Raglan's 'Sandy' Troup has been described as a 'pioneer' in the lamb industry, a dedicated community-minded man who helped revolutionise the industry in the 1980s.
James MacGregor 'Sandy' Troup died peacefully on January 13, aged 81.
Pyrenees Shire councillor Robert Vance said he would drive past Mr Troup's farm every time he was on his way to council.
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"His name has been part of Beaufort for as long as I've been involved with Pyrenees Shire," Cr Vance said.
"I know, from my experiences as a farmer, is that he's highly regarded in the fat lamb industry, and a very good farmer - it could be said he was one of the pioneers, it takes a lifetime to develop the knowledge.
"He's been a great advocate for the farming industry, and a great community person for Beaufort and the region.
"He will be sadly missed - he and his wife Jeanette have been great contributors to the area for all the time they've lived there."
Mr Troup became president of the then-Sheepmeat Council of Australia in 1993 after spending years advocating for improved domestic and international lamb trade - according to SheepCentral.com, he was instrumental in developing the Australian industry.
But closer to home, he was a familiar face at Apex and Rotary meetings, as well as helping establish shearing competitions at the Beaufort Agricultural Show.
Rotary Club of Beaufort secretary Anne Beer said he had been a Rotarian for 14 years.
"Sandy was a supportive and active member, participating in all aspects of Rotary programs and projects," she said in a statement.
"He served as club president in 2006-2007. The theme for Sandy's year was 'Lead the Way" which he certainly did, both in Rotary and in the wider community."
He was also remembered by the Victorian Farmers Federation's livestock president Steve Harrison.
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"James was an influential figure in the Victorian sheep scene, helping to steer the industry through tough times in the 1980s and undoubtedly has left an enormous legacy for farmers today," he said in a statement.
"Our thoughts go out to the entire Troup family."
Mr Troup's funeral will be held at the Beaufort Uniting Church on Friday, and streamed online.
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