Society Announcement: The Sad Passing of Donald Biggar OBE:
It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden and unexpected passing of Donald Biggar of the renowned Chapelton herd. Donald was a great stalwart of native British beef breeds and his Aberdeen-Angus herd and the ethos on which it was run was well renowned throughout the Aberdeen-Angus membership. He was known by many and will be sadly missed by all who had the opportunity to meet and interact with him.
Chapleton had pedigree herds of Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn and a 250 head of commercial cattle that was maintained with genetics from the two pedigree herds. This kept the focus on the commercial worth of the pedigree herds by harvesting data on everything that was possible to evaluate and having a rigorous selection programme on bulls and females retained in the herd. It is very fitting and opportune that Chapleton is part of the South West Scotland focus in the Review this year.
Donald was also a very active man outside the farm with involvement with many organisations including the Royal Smithfield Club, Quality Meat Scotland, Scottish Agricultural College, WCF to mention but a few. His input to the many organisations that he was a member of was always considered and constructive and without doubt added value to each one of them and will be sadly missed.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Emma, James, Rachel and Duncan at this very sad time and any further information that we can give you on the arrangements will be communicated when they are available.
Barrie L. Turner