. This year we decided to try something new and put the newly weaned calves into the hoop buildings for the first month. We thought the smaller pens along with the building design would promote higher feed consumption and healthier calves. So far we have been happy with the results!


When we weaned we had the heifers and bulls sorted. Then we gate cut 40 head per pen keeping the heifers and bulls seperate. When we move the cattle into the outside developer pens we will sort the hiefers and bull by size and phenotype into the larger pens. Not sorting into the hoop buildings is another way we cut down on the weaning stress this year.


Feeding and bunk breaking the freshly weaned calves is easier and more efficient in the hoop buildings also. 


Next week we are weaning the summer calves and the rest of the ET calves are coming into the feedlot. We will also be moving the spring calves into the larger developer pens outside.

October 1st - ET calves
Fall 2015

Over the last week we have gotten a few groups of ET calves back to the ranch from our cooperators. We have donor cows flushed here at the ranch year round and each spring we implant embryos into our cooperators cows. These cows raise the ET calves and come weaning we bring the ET calves back to the ranch.



When they get to ranch headquarters we work them through the chute and give theim their wenaing vaccinations including Bovi-Shield Gold, Somubac and a wart vaccine. We then re-tag the calves with our yellow tag and tattoo them with our RAB breeder ID and the calves new tag number.

Craig referencing the ET records to find each calf's new tag number and resetting the tattoo press accordingly. 

Lindley retagging each calf. 


Craig Howard and Dillon tattooing the RAB breeder code in the calf's right ear and their individual ID number in the left. 


We also took a DNA tissue sample for parentage and 50K testing. 

Peggy scans each DNA collection vial into the computer then enters each ET calf's new tag number along with their weaning weight. Lindley then used the vial to collect a small tissue sample from each calf's ear.


During weaning we had three Kansas State Masters students here at the ranch. They are working with Dr. Weaber and the Red Angus Association to create and EPD for feet and leg structure. After we worked each calf they used a scoring program on tablets and video to score several feet and leg traits of all of our weaned calves and all of the spring cows.  


We are excited to see the results of their project and enjoyed having them at the ranch!

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