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Meredith Dairy takes home the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW President's Medal

18 Apr 2019

Out of 5,458 products, 425 gold medals, 92 champions and 6 Finalists, Meredith Dairy has claimed the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) most prestigious food and beverage award and been announced as the 13 th Annual  President's Medal winner. For nearly 200 years, the RAS has celebrated the top performing fine food and beverages by awarding medals at the Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy and Fine Food Shows; the President's Medal is the pinnacle of these competitions. Judged on a triple bottom line assessment to determine their social, economic and environmental impacts, finalist underwent months of judging to determine their impact on not only the industry but their local communities. Through this process, Meredith Dairy demonstrated an outstanding devotion to the local economy for the town of Meredith, located in Victoria providing 'enterprise fostering' for staff to encourage local community development and agricultural innovation such as investing in DNA genomic research. Julie Cameron, Owner of Meredith Dairy says her team took on judges' feedback when they were a finalist in 2014 and came back to claim the top prize, "The way we run agriculture in Australia is very special, there is a lot of pride in it and that’s what makes the President's Medal so unique. It's about sustainability, the triple bottom line. Our investment back into the industry is as important as our investment back into our local community and to win an award that honours that is incredible." "Life on the property can be very up and down, so we just remain positive. Using the feedback from Judges we continued to improve our processes and product until we got it just right. Our staff will be so thrilled to have all their hard work recognised." RAS President, Robert Ryan OAM says the award is a true reflection of Meredith Dairy's vision and dedication to the industry. "This unique award is now in its 13 th  year and recognises not only extraordinary products but the extraordinary businesses and people behind them," Mr Ryan said "Tonight is the final step in a journey that began last year when Meredith Dairy picked up an award for their Marinated Feta Sheep Goat Blend. Since then Meredith Dairy have demonstrated outstanding innovation and quality to be named our 2019 recipient."   For further information or to enter please visit the RAS of NSW  website .  Media Contact Nicola Dalby Communications Manager E: P: 02 9704 1041 M: 0434 579 906 Read more

It’s all about the Cheese Board at the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Awards

18 Feb 2019

The perfect cheese board has been carefully selected by expert Chair of Judges, Mark Livermore from products across Australia this week and announced at the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Awards held at The Stables, Sydney Olympic Park on Monday night. Read more

Williamtown’s Jarrod Sansom named 2019 JB Fairfax Rural Journalism scholar

1 Feb 2019

Williamtown local, Jarrod Sansom has taken out one of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundations most prestigious awards, the JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism. The award, which was established by John B Fairfax AO in 2008 aims to foster the next generation of rural journalist, providing them with invaluable opportunities to grow their portfolio and tell stories from rural Australia. Read more

Supporting the future of Australian wine - RASF Wine Scholarships announced

9 Jan 2019

A new generation of young professionals committed to forging a career in the Australian wine industry have been recognised by the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show and Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation. Read more

A Sydney Royal Special – The oyster’s you need on your platter this Christmas

21 Dec 2018

It's time to get those oysters shucked and ready for the Christmas platter and who better than Sydney Royal to make sure your oysters are the best Australia has to offer. Read more

RAS brings home multiple trophies from the 2018 IAFE Awards in the USA

19 Dec 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) and the Sydney Royal Easter Show have taken out numerous categories at the 128 th  annual International Association Fair and Exposition (IAFE) convention held in San Antonio, TX. RAS representatives, Shane McGrath (Senior Manager Operations and Product Development) and Lynelle Smith (Head of Entertainment) accepted the awards for categories including education, unique partnerships and two trophies for Agricultural Division and Judges Choice award winner. The IAFE recognises U.S and International State Fairs and Agricultural Shows for their contribution to education in the agriculture sector.   Claiming 12 awards overall at the IAFE Expo, seven of which were first place, the RAS also took home the Sweepstakes Award for winning the most points in its division, while the Sydney Royal Easter Show won the Judges Choice Award and Agricultural Division trophies for its innovative technological exhibit, ‘Farm of The Future’.   Judged on Theme, Promotion of Agriculture, Goals and Achievements, Fairgoer Reaction, Originality and Overall Achievement, the RAS is honoured to be recognised for its programs and agricultural event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australia’s largest annual ticketed event. General Manager, Agriculture and Sydney Royal Easter Show, Murray Wilton says the recognition on an international scale is tremendous; “The RAS is thrilled to be awarded and recognised for our contribution to Agriculture,” Mr Wilton. “Our team works tirelessly to promote the importance of agriculture to the everyday lives of Australians, always working to keep the messages contemporary. “We have recently implemented some great innovative programs such as ‘Farm of The Future’ and ‘AgVision’ which have both been recognised as front-runners in agricultural education, crucially for our young Showgoers, many of whom have never stepped foot on a farm,” Mr Wilton said. AgVision is an education program which aims to support agriculture and agribusiness through expos and workshops and was awarded first place for a non-fair related event or program which promotes agriculture. Innovative agricultural technology exhibit, Farm of the Future was a partnership with the University of New England, giving Sydney Royal Easter Show guests a glimpse into the future of agriculture.  The activation was awarded first place for “best newly established program”, edging out 467 entries to be awarded the prestigious “Judges Choice” and “Agricultural Division” trophies.   The Royal Agricultural Society (IAFE Awards) honour roll for 2018: CATEGORY 1: Agricultural exhibitor events, awards, participation incentives or retention programs First Place - Medal and Awards Artwork and style guides   CATEGORY 2: Technique/procedure/policy developed by Fair Management to correct an issue or challenge related to an agricultural program First Place - New changeover for Cattle CATEGORY 3: Newly established or evolving program/exhibit at your fair which promotes agriculture to the fair-going public  First Place - Farm of the Future CATEGORY 5: Non-fair related agriculture event/program which is produced or co-produced by your fair  First Place – AgVision CATEGORY 6: Unique partnership for an exhibit/promotion/special event/competition showcased during the Fair  First Place – “Showstopper” Beer CATEGORY 7: Innovative way(s) technology is used to benefit agriculture program(s) at your Fair  Third Place - Barcode scanning in A&C and WDFF CATEGORY 10(A through E): Agriculture individual photo  First Place – Rodeo, “Bull charging the barrel” CATEGORY 11: Agriculture program area  First Place - New Signage program and roll-out   CATEGORY 8: Agriculture Communications  Entrant will describe how the fair is using media (print or electronic) to promote agriculture program(s) to exhibitors, the media plan (and its efficiencies or benefits), how it fit with the fair’s overall communication plan, resources utilized and how success was measured. Second Place – Marketing CATEGORY 9: Agriculture programs video  Third Place – President’s Medals Sweepstakes Award:  Division Winner Judges Choice Award and Agricultural Division Winner     Farm of the Future Image: Shane McGrath (Senior Manager Operations and Product Development) and Lynelle Smith (Head of Entertainment) at IAFE Awards in San Antonio, TX.   For further information, please contact:  Nicola Dalby Communications Coordinator P: (02) 9704 1041 E: Read more

Ag’s Future leaders - RAS Rural Achievers Announced

10 Dec 2018

The Akubra’s are being stitched and eight rural-minded individuals from across New South Wales are preparing to step-up as the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) 2019 Rural Achievers. Now in its 30th year, the RAS Rural Achiever program has been recognising young people aged between 20 and 29 for three decades and highlights the importance of youth driven change within rural New South Wales. Read more

Knowing and Growing – The professional development program supporting teachers to present new agricultural curriculum in 2019

26 Nov 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and NSW Department of Primary Industries is creating specially designed teacher professional development workshops to assist teachers present programs to their students about food and fibre production in 2019. The Collaboration has been named Knowing and Growing (K&G), an apt description of what is an important element of learning for Australian school children. Read more
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