Get to Know Bieber Red Angus
“Our wheelhouse is improving genetics, with a focus on being the best in the world at Red Angus.”
Bieber Red Angus is a family business that has been a leader in Red Angus genetics since our inaugural production sale in 1976. Our program revolves around our customers’ needs. What does that mean? We focus on producing cattle that meet the ever-changing demands of the industry. We don’t breed the same cattle today that we bred in 1986 or 1996 or 2006 or 2016; and we won’t breed the same cattle in 2026 that we breed today. We strive to provide well-balanced cattle with strong maternal traits, which is a priority in the Red Angus breed. We want well rounded females that are good uddered, functionally sound, and reproductively fertile while also boasting a solid structure, a quiet disposition, and sustainable performance.
Performance is the cornerstone of our program. We constantly search for the right EPD combination that exhibits solid performance from birth to harvest. We firmly believe that EPDs work when the data and calculations are correct. It is our job as producers to be as accurate as possible when submitting our registered data to the association because accurate data results in accurate EPDs. We want to help our customers make the best decision possible when purchasing cattle, and that is why we work diligently to collect, analyze, and submit our data with as much integrity as possible. Our naturally born calves are raised with no creep feeding so that the weaning and growth data they exhibit in their EPD is a true reflection of the actual performance of the animal. Not only that, without creep feeding we can see the true productivity of the dam as well, which helps us make the best culling decisions for our herd.
Structurally, we require the animals in our herd to be correct on their feet, legs, and hooves. Our operation has been concerned with solid foot structure as long as anyone in the Red Angus breed. To some degree genetics play a part in the problem, but some of the time it is the environment in a herd runs in that exacerbates things. To point to the genetic alone is not enough, we need to be aware of the environmental conditions that help express the problem.
We believe that in order for an operation to be successful, you need to have females with good functional udders. We want the calf to be able to get up and suck shortly after birth without any problems. That being said, sometimes the pursuit of the picture perfect udder can be as detrimental as not culling bad udders quickly enough. Ultimately the udders need to be functional and trouble free.
Producing Great Cattle
We are continuously working towards producing the best animals possible. We often get the question, “What is the best sire you have produced?” That’s a difficult one to answer, because we have been very fortunate to produce a lot of great cattle. We are always trying to make our herd better, and we often think the next great one is being tested. Great sires produce a lot of greater progeny. In our experience, the great ones are also often quickly outdone by their sons and daughter who proliferate the population.
Many sires are right for their time because they offer something that the population needs in that moment. Some stand the test of time, but with the tools we have now we have the ability to make the right mating to move the generation forward.