The Cattle Management Program from Bieber Red Angus
BUILDING A FOUNDATION COW HERD
Our cow herd was started in 1968 with proven cows from leading breeders. Those cows gave us genetic lead time because they were the top cut from some of the best genetics available. What progress has been made over the last 30+ years. Superior sires carried our herd forward in the early years, bulls such as:
BKT Foro 1108AP
• Choctaw Chief 373
• PRF Chiefton 7284 (son of 904)
We started with the best genetics in production to make the optimum improvements. When the first National Red Angus Sire Summary was produced in 1986, the following sires from our program earned SIX Trait Leader Positions for weaning and yearling weight:
• RAB Abe Lincoln
• RAB Nation E410-236
• RAB Rock LB555-RM
• JKG Chiefton L303
Since the first Red Angus sire summary produced in 1986, our sires have held over 101 trait leader positions for birth, weaning, yearling, milk and stayability EPD's.
Because there is a high correlation between feed efficiency, growth and meat yield, our 30 years of selection for optimum growth has resulted in cattle that produce superior carcass traits. Maternal traits will always have a high priority in our herd and we have continually selected for balanced cattle with an emphasis on optimum growth. Balanced cattle have high fertility, adequate milk, longevity, growth and quality red meat yield.
"Fault-Free Practical Cattle"
has been our motto in better beef production.
EVERY GOOD BULL NEEDS AN OUTSTANDING DAM
Every progressive program has superior females producing a calf every year. We select and breed the top 70% of all heifers born here in order to ensure the best females are producing your next herd sire.
This outstanding maternal influence will give you the reliability you come to expect from Bieber Red Angus Ranch.
SELECTION & CULLING
Why do birthweights vary from
year to year?
Typically the Red Angus breed has tried to maintain low to moderate birth weights (60-85 pounds). We find when we have a really severe winter (as we had in 96-97) our birth weights go higher than normal. The theory being in cold weather cows eat more and concentrate the blood supply in the vital organs and the calf gets an increased blood supply increasing birth weight. We find that calves with larger birth weights (85-100 pounds) have better survival (provided there is no calving difficulty) because they have more body mass and can take the adverse weather better. Research substantiates this conclusion. Growth is also highly correlated to birth weight! Most cows can have an 85 to 100 pound calf with no difficulty.
EPD's: EXPECTED PROGENY DIFFERENCES
EPD's are the most powerful tool that is available for making genetic progress.
EPD's incorporate the performance of the individual, along with the performance of all its relatives.
• WW EPD: Weaning. Higher weaning EPD's predict higher weaning weights.
• MILK EPD: Milk EPD should be used to predict the milking ability of the daughters of the bulls in question (or of direct milking potential in the case of heifers). Higher milk EPD's project more milk.
• TM EPD: Total maternal EPD's should be used to predict the total weaning weight performance (milk + weaning weight) of a bull's daughters. Higher total maternal EPD's predict greater weaning weight from daughters.
• YW EPD: Yearling. Higher yearling EPD's indicate greater expected yearling weights.
• BW EPD: Birth. A lower EPD predicts lower birth weights.
• STAY EPD: Stayability is primarily a measure of sustained fertility in female offspring.