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Monto cattleman Ian Louttit remembered for his passion

GREAT LIFE: Ian Louttit devoted his life to a career in farming, and his final act was mustering cattle away from flood waters.Contributed
GREAT LIFE: Ian Louttit devoted his life to a career in farming, and his final act was mustering cattle away from flood waters.Contributed Contributed

LIFETIME farmer Ian Louttit died doing what he loved best at age 80.  

The Monto grazier and his horse fell victim to flooded waters while mustering cattle to higher ground on Friday.  

His daughter Virginia Whitby said the family would remember Mr Louttit for his love of humanity, his passion for farming and the contribution he made to the community.  

"Even though his family will grieve his unexpected passing, they are also grateful that he died doing what he loved with his 'boots on' and riding his faithful horse," Ms Whitby said.  

Gympie-born Mr Louttit spent 79 years of his life in the Monto district.  

He was no stranger to horse accidents as he survived his first one when he was 13, which left him in a coma for 17 days.  

Mr Louttit's family were dairy farmers by then and had won numerous ribbons for stud dairy cattle at local and RNA shows.   

At age 17 with sister Jan, Mr Louttit bought his own irrigated dairy property.   

It continued operation until 1971, and stopped when the industry moved to bulk milk.   

"The change to primarily beef gave him a chance to exercise his husbandry skills and after buying his brother-in-law's Brahman stud he developed a reputation for good blood-lines, selling many herd bulls locally," Ms Whitby said.  

Despite little scientific exposure Mr Louttit used empirical observation and systematic record keeping as a basis for decisions in his farming.  

"His primary tools were stock whip and saddle and as a small scale grazier his life is a testimony to natural farming techniques," Ms Whitby said.  

Mr Louttit was a very active member of the community and involved in many organisations from P and C to the show society.   

In 1995, the Rural Fire Service recognised his 20 years of service as a warden/first officer. 

Many more years with the Rural Fire Service followed.  

"His gregarious personality and hail-fellow-well-met attitude acted as a lubricant in the local community," Ms Whitby said.  

"He was a lover of humanity.   

"He had the health and fitness of a 65-year-old."  

Mr Louttit was happily married to May for 53 years, and had two children and four grandchildren.  

North Burnett councillor Paul Lobegeier saw Mr Louttit the day before he disappeared.  

"He always had a smile on his face, always," Cr Lobegeier said.  

"When I spoke to him on Thursday, he was extremely happy about the rain and I gave him a lift to church.

"Whenever he went to town it was of case of talking to as many people as he could.  

"Ian was very community minded and very passionate about all that he was involved with."  

The incident happened at Mr Louttit's property in Glenleigh on Abercorn Rd.  

He left for the trip on Friday and his body was found on Saturday.  

"This is the first time in the North Burnett we have lost a life directly from the floods," Cr Lobegeier said.  

"We will probably never know what exactly took place."  

Topics:  central and north burnett monto


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