Tributes paid following death of farming industry stalwart

Tributes have been paid following the death of prominent Galloway beef farmer Donald Biggar.

Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 5:21 pm
Donald Biggar

Donald passed away on Saturday at his home, Chapelton Farm near Castle Douglas, he was 68.

A Beef Shorthorn breeder of some reknown Donald was heavily involved with many organisations including being a former vice-chairman of Scotland’s Rural College, former chairman of Quality Meat Scotland and past president of NFU Scotland’s Stewartry branch.

Sandy Cumming, chairman of the SRUC Board, said: “Donald was a very successful, forward-looking farmer whose experience was invaluable and his agricultural business acumen was a big influence on its strategy and direction. He was a very fine man and a very effective member of the board.”

lan Clarke, chief executive of QMS, said: “He was a man of decency, integrity, purpose and resolve. The outcomes that Donald secured paved the way for a sustainable and profitable Scottish red meat industry and he was dedicated to ensuring that all aspects of the supply chain could move forward with confidence.”

NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick said: “There can be no doubt that the news of Donald’s death has left a huge hole in the industry. There are few people who will have contributed more to Scottish farming at a local, regional, national and international level.

The Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society director Timothy Riley said: “So very sad to hear of the passing of Donald Biggar who has contributed so much to the UK cattle world. A great colleague and good friend whose wisdom and humour I will sorely miss.”

Scotland Food & Drink CEO James Withes said: “One of the world’s good guys and was always such lovely company. Donald starred in one of the first Scottish food promotional videos we ever made and he’s been broadcast around the world ever since.”

Robert Sommerville of Ardwall Farm said: “Living near Castle Douglas I was at many meetings where Donald was in the audience. He spoke after everyone else had their say, but spoke with common sense and authority and in my view usually got it right. A great loss to farming in Scotland.”

Donald is survived by his wife Emma and children Jamie, Rachael and Duncan.