CAB's 2018 Progressive Partner Award Winner Kenny Hinkle Talks About How to Build Better BeefTue, 02 Oct 2018 12:04:17 CDT
Quality over quantity - a motto that Angus producer Kenny Hinkle, of Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus, used to start his herd still rings true today. Using technology like embryo transfer is one winning strategy.
“We are a little unconventional,” Hinkle said. “But that doesn't keep us from doing things. We have found other ways to produce those cattle through our ET herds and whatever. And the genetics are, I think, it's actually helped us have better genetics cause we have just kind of streamlined those groups of cows. We constantly have 12 to 20 donors in the pen. And we roll on those things from spring to fall so we are always, those things are always changing. We're producing, if we can produce 200 calves a year out of 12 cows, 12 elite cows, we're putting a very good product out there, I think. That’s kind of what our goals have always been.”
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Much of the credit goes to those elite females.
“You can fix things pretty quick and we have the quality females to do it with,” Hinkle said. “Everybody talks about the sires and the bull of the month and all that, but it always comes back to me as the high quality females. Anybody can buy a straw of semen on any bull that is for sale but to have that high-quality female is where it's at. And we are fortunate to have a lot of them.”
The payoff is bulls that get better every year, for customers who buy them to work at home, siring replacement heifers and steers to finish that can grade 100 percent Choice or better.
“I love it, the way we are developing these bulls now. I love being able to develop them here at home. You have them here all the time. That's took in part of our cow resource is develop the bulls here. I think it's very vital for us to do it that way,” he remarked. “I'm really tickled, I know my vet is really tickled, and our customers are really pleased the way these bulls have changed the last three or four years.”
It's easy for Hinkle to stay motivated because he’s doing what he loves.
“We started this in '95. Again, we had no intentions for it to be what it is today but, we are, I am glad and thankful that it is,” Hinkle concluded. “The families are here and that's the best part of it, but we enjoy the cattle. We enjoy what we do. We enjoy putting a good product out there. But I look at it and say, ‘I'm pretty proud of where we're at.’ We're really raising the bar here.”
Hinkle and his family received the 2018 Progressive Partner Award in September at the Certified Angus Beef ® brand’s Annual Conference in Hawaii.
Source - Certified Angus Beef
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