National Angus president wants to speed up progress

FORMER Prime Minister Bob Hawke once said, “If you can’t ride two horses then you should get out of the circus”.

And some might say that is the perfect proverb for Upper Murray cattle stud owner Mike Gadd.

Or even that he was “destined to rule” — and, at the very least, to become very comfortable being president of breed societies.

Mr Gadd is the new president of Angus Australia, having been elected to that position at the society’s recent annual general meeting Wagga.

“Two horses” because his father was instrumental in helping to develop the Murray grey breed at the family’s property, The Glen, and was president of the Murray Grey Society for a while, as was son Mike.

But he does not see any sort of conflict in the dual roles.

“I don’t think so,” he said.

“My understanding is I am the second person to have been the president of two different beef societies in Australia, the other Lew Smit, from Koojan Hills in Western Australia who, coincidentally, was president of the Murray greys and angus as well.

“My wife Joy and I run The Glen Pastoral Company from our property Glenview, just outside of Walwa.

“We have 100 grey cows that have been infused with angus blood and 300 regular angus females.

“And all of them are registered with Angus Australia.”

Mr Gadd, 60, said he had always enjoyed being on the boards of cattle societies, just as his father had.

“I was on the board of the Murray Greys for quite a few years and was its longest-serving president,” he said.

“And I have been on the board of Angus Australia for six or seven years.”

Mr Gadd became interested in Angus in 1997.

“They had superior marbling and the feedlots were asking for them, so they became very popular,” he said.

“It grew from there.

“We obtained 50 straws from a bull in the US, which was regarded as the best in the world, BR New Design 036, and in 2003 we went full time into breeding angus bulls.

“I bought the entire Mitta Valley Stud herd of 120, 80 females from the Landfall Stud and 20 from the Tipaburra Stud in the Yarra Valley.”

Mr Gadd said he had always been excited about being involved with Angus Australia.

“Even more so now as president,” he said.

“It is such a progressive society, with many good people in it.

“And now there is this massive global gene pool and the fact we continue to have the latest cutting-edge technology when it comes to genes and performance.

“We have been going gang-busters for about two decades now and, I’m sorry, the other breeds are a long way behind us.”

Mr Gadd said it would be pretty much more of the same during the early period of his presidency.

“We have a strategic plan that involves, among other things, a program to look at the genetics needed to push angus into the northern Australia environment,” he said.

“My role will be looking to encourage progress as fast as we can.”

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