11450 353rd AvenueLeola, SD 57456Office: (605) 439-3628
Craig & Peggy: (605) 439-3545 Email: office@bieberrdangus.com
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September 24th - Ranch Updates

Last weekend, thanks to all of our late summer moisture, we cut a 4th haycutting! A third cutting in our country is a rare sight let alone a 4th! 


Our working barn construction is coming along. The tin is on the roof and the interior ceiling and the posts are set for the interior gating!


Our November Production sale is coming up on November 10th! Start making plans to join us here at the ranch or online on DVAuction.com! We're starting to put together the lot order and catalog. 

September 17th - Preparing to Wean

We're getting ready to wean our mature pairs on Monday. Today on this beautiful mid-September day we set off on horseback to walk the pairs closer to ranch headquarters.



Rod one of our ranch hand jumped on for his first ride horseback in nearly 30 years!

Dillon and Boots


We had alot of volunteers, including Cayson (Craig and Lindley Howard's baby) who was buckled onto the Ranger and ready for his first cow moving mission!


The pairs are big and we're excited to watch these calves grow and develop once they hit the feedlot! 



September 11th

Today 15 years later we remember all of the victims of 9/11 and their families, the first responders and the servicemen and women who fight for our freedom! We will forever stand as a nation united under God.




September 7th - Bieber Fever XI: November 10th

On November 10th here at the ranch we will be selling 600+ females! 


This offering includes:


75+ Registered Red Angus Bred Heifers - This past spring we bred 420 heifers. This is your oppourtunity to buy bred heifers from the heart of the Bieber program! They're bred to calve in Jan/Feb and May/June.


130+ Registered Red Angus Bred Cows - Roughly 100 Feb/Mar/Apr calving and 50 May/June calving cows will sell. This includes a complete dispersal of all of our 2009 cows. There will be many great donor cows on the offering including the dams of Roolin Deep Y118 and Spartacus A193!


 400+ Commercial Bred Red Angus Heifers - These heifers are AI bred and come from some of our best customers. They will be grouped by calving date. If you are looking for heifers this will be an offering you have to see!


 150+ Commercial Red Angus Bred Cows - Good young cows coming with their second calf, you won't want to miss this oppourtunity!


 110 Coming Two Year Old Bulls - There will be more ET calves in this group than we have ever offered in the past. This group will have many herd bull opportunitites like last years high seller Bieber Deep End B597 who sold to Genex! Sons of Hard Drive, Spartacus, Samurai, Roosevelt, Rollin Deep and Real McCoy sell!


September 2nd - New Working Facility
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Construction has started on our new working facility! 

You can see our current working barn in the front and the new working facility going up in the background. The new building will hold two chute/alley systems, a variety of sorting pens, a temperature controlled working room, and a ton of storage!


This week we also stockpiled distillers grains for winter feeding.

August 31st - ReCIDR

We're always looking for ways to increase our AI conception rate. Through the years we have tried several different estrous synchronization protocols in an effort to get more AI pregnancies. This year we decided to try a technique called reCIDR with our summer calving cowherd. If the technique is successful we plan to use it next year on all the cows. 


To start with we used a standard 7 day CIDR protocol. When we pulled CIDRs we gave each cow a dose of Lutelyse and placed an Estrotec patch on each cow. After pulling CIDRs we used split time AI to breed the cows. 66 hours after pulling CIDRS we bred the cows whose patches showed signs that they had been in heat. The 'colds', or cows with no signs of estrus on their heat patches at 66 hours, were bred at 90 hours after the CIDRs were pulled.


On day 5 (4 days after breeding) we turned one bull out in each group of cows. Each cow group had around 90 cows. The bulls were pulled from the groups on Day 13 and we put a CIDR back into all of the cows.


On day 20 (19 days after breeding) we pulled all the CIDRs and placed new heat patches on each cow. We then rode heats and bred for 4 days. On day 26 (after the initial breeding) we turned the bulls back out into their groups where they will stay until day 45.


The thinking behind reCIDRing is that we will be able to identify, synchronize and breed the cows that didn't concieve on the initial AI breeding, without disrupting the pregnancies of the 50+% of cows who concieved during the first split time AI. Being able to AI without waiting until the next heat cycle or pregnancy ultrasound will help us have a tighter calving group, more AI pregnancies and use less clean up bulls.


While there isn't much research on reCIDRing everyone we talked to believed that the progesterone shift from placing and pulling a CIDR in a bred cow wouldn't disrupt the pregnancy and in theory the reCIDR would be effective. Our initial impressions is that the reCIDRing seemed effective. We AIed under 50% of the total cowherd the second time and so far the bulls have not seemed overly active. We will share our results after we ultrasound!


If you have any questions about how we used reCIDRs feel free to call Craig Bieber 605/216-8169 or Craig Howard 605/377-3128. 









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