Angus Australia was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Don MacLeay of Blackrock Angus, WA. Don was a highly respected breeder and inspirational enthusiast of Angus. The following short tribute was provided by Don’s family.
Vale Don MacLeay 1924 – 2016
Don together with Felicity started the Blackrock Angus Stud in Busselton Western Australia in 1968 when they purchased 20 heifers and a bull from the Naranghi Stud in Victoria. A keen performance recorder Don soon fell into the performance recording, record keeping and breeding side of the business.
Don was a firm believer in using objective measurement for selection from his first days in breeding cattle.
Always looking for improved methods for selection he championed the development of Breedplan from its earliest days.
Don came late to farming, he had previously followed his father into the Royal Navy joining as a 16 year old. There he completed his engineering qualification in a career that saw active service during the WW11 D Day Landings in Normandy. He also excelled at sport playing cricket for the Combined Services(UK), he played against the English national side and on another occasion the Australian Combined services.
Don maintained a close association with the WA Angus Committee, of late being particularly involved in the area of breed promotion.
Don is survived by his wife Felicity, children Peter, Ken and Liz, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.