Media Release

Farewell to a pioneering cattleman

27 September 2013

The Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today expressed his sadness at the passing of John Cox, one of Australia’s pioneering cattlemen.

Mr Cox passed away last night.

Mr Cox was best known as the managing director of Stanbroke Pastoral Company for many years, which was once the world’s largest beef producers, and he was one of the first producers to export live cattle from Australia to South East Asian countries.

In addition to receiving the Centenary Medal for Services to the pastoral industry, and chaired the North Australia Beef Research Council for five years.

‘John’s innovation and leadership helped transform the beef industry in Australia, and his loss will be keenly felt,’ Minister Joyce said.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife Sue and sons Richard, Andrew and Anthony at this sad and difficult time.’