WELCOME TO THE
Ranch is a family run ranching operation proud to say we have 4 generations all out working together daily. Great Grandpa Ralph will be celebrating his 90th birthday in the spring of 2022 and is still determined to be out and about every day. Wayne and Erin enjoy being able to work with both of their sons, Leigh and Jordan. Leigh and his wife Olivia welcomed their son Eric into the Bircham Ranch crew in June of 2021 and he is determined to be out doing chores often. Jordan and his girlfriend Traci complete the crew. The ranch is located in the Cypress Hills in the Southwest corner of Saskatchewan, commonly known as short grass country. Our ranch consists of 700 commercial cows and 100 registered Black Angus cows, selling coming 2 year old bulls by private treaty.
This will be our 34rd year selling Black Baldie replacement heifers. This year we will be
consigning approximately 280 Top Cut bred heifers to sell on the second Monday of December at the ranch.
In the mid 1980’s, the Bircham family began the switch from a straight Hereford operation to the present program, which uses Horned Hereford females and Registered Black Angus bulls as service sires. By carefully studying and implementing the best genetics of both breeds, this program offers commercial producers the top cut of first cross high-quality heifers. Calves are born from March 15th to May 15th on a sixty-day breeding program. We have culled ruthlessly for udders, feet, hair, and fertility. Approximately 82-85% of our calves are born in the first three weeks. Every dry cow is culled.
BIRCHAM SALE HEIFERS
We practice a full herd health program using the Bova-Shield Gold Program at branding and
weaning. These heifers are Express Verified with the whole herd (including bulls) getting a shot of Express FP 5VL5. The sale heifers received Ivomec at weaning and at preg checking. Females receive NO implants. The calves are weaned in early October and are fed a ration of 1.5 pounds of rolled barley and cut feed, which is 60% grass/alfalfa hay and 40% cereal crop.
Our first cross Black Baldie heifers are bred and selected with femininity, fertility, milking ability, and maternal traits, which is uppermost in our minds so that our purchasers can buy with confidence.
Our heifers were exposed to Black Angus bulls from June 10th to July 29th with a select group of 45 head(2 sire groups) exposed June 20th to August 3rd. They are bred to FF Dempsey B15 Sons, FF Black Gold E13 Sons, Emulation EXT grandsons, Bircham Upward 72D sons and
Bircham Vance 72B Sons. All the above bulls born birth weights range from 70-80 lbs.
We have had many repeat buyers for our heifers over the years and they have been extremely pleased with the results. We make it a practice to follow up on how our heifers perform. If any problems arise, we will work with you to ensure you are completely satisfied with your purchase of heifers.
Our 2021 sale offering consists of:
· 210 F1 Black Brockle Face (Black Angus X Horned Hereford)
· 10 Straight Black
· 60 F1 Black Simmental X Black Angus
· 7 BBF Black Simm X Black Angus
In the early 2000’s we started our Registered Purebred Black Angus herd to allow us to raise our own high maternal Black Angus bulls. We purchased influential cow families from
prominent herds such as Ebon Hill Angus, Sandy Bar Ranch, and Remington Land & Cattle. Limited use of AI and Embryo Transfers has been used to help improve our Angus herd. This Program lets us produce groups of closely related sires for our Baldie heifers. We have been sourcing high quality herd sires from Flesch Angus (Shelby MT), Glennie Bros. Angus (Carnduff SK),and Ebon Hill Angus (Bow Island AB).
The bloodlines raised at Bircham Ranch are:
· Right Time Sons
· Density Sons
· Objective Sons
· Emulation EXT Sons
· Matrix Sons
· Upward Sons
The bulls sourced from
· Ebon Hill Angus include: Chisum Sons and Alliance Sons
· Flesch Angus: Dempsey Sons and Black Gold Sons
· Glennie Bros.: Arsenal Sons
It is essential that the mothers to the bulls we purchase have sound feet, well-balanced udders, high milk production stats, and good hair coats.
FF Dempsey Son
Bircham Ranch Vance 72B
Glennie Arsenal Son
Ebon Hill Chisum Son
We source all our Hereford females from Purebred and Commercial Herds around South West Saskatchewan. These females come from:
· Wilson Brothers, McCord SK
· Gillespie Herefords, Wymark SK
· Scott White, Shaunavon SK
· Bert & Heather Anderson, Sceptre SK
· Hills Galore Stock Farm, Hazlet SK
· XTC Ranches, Eastend SK
We select these Hereford Females on the basis of their genetic background, conformation, length, well balanced udders, sound feet, and good hair coats.
BLACK SIMMENTAL X BLACK ANGUS PROGRAM
In the fall of 2012 we purchased a group of Registered Black Angus cows from Ken & Heather Frederickson of Wawota SK with the goal of producing F1 Simmental Cross Bred
Heifers. Since then we have used descendants of the Frederickson cows as well as Angus females from our Purebred Division.
We use only Homozygous Polled and Homozygous Black Purebred Simmental bulls to ensure all of the F1 Simmental Heifers are Black and Polled. The bulls we have purchased are out of excellent cows with very good feet and udders from progressive Simmental Breeders.
We have bought Black Simmental bulls from:
· Townview Farms: In Dew Time Sons
Advance Sons, Swagger Sons
· Muirhead Cattle Co.: Captain Black Sons
Pit Boss Sons
· EDN Simmentals: Pit Boss Sons
· Herter Simmentals: In Dew Time Sons
Sweat Meat Son
Leigh and Jordan were members of the Bear Creek 4-H Beef Club and their Black Baldie steers have been declared champions locally as well as at Maple Creek Regional Fair. A Black Baldie cow and calf won overall female champion at Regional Fair.
Steer calves purchased from our herd by others for 4-H competitions have been champions at Swift Current Fair, 4-H on Parade at Calgary, and Calgary British Cross Class at Calgary Stampede. There are steers still being shown at Bear Creek and at Regional Fair.
In 2004, the Bircham family received the Saskatchewan Hereford Association Commerical Cattleman of the Year.
In 2006, the Bircham family received the Saskatchewan Angus Association's Commercial Cattleman of the Year.
We enjoy showing people our cattle, we extend an invitation to come visit us!
We Welcome Your Questions and most importantly,
We Stand Behind Our Cattle!
If you require further information, please contact us:
Wayne, Erin, Leigh & Olivia, Jordan Bircham
(8 miles south of Piapot)
Wayne: Phone/Fax: (306) 558-4514
Wayne Cell: (306) 662-7940
Erin Cell: 306-662-7340
Leigh: (306) 662-8067
Jordan: (306) 662-7427
Leighs Email: email@example.com