Calving season is upon us and we are well into calving out our first cycle heifers! When a cow begins calving, we move her from the Hoop barn to the calving barn to have her calf inside. After the calf is born, the pair stays in a bonding pen in our calving barn for a day or so. This length of time depends on if the bonding goes well and if we need more space for other pairs. When we decide to transition them, we move them to a pairs pen in one of the Hoop barns with other calves the same age and sex.
This video shows how and where we take the pairs as they make that transition.
Calving season is an extremely important time of year for us because the heifer calves will go back into our herd as replacement heifers, and the bull calves will sell as yearlings in next Spring's production sale. This continuous cycle is what keeps our operation running, so we work extremely hard to make sure these calves survive and are well taken care of despite the harsh elements of the South Dakota winter.
Picture Day at the Ranch!
Yesterday was picture day at the Ranch! Here's a quick look into our picture pen where we photographed around 40 lots for our upcoming Spring Production Sale in March.
Genex Hosts AI School at Bieber Red Angus
This past weekend we hosted an AI school at the Ranch. The school was an intensive three day program and had the max attendance at 15 students. Participants in the class learned about estrous cycles, AI techniques, and semen handling, among other things. They were able to put their knowledge into practice before graduating with an AI certification.
Below, Robin is teaching the class about semen handling during the in-class portion of the training.
Here the class is putting their knowledge into practice in the Bieber Red Angus working barn.
Congrats to the class and thank you to Matt Reints of Genex Beef and Robin Salversond of SDSU Extension for teaching!
Calving is in Full Swing!
With a new year comes a new calving season. To say that season is in full swing at Bieber Red Angus would be an understatement - we’ve had 32 new babies in the last 24 hours!
The 2019 International Year Letter Code for beef cattle is the letter G. Though it is not required by our breed association, we use this system because it allows us to easily identify the birth year on the cattle in our herd, among other reasons. Our bull calves are tagged with a G in front of their individual three digit number, and our heifer calves are tagged with a G behind their individual three digit number.
2019 Seedstock 100
The results are in for the 2019 Seedstock 100! Bieber Red Angus made the list at number 27, marketing and selling 600 bulls and 450 bred heifers over the past year.
Quoting from the article, "Inclusion on the S100 list speaks to a host of supplier attributes associated with the commitment and ability to market so many bulls year after year, such as customer trust and satisfaction, industry knowledge and adaptability." To read the full article, click here.
Thank you to our dedicated ranch team and our committed customer base for the support to make this possible!
Happy New Year!
Wishing you peace, love, and happiness in the year to come! Happy New Year!