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THE CREAM RISES TO THE TOP AS MEDALS ABOUND AT SYDNEY ROYAL's CHEESE AND DAIRY SHOW

24 Feb 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 The Australian dairy industry has again shown its enduring high standards and reputation for quality with a swag of medals awarded at the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Show. Sixty two medals, including 24 gold have been awarded from the 79 entries presented through the white, UHT, homogenised, non-homogenised, modified, skim and flavoured categories. Judges were also called upon to assess 249 entries in the cheese categories, awarding a total of 143 medals, 29 of those gold. The judging was conducted last week at the Sydney Showground.    Gary Reid, Chair, Dairy Produce Committee said all winners were selected by a judging panel of industry specialists, who benchmark the best in Australia while nurturing the growth of producers nationally. "Sydney Royal is committed to fostering a competitive space that assesses, promotes and rewards Australian produce across a large number of categories, and this year’s dairy produce show was no exception," Mr Reid said. "We've seen companies benefit considerably from winning a Sydney Royal medal, which provides multiple marketing opportunities to leverage success both local and internationally. I encourage all Australians to look out for Sydney Royal medals and support these great Australian producers and their fantastic products," he said. Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Champions in 2017 also included; Champion Butter - Murray Goulburn, Victoria - Beautifully Butterfully Salted. Milk - Champion White Milk - Brownes Dairy, Victoria - Brownes Extra Creamy Milk. Milk - Champion Flavoured Milk - Sharma's Kitchen, NSW - Milk Badam. Cheese - Champion Cheddar Cheese - Bega Cheese Ltd - Rindless Cheddar Traditional Recipe. Cheese ­­- Champion Specialty Cheese - Lion, Dairy and Drinks, Tasmania – Heidi Raclette. Cheese - Champion Cheese of Show - Bega Cheese Ltd, NSW - Rindless Cheddar Traditional Recipe. Australia's love affair with premium and novelty dairy products continues with the sector dominating the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Awards medal count. Gelato produced 72 medals from the 97 entries presented, an incredible strike rate. One in every five entries in the "Gelato - any flavours" categories was awarded a gold medal, such was the standard in 2017. Peters of Mulgrave, Victoria took out the Champion Premium Ice Cream or Gelato Annual Trophy for its Connoisseur Classic Vanilla Ice Cream. Gundowring Fine Foods, also from Victoria has taken out the Champion Ice Cream or Frozen Yoghurt Annual Trophy for its Ice Cream Licorice. The Champion Novel Ice Cream title has been awarded to Serendipity Ice Cream from Marrickville for its Peanut Butter Dipitypop. Another Sydney producer, Cow and the Moon from Enmore has been awarded Champion Gelato for its Salted Caramel production, while the 2017 Champion Sorbet Trophy has been won by Gelatissimo Pty Ltd from Sydney's Rydalmere for its Raspberry flavoured Sorbet. The honour for Champion Yoghurt has gone to Sydney's (Ermington) Gourmet Goodies for its Apple and Rhubarb all natural flavoured Yoghurt. Overall in 2017, 755 entries were submitted to the judging panels from 94 classes. Goat Milk, Buffalo Milk and Buffalo Milk products, Sheep Milk and Sheep Milk products, Haloumi and Lebneh. Winning a Sydney Royal medal gives food producers the opportunity to brand their product with a prestigious Championship, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal. Further information and interview requests please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW t  02 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

It's almost SHOWTIME!

17 Feb 2017

17 February 2017 Hooves, Horsepower and Heritage are some of the main themes as the Sydney Royal Easter Show returns in 2017. The largest ticketed annual event in the southern hemisphere runs from 6 April until 19 April at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park with a blend of fresh attractions and the traditional family favourites. Each year the Sydney Royal Easter Show attracts an average of 850,000 visitors and with the 2017 Show coinciding with NSW school holidays, there is every opportunity for that number to be exceeded. The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), the convenor of the Sydney Royal Easter Show works tirelessly throughout the year to preserve and display for all Showgoers the nearly 200 years of Show heritage, while at the same time presenting the most contemporary rides and entertainment from around the world. “We get one shot every year at entertaining and educating our domestic and international visitors and we love sending them home having had the best experience possible,” RAS General Manager Murray Wilton said.   “That fortnight each year when the country comes to the city is our opportunity to educate our visitors about the importance of the agriculture sector while at the same time making it fun and engaging. In 2017 we are confident we have the formula just right,” Mr Wilton said. For the first time in 65 years the Grand Parade will be held in the middle of the day at 1pm on Tuesday 11 April. New attractions include “Little Hands On The Land”, a kid-sized working farm aimed at teaching our children all about agriculture from the crop to the shop. “The Beast” is being introduced to Carnival at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for the first time in 2017, a thrilling Europe-sourced attraction which swings riders 43 metres above the crowd below. By popular demand the “Man from Snowy River” spectacular returns to Spotless Stadium with each night performances. The very best stockmen and 100 animals combine in a thundering display which brings Banjo Paterson’s iconic ballad of the Australian outback to life. The RAS has always been very proud of its history and in line with this, for the first time, visitors will be able to wander back in time through the Heritage Pavilion where iconic trophies, decades-old sample bags and other Show mementos are on display.    The Sydney Royal Easter Show is all about providing value for money and with 12 hours of free entertainment each day, we believe the Show is definitely the best value in Sydney. All tickets have been frozen at last year’s prices for purchases online prior to the opening day of the Show. Family tickets purchased pre-show will remain at $99.50.  Single Day tickets for children are available online at just $22 and for adults $37. Two day Showlink tickets are just $62.20 for adults and $39 for children aged 4 to 15. Show Dates: Thursday 6 April to Wednesday 19 April, 2017. Tickets: On sale now (pre-sale ends 5 April, 2017) at  www.eastershow.com.au An online booking fee of $2.55 may apply. Media Accreditation: Accreditation is now open to broadcast, print and online media assigned to cover the Show and who meet the accreditation criteria. All applications, complete with headshots must be submitted by 24 March 2017. To apply for accreditation, please click on  here . For further information please contact: Roger White   PR Manager Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Ph: 02 9704 1453 E:  rwhite@rasnsw.com.au   Alison Dance Communications Coordinator, (RAS) adance@rasnsw.com.au                         T: 02 9704 1041 Ends Read more

