Agri-Best Feeds awarded 2010 MSU College of Business honor
November 26, 2010
Four-year-old Billings, MT-based company Agri-Best Feeds, received the 2010 Montana State University (MSU) Family Business Award in the new business category. MSU College of Business Family Business Awards recognizes businesses in six different categories each year:
• Very Small Business (Two Medicine Health & Financial Fitness, Bozeman);
• Small Business (Red Rock Power, Havre);
• Medium Business (Montana Milling, Great Falls);
• Large Business (BioScience Laboratories, Bozeman;
• Old Business (Teton Bands, Fairfield); and
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• New Business (Agri-Best Feeds, Billings).
The Agri-Best Feeds’ award read: “In recognition of you personal testing of the product; in recognition of your positive impact on the livestock industry in Montana; in recognition of your rapid growth, impressive share of the market, and approaching profitability; in recognition of your involvement in multiple generations early in your development.”
Irv Haidle, president of Agri-Best, introduced SweetPro, a distillers grains based livestock supplement with the ProBioTein, at the 2006 NILE show after personally evaluating the product in his own herd. Irv’s early business success required him to look for help which he found within his own family.
In April 2007 a family corporation was formed and his son-in-law, Scott Anderson, began working with Irv full time in June as the Director of Operations. The business has continued to expand to the point that Daryl Haidle (son) was hired in January 2008 as the Distribution Manager and Sammy Higgs (grandson-in-law) was hired in August 2009 as the Business Manager. Sales have grown from the start in 2006 to over $2 million in 2009.
Agri-Best Feeds focuses on three areas that are critical to livestock production: animal health and performance; forage utilization; and producer profits. Agri-Best is so committed to these three areas that they sponsor free informational Webinars (Internet meetings in which producers can participate from the comfort and privacy of their own home) featuring some of the top industry leaders in the country. The 2010 fall Webinar series features professors representing five universities, a medical doctor, and a three-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier with topics focusing on cattle (5), horses (2), soil (1) and human health (1). All Webinars are free and open to the public and can be registered for at http://www.agribestfeeds.com by clicking the register button.