The Board of Holstein Australia would like to acknowledge the passing of Lou (Luigi) Alexander Giglia AM, Honorary Federal Life Member, former Federal President (1987-1992), Board Member (1981-1992), WA Branch President (1968-1971), twice Master Breeder (1992 and 2008), and much loved and respected friend to many breeders and members throughout the country and overseas.
Lou was not only a stalwart of Holstein Australia, but was a champion for the breed in his native WA and nationally. The following is taken from Lou’s entry in the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia Hall of Fame.
The Dairy Industry in Western Australia benefited from the imposing influence of Lou Giglia. As the son of Italian parents producing fresh milk in suburban Perth, Lou recognised that Western Australian dairy cattle could be as successful and productive as any in the country with skilful control of their breeding and husbandry. He illustrated this when he founded the Ponderosa herd of Holstein Friesian cattle in 1962.
Over the next 40 years his animals dominated in production figures and in show rings in Western Australia, where he won the Governor’s cup at the RAS three times, and the prestigious Queen’s Cup. He enthusiastically developed and used the latest technology for recording and breeding and the best farming and land-care practices on his property. More importantly, he shared this knowledge and success freely with others.
His influence was far reaching through off farm commitments such as a directorship with Wesfarmers and roles in organisations as diverse as Junior Farmers, the Holstein Association of Australia, the Murray Shire and the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia.
Lou’s presence will be very much missed by Holstein Australia. The contribution he made to the Association and to our industry lives on to this day, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
The thoughts of the Board are very much with Maria, Lou’s wife of 50 years, son Stuart and daughter Rebecca.