"Best Ever Oysters" Grace the Sydney Royal Aquaculture Competition

15 Feb 2017

14 February 2017 This year's Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Aquaculture competition held by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS of NSW) has seen the highest quality entry of oysters ever presented to the judging panel. Two days of Aquaculture judging at "The Stables" at the Sydney Showground has seen Sydney Rock Oysters awarded a staggering 12 gold medals from the 39 entries presented. Chair of Judges John Susman says the quality of the Sydney Rock Oysters presented in the past week was of the highest standard in the category's 18 year history at Sydney Royal. "It is the season for Sydney Rock and what was presented to us this year was truly outstanding in quality and the number of gold medals handed out reflects that," Mr Susman said. "It was truly a pleasure to see and shows the industry is in good shape," he said. Doyles Oysters from Batemans Bay, NSW was awarded the Champion Sydney Rock Oyster and claimed the best in show award - the Champion Aquaculture Product Perpetual Trophy donated by Noel Herbst OAM. Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Senator Anne Ruston was on hand to view the judging and was impressed with what she saw. "No wonder the world is talking about Australian Aquaculture - The proof is in the eating," Senator Ruston said. "Australian Aquaculture industry is a critical element in our nation's world class Agriculture sector," she said. Pacific Reef Fisheries from Ayr, Qld took out the Champion Prawn Exhibit Perpetual Trophy donated by Graham J Crouch. Pejo Enterprises from Innisfail, Qld has been recognised for Champion Barramundi, Pialligo Estate Smokehouse from Pialligo, ACT was awarded the Champion Salmon Product for their Atlantic Salmon Cold Smoked and Arc-En-Ciel from Hanging Rock, NSW has claimed the Champion Trout Product for their Whole Smoked Rainbow Trout. Another success story has been Murray Gold Australia from Toronto, NSW. Murray Gold Australia, entering its first Sydney Royal competition has truly lived up to its name by taking out two Golds in the Fresh Fish categories for their Murray Cod Plate Size and Large Fish exhibits. This native Australian fish continues as one of the fastest growing aquaculture sectors in Australia. In all, the 2017 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Aquaculture competition produced 99 medals - 32 gold, 44 silver and 23 bronze, 11 Gold medals more than the 2016 competition. Ends. Further information, interview and image requests, please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations p 02 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Image reference: RAS of NSW CEO Brock Gilmour, the Hon Rick Colless MLC (NSW) Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources & Regional Planning, John Susman, Chair of Judges - Aquaculture and Murray Wilton, General Manager, RAS of NSW. Read more

Calling all Canine Heroes

30 Jan 2017

30 January 2017 The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is seeking stories from around Australia of outstanding canine accomplishments ahead of the 2017 NSW Canine Hero Awards. So often our dogs are more than just our companions, they turn out to be unheralded heroes and lifesavers and the RAS wants them to gain the recognition they deserve. Some canines display an incredible act of bravery in an instinctive moment, others transform a human life in adversity through their training and dedication to their human companion. They may not be able to tell us their incredible stories, but you can. In 2016 Governor General, His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC was on hand to present NSW Police German Shepherd “Ulrich” with the inaugural Service Dog Award at the Sydney Royal Easter Show’s Canine Hero Awards. Ulrich helped police track down an 86-year-old man missing for three days from Maitland Hospital in March 2015. Ulrich led his handler down a ravine for about 50 metres to where the man was lying at the bottom of the slope. This year at the Sydney Royal Easter Show awards will be presented in two categories; 1. AAR Service Dog Award Open to any dog that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed exemplary commitment to a service or government organisation. 2. AAR Companion Dog Award Open to any dog in private ownership that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed in an exceptional way the human-animal bond. Judges from The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW will select finalists and the ultimate winners who will be invited to attend the Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show, Best In Show day on 17 April 2017 to receive their award. Rules The Awards are open to residents of Australian States or Territories who own the nominated dog or are the authorised agent of the owner of the nominated dog. Entries must include a completed and signed Awards Entry form, photograph and narrative description. Applications will be judged in the week of 10 April and the winners will be contacted that week. Winners will be invited to attend the Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show as part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show to receive their awards on Monday 17 April 2017. The winners, their stories and photos will be featured in the Dog News Australia paper and the Dogs NSW Journal. Prizes: $1500 cash prize to the winner of each category sponsored by the Australian Animal Registry (AAR) How to enter the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Canine Heroes Awards: Please complete the Awards Entry Form and forward to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW with a high resolution picture of yourself and the dog. Entries can be submitted by; Completing the entry form Emailing your entry to domesticanimals@rasnsw.com.au   (photo attached) Post the entry to; (photo attached) RASNSW Canine Hero Awards Locked bag 4317 Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127 Closing Date: Tuesday 28 th February 2017 Ends. For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Roger White, Manager, Public Relations, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS)  M: 0478 092 425| P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au   About the Australian Animal Registry; The Australian Animal Registry (AAR) maintains the records of more than 2 million animals throