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Sydney Royal President’s Medal finalists unveiled.

14 Nov 2018

After more than 3000 entries and over half a year of competition, the search for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Annual President’s Medal is down to six outstanding finalists from across Australia. Read more

The RAS lends a helping hand as Junee celebrates its 130th Show

24 Oct 2018

Country Shows and rural communities have always been at the heart of every Sydney Royal Easter Show and to repay the favour, the team at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) loves to travel to a variety of country Shows as a reciprocal expression of support. This weekend, a coachload of RAS Staff will donate their family time to lend a helping-hand to one such event, the 130th annual Junee Show. Read more

Celebrating 30 years of the RAS’ Rural Achievers Program

28 Sep 2018

They are the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW “Rural Achievers”, but could just as easily be labelled the “quiet achievers”, humble rural youth who have across 30 years of the program unselfishly put back into their communities. Read more

Lamb defies the drought to Triumph at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show

21 Sep 2018

Lamb entries have again defied the devastating drought to be named winner of the 2018 Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy at the Sydney Royal “Taste of Excellence Awards” held tonight at The Stables, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. The Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy has been won by Victoria’s Woodward Foods Australia for its export grade Lamb (USA). The Trophy is decided amongst the Championship winners to emerge from the Branded Meat section of the coveted Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show held this month. Dick Stone was a true gentleman of the Australian Meat Industry that was resolute in his commitment to promoting excellence in the sector.   2018 is the first year the Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy has been expanded to include beef, lamb and pork classes presented to the expert judges. Chair of the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Committee and Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Councillor Lachlan Bowtell says this year’s competition was a testament to resilience; “Even through the ravages of drought Australian lamb producers have delivered yet again,” Lachlan Bowtell said. “The high quality and flavours of the lamb presented to the judges this year made their role even more difficult. “The Sydney Royal Fine Food Awards aim to reward excellence and this year was a true testament to the commitment and passion of not only lamb, but beef and pork producers, at times under dire circumstances,” Lachlan Bowtell said. Chair of Judges in the Branded Meat competition George R. Ujvary agreed; “The overall quality of Beef exhibits this year was very high and it was interesting to see the gap between the marbling quality of grass fed and grain fed beef exhibits closing yet again this year,” George Ujvary said. “The marbling of Wagyu exhibits this year was exceptional and flavour across all categories was very good. “In the Lamb competition, the standard of some exhibits was exceptionally high this year despite the conditions seen across the country which presented a number of challenges to producers. “The top exhibits were sweet in flavour, extremely tender and exceptional in mouthfeel and appearance. “Whilst the Pork competition is still in relative infancy, the standard of competition was high and we all look forward to seeing this competition develop in the coming years,” he said. During the competition 11 Gold Medals were awarded across seven classes in “Branded Meat” one of a series of time-honoured competitions conducted by the RAS and Sydney Royal across the calendar year. From the Gold Medallists, Championship winners in Branded Meat were as follows; CHAMPION LAMB (Classes 1 to 3) CL: 0002 WOODWARD FOODS AUSTRALIA WOODWARD FOODS EXPORT LAMB (USA) CN: 202 WOODWARD FOODS AUSTRALIA CHAMPION PORK (Classes 4 to 5) CL: 0004 DIAMOND SPRINGS PASTORAL PREMIUM FREE RANGE PORK - FEMALE CN: 400 DIAMOND SPRINGS PASTORAL CHAMPION BEEF (Classes 6 to 8) CL: 0006 MANNING VALLEY NATURALLY MANNING VALLEY NATURALLY BEEF CN: 604 WINGHAM BEEF EXPORTS BRANDED MEAT GRAND CHAMPION (Classes 1 to 8) CL: 0002 WOODWARD FOODS AUSTRALIA WOODWARD FOODS EXPORT LAMB (USA) The Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy, donated by Peggy Stone, for Branded Meat Grand Champion Exhibit. CL: 0002 WOODWARD FOODS AUSTRALIA WOODWARD FOODS EXPORT LAMB (USA) CN: 202 WOODWARD FOODS AUSTRALIA Ends. Media Contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW P: (02) 9704 1453 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Nicola Dalby Communications Coordinator Royal Agricultural Society of NSW P: (02) 9704 1401 E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Champions unveiled from the 2018 Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show

21 Sep 2018

Chocolate is pure pleasure for many all over the world. However for some it is their livelihood, a source of inspiration and an outlet for their creativity. Read more

Jerky Trendy at the 2018 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show

21 Sep 2018

Sydney Royal Competitions will soon click over 200 years, but this time-honoured organisation can never be accused of not keeping up with trends, particularly in food. Read more

Young Northern NSW egg producer wins RAS Foundation-backed Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship

19 Sep 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) has given its support to the highly-respected Nuffield Australia by backing one of the 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarships. Nuffield Australia’s farming scholarships aim to support and develop the next generation of Agricultural leaders by investing in research and innovation. Read more

Sydney Royal teams up with OzHarvest to give back to local charities

14 Sep 2018

At a time when drought has meant a greater focus on the value of Australian produce, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s (RAS) Fine Food Committee has linked with food rescue organisation OzHarvest, to ensure surplus product from the annual Spring Fine Food Show is directed to where it’s needed most. In coming days, charities across Sydney could be receiving Sydney Royal Gold Medal winning Wagyu beef or delicious Champion level pork just judged as part of the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show. Read more
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