Angus Australia was saddened to hear of the passing of Honorary Life Member, Mr Keith McFarlane.
Mr McFarlane has been a major contributor to the Australian Beef industry, particularly through his involvement and leadership roles with the Angus Society of Australia at State and National level. He was a Member of SA Angus State Committee for over 30 years since the early 1980s, and Councillor on the Angus Society of Australia Board for 10 years, including 3 years as Federal President. Mr McFarlane’s leadership of the Angus Society coincided with a period of significant growth and transformation of the Society. He directed several important developments including the relocation of the Society’s headquarters from Sydney to Armidale and the recruitment of technical staff to lead the future development of the Angus breed.
Mr McFarlane has particularly contributed towards ensuring the services provided by the Angus Society adequately addressed the needs of commercial cattle producers in its education, extension and youth development. He was instrumental in introducing Beef Cattle Assessment Schools in South Australia, which have since been emulated in other states.
At a state level, Mr McFarlane has invested considerable personal time and energy in nurturing and promoting the beef cattle exhibitions at the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RA&HS) of South Australian. He has served on various Committees of the RA&HS and at various times has held the roles of Chairman the Cattle Committee, the Board of Management and the Education Foundation. Mr McFarlane has also contributed for many years to the University of Adelaide, particularly in his role as a member of the J.S. Davies Foundation Committee.
The funeral will be held at Wellington Lodge, Tailem Bend SA next Wednesday 14thAugust from 1.30pm (SA time)
Top image: Keith McFarlane with wife Janet.