Vale Brian Burns

Beef Central, 30/07/2018

RESPECTED beef industry genetics scientist Dr Brian Burns has passed away in Rockhampton, after an extended illness. He was 63.

Brian Burns

Dr Burns built a reputation as a committed, knowledgeable and highly-effective beef extension officer based in Richmond and Swans Lagoon, North Queensland, and Brigalow Research Station near Theodore before completing his PhD in genetics and moving into senior research roles.

He spent his later career in Rockhampton working on fertility and other important Bos Indicus research with Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation.

He followed in his father Max’s footsteps as a committed and long-serving Queensland state government agriculture senior employee.

A service celebrating Brian Burns’ life will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral, 170 William Street, Rockhampton this Wednesday, 1 August from 11 am.

If preferred in lieu of flowers donation to the Cancer Council Queensland or Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia would be appreciated.



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  1. Andrew Gray, 03/08/2018

    RIP Brian from all at NABRC

  2. Nancy Phillips, 01/08/2018

    RIP Brian

  3. Russ Sangster, 31/07/2018

    Brian was a very passionate man in all parts of his life, a skilled communicator, innovator, vet and educator.
    His work with beef genetics will benefit the northern industry for generations.
    He was a great friend and will be sadly missed
    Russ Sangster DAF.

  4. Peter Parnell, 30/07/2018

    Brian was passionate contributor and advocate for the application of science for the advancement of the northern beef industry. His contributions and legacy will be long-lasting.

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