Dick Cadzow obituary
DPIR would like to pay respects to Mr Richard (‘Dick’) Cadzow a highly respected member of the NT cattle industry who passed away in Alice Springs on 21 March.
After previously owning Phillip Creek Station, Dick and Ann Cadzow purchased the lease on Mount Riddock in 1986. Dick was a true cattleman and the quality of the Mount Riddock Polled Herefords is testimony to his vision, skills and commitment to the industry. Cattle from Mount Riddock have regularly attracted top prices at the annual Alice Springs Show Sale. Dick was highly regarded by his fellow cattleman and conservationists’ alike and received life membership of the NT Cattlemen’s Association in 2013. Dick left a legacy of the importance of caring for the land. His passion for this became clear when he effectively removed significant populations of feral rabbits and horses on his property. He was a pioneer in improving the capability of the land, by developing an understanding of landscape functioning and introducing ponding banks, while managing grazing pressure. In recognition for his dedication to natural resource management, Dick was awarded the Rural Press Landcare Primary Producer Award in 2004.
Mount Riddock developed into a trend setting station for Central Australia as Dick welcomed researchers to do studies in pastoral land rehabilitation, cattle herd efficiencies, cattle herd health, rotational grazing, meat quality and development of new technology. As an active member of the Alice Springs Pastoral Advisory Committee for eight years, Dick shared his knowledge with young pastoralists and departmental officials and was often described as a top operator that was easy to work with.
Dick and Ann transitioned to retirement in Alice Springs, leaving an improved, highly productive and resilient station to Steve and Rebecca Cadzow, who have built on the success story and introduced further innovations at Mount Riddock.
We honour Dick Cadzow’s memory as a cattleman, a conservationist and a kind gentleman, and we extend our condolences to his wife and family.
Last updated: 30 April 2020
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