RESPECTED Gatton resident Terry Fitzgerald, 67, has died in a farm accident at Thornton, south of Laidley.
Mr Fitzgerald went to a farm on Kowaltzke Rd on Monday afternoon to collect a stray steer.
Gatton police officer-in-charge Tom Missingham said Mr Fitzgerald was alone with the steer inside a yard when he was fatally injured.
The property owner found the badly injured Mr Fitzgerald near the bottom of a post shortly after 4pm.
The owner performed CPR, but he could not be revived.
He had sustained a head injury.
Paramedics who went to the scene pronounced him dead.
Senior Sergeant Missingham said it was not yet known how Mr Fitzgerald was injured, but that it was possible he might have been struck by the steer and forced into a fence.
Mr Fitzgerald was a contract musterer.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones said Mr Fitzgerald was heavily involved in the Gatton Show and campdrafting.
"He was an institution around Gatton," Cr Jones said.
"He was very well known and very well respected.
"The campdraft grounds are actually on his property in Gatton. He also had very good working dogs."
Cr Jones knew Mr Fitzgerald through his involvement in the Gatton Show and also during Cr Jones's former career with the Department of Primary Industries.