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Richard Goodwin Keats (1927-1991)

Richard Keats - pictured right.

Born in Charters Towers on 23.1.1927

Died on 29.11.1991 of polycythemia vera contracted 1974

One of the great achievers of the northern cattle industries providing inspiration of many who knew him.

He was years before his time.

Many of his ideas and their application helped raise the benchmark for successful cattle breeding throughout the North West.


Attended All Souls School - Charters Towers

Captain of 'Page' House at All Souls

Jackerooed at Brunette Downs

1953 and 1954 were spent touring and working in the United Kingdom, Argentina and in the United States where he did a course in animal genetics.

He worked for, and was greatly influenced by Tom Lasater - the founder of the Beefmaster Cattle. www.lasaterranch.com

Imported the first Beefmasters into Australia - "Charlie Pride" and "Don Cotton" (pictured right)

Designed the first overhead cattle drafting system using triangular block gates. (pictured above)

Moved to Bow Park in 1955, bought Shilmalier in 1961, Gleeson 1986 and Pialah 1988.

Councillor of McKinlay Shire Council 1970 to 1982.

Survived by wife Flora and children Guy, Tom and Linda.