BEEF TAB Brothers raise quality cattle
By Jean Caspers-Simmet
WAUKON, Iowa -- Ed and George Bieber say things are looking good for the cattle industry.
"With cow numbers down considerably in the Midwest and West, things should be good for a few years to come,'' Ed said.
Ed does all the artificial breeding, and the brothers work together on everything else.
The Biebers start calving the first week in March and continue into May. They also have a few fall calves. Calves are tagged and vaccinated at birth.
Cows are outside all year, but the Biebers bring the bred heifers in a few weeks before calving.
"We try to calve them in a little tighter area in case there are problems,'' Ed said.
Calves are weaned by Nov. 1. They precondition, pregnancy check and worm starting the first week in October.
"We raise quality livestock for commercial cattlemen,'' George said. "We use the best genetics we can get.'' Among the bulls they use on their herd are Bush Grand Design, BCC Bushwacker, Gardens Prime Time, B/R New Frontier, SA Neutron.
The Biebers have participated in the Iowa Angus Bull Test a number of times.
"It's a good test to compare your bulls to a lot of other good breeders of Angus cattle in the state,'' Ed said.
The Biebers have had cattle listed in the American Angus Association Pathfinder Report for a number of years. This year's listing is G &; E Mandrake Baros 6. She has eight calves at 108 weaning rate ratio. The Pathfinder Program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits that are economically important to efficient beef production. These traits include early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights.
The Biebers belong to the American Angus Association, the Iowa Angus Association, the Northeast Iowa Angus Breeders and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association. In 1999 they hosted the Iowa Angus Tour.