Angus Australia was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Brian Brooker, from “Main Camp”, Upper Rouchel in the Hunter Valley.
Always a fervent stalwart for the Angus breed, Brian purchased his first Angus cattle during the 1950s. Together with his wife Margaret, Brian was a member of Angus Australia since 1961.
Brian was an energetic and enthusiastic mentor for many cattle breeders, and along with his close friend and colleague the late Bill McKiernan, was passionate about the importance of muscling and fleshing ability in Angus cattle. Brian and Bill were well known characters at Sydney RAS Show where they initiated the official live muscle scores on the led steers and performed the scoring for many years. Together, Brian and Bill trained many cattle breeders and NSW DPI Beefos on the skills of visual muscle scoring on live cattle and carcases. Brian was influential in initiating research to quantify the benefits and pitfalls of improving muscling in a beef herd. Bulls bred by Brian formed the “core” of “high muscle” lines established by Bill McKiernan in his well-known muscling research herd. Steers bred by the Brooker family had tremendous success in carcase competitions at Sydney Royal Show, largely due to their high saleable meat yield.
Brian will be remembered as a real contributor to the NSW beef industry.
Brian’s funeral will be held at the Rouchel Uniting Church on Friday, 14th July at 11am. The service will be followed by a celebration of his life at the Rouchel School of Arts.
Angus Australia offers its sincere condolences to the Brooker family in your time of sorrow.
Image: Brian Brooker and Bill McKiernan at the Hunter Valley Angus Breeders Association post-sale dinner, 2006