When Pat Flynn arrived at a surprise party for his 70th birthday on Sunday, he didn’t realise that another surprise was in store for him. For over 4 decades, Pat has been involved with the Droughtmaster breed and it was because of this dedication to helping youth through the establishment of a commercial operation and later, a stud herd, that Pat was given the honour of Life Membership of the Droughtmaster Society.
Many breeders would be familiar with the Droughtmaster stud prefix “Boystown” established in 1984 as Stud #495 .
Pat was confident a Droughtmaster Stud would instil responsibility and accountability into the boys of Boystown by creating a rewarding hobby that would generate life-changing opportunities for them. Through Pat’s experience of showing cattle with his three sons, he knew the temperament of the Droughtmaster breed would be perfect for Boystown’s youth.
Boystown cattle became highly sought after and in the show-ring celebrated a remarkable list of successes. For Pat, two of his personal highlights with the Boystown Stud are during one Brisbane Royal Show, when he was asked to lead Boystown Andrew into the Tivoli Theatre for an MLA conference. This exercise involved a police escort, the bull going into lifts, and walking across marble foyers. That would have been an amazing sight! The stud also topped the last ever Ekka Bull Sale with Boystown Caesar.
When Pat was asked why he wanted to work with Boystown and the Droughtmaster Stud, he simply replied: “My passion was using the Droughtmaster breed to change the lives of disadvantaged and disengaged children. Droughtmaster cattle provided many kids with a sense of accomplishment and improved their attitude and outlook on life. When we were at a show with other Droughtmaster Breeders, the boys had a supportive family for the first time in their life.”
Pat’s involvement with Boystown ended in 1992. Within 10 years of Droughtmaster breeding, Boystown had approximately 800 breeders and 280 D1 cows – a herd Pat is proud of still to this day.
Pat continued his association with the breed and working with youth when he took up a position at Warwick State High School as an Agriculture Assistant from 2000-2016.
Pat Flynn has dedicated over half his life to working with youth. During this time he has always favoured the Droughtmaster breed insisting its docility as a positive attribute to introduce to children with no cattle handling experience.
** NOTE: This is just a small sample of some of the marvellous work that Pat Flynn has done. Over the coming weeks we will continue to highlight the work done by this remarkable, humble gentleman.
Sir, we salute you and know that you truly deserve this recognition for all that you have done for the breed.