The Bichler Simmentals and Red Angus ranch is owned and operated by Doug and Maria Bichler, representing the third generation to farm the land and live on the homestead. Since the farm’s inception in 1920, the Bichler family has strived to care for the land and their animals to the best of their ability. And, in 2018 that core value has never wavered. Doug and Maria also employ their nephew, Patrick, who helps in the everyday operations on the ranch. Patrick also owns a small herd of registered cattle, which are managed here at the ranch. Various family members are needed and appreciated throughout the year.
Our program has grown significantly in the past 13 years. Since we began our production sale in 2005, we have been able to not only increase the number of bulls and females we offer, but create more genetic and phenotypic consistent cattle. We use AI and embryo transfer extensively to ensure we are propagating our best genetics. The ranch is located in south central North Dakota and consists of 250 mother cows which are comprised of both registered and commercial females. The commercial females are utilized in our ET program.
Our philosophy is that quality is always centered around the cowherd. That is why we cull heavily for not only performance and genetics but for relevant traits important to our customers such as disposition, udder quality and structural soundness. Any females failing to meet these requirements are either moved into our recipient herd or are simply culled. We believe the best performing cattle are moderate framed, easy fleshing and deep bodied and you will see this in the cattle we produce. We flush superior cows in our herd to produce superior females which in turn are mated to produce bulls for the purebred and commercial producer alike.
We also employ our philosophy when selecting herd bulls and AI sires to use on our cowherd. Many hours are spent doing our homework to ensure we not only incorporate fresh genetics into our herd, but that they will propel us in a positive direction and in turn do the same for our customers.