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Boer Goat Icon Boetie Malan Passes

The Boer goat industry suffered a great loss on Thursday, May 13, 2004. Stephanus Willem (Boetie) Malan passed away at the age of 67 after a long illness.

Boetie Malan Mr. Malan was very active in world agriculture industries and was a valued repository and resource of knowledge about both Boer goats and cattle. He traveled to and was welcome in every country that raised Boer goats, serving as both an instructor and as a show ring judge.
Mr. Malan visited and consulted with many US breeders over the years. He was senior judge at the 1998 ABGA Nationals and was welcomed as a friend and mentor.

His approach to evaluating the quality of a Boer goat was "Always find the good points first...". When we become "... overly critical of traits that irritate us we may reject an otherwise valuable animal." Only after establishing the good points would he consider the less than desirable characteristics. Then, weighing the good and bad points, make a final determination.

He received his Agriculture Diploma from Grootfontein Agriculture Development Institute and operated a Boer goat stud with his son S.W. Malan, Jr. in Adelade SA.
He was elected to the executive of the Boer Goat Breeders Association of South Africa in 1965, became Vice President in 1978 and later served as President of the association from 1986 until his retirement in October of 2001.

Mr. Malan's interests were not limited to Boer goats. He was a rugby referee and referee instructor and he served as president of the North East Cape Rugby union.
In 1966 he became, at age 29, the youngest commanding officer in history of the Algoa Bay Civil Defense Force.

Mr. Malan is survived by his wife Elize, sons Carel (C.D.) and Stephanus Jr., and two daughters, Marianne and Madelyne.

"Boetie" Malan
October 14, 1936
May 13, 2004
You Will Be Missed


 

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