CAB Progressive Partner and South Dakota Rancher Troy Hadrick Opens Up About His OperationTue, 14 Nov 2017 15:16:39 CST
Growing up with a commercial cow-calf herd laid the foundation. Then came collegiate meats-judging, and experience as one of the very first “agvocates.”
When Troy Hadrick started managing his family’s Angus herd, that background solidified his goal to raise the highest quality beef possible.
To watch a video featuring South Dakota ranchers Troy and Stacy Hadrick, winners of the 2017 Progressive Partner of the Year award from the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand, click or tap the PLAYBOX in the window below.
“Then just being able to take the data that's out there that our cows are producing and the data that the Angus Association puts out there for us to use and combine those technologies and combine DNA testing and everything else to every year try and make our beef better. And the numbers speak for themselves,” Hadrick said. “We've accomplished a lot in the last couple of years where we've got 80% of our cattle grading CAB or Prime. And it's something we're really proud of but we're not done yet. Our goals are higher than that and I think we'll get there. But it's just been exciting to see how fast we've been able to accomplish those.”
The Hadricks were honored as 2017 Progressive Partner of the Year by the Certified Angus Beef brand this fall.
Their assertive use of artificial insemination and genomic testing are examples of the forward-thinking management.
“That technology allows us to use some of the best bulls in the world and bulls that are highly proven that we know are going to benefit our cows a lot,” Hadrick explained. “And then combining that over the last few years now with Genemax testing and getting the DNA data and really seeing, looking into the future if you will, a little bit of how these cattle are going to perform is just taking us to another level now.”
The D-N-A “preview” gives them the ability to both manage and market cattle differently.
“If we know we've got cattle that can grade really well we want to make sure we retain ownership on them and market them a grid,” he said. “And it also helps us when we're deciding which females we're going to keep as replacements in our herd. And we know every cow we're putting back into the herd now is going to do a tremendous job for us.”
The rancher says he relies on a team of experts to help him make decisions and avoid pitfalls.
“You've only got so many years in the cow business and so I don't want to make any of those mistakes. So, having people that I know are experts in their field with animal health, animal nutrition, genetics, marketing,” Hadrick concluded. “I want to ask them lots of questions and try to get as much information as I can so I make the best possible decision.”
Then, he’ll share what he knows with other cattlemen and continue building knowledge and bridges. Progressive indeed.
Source - Certified Angus Beef
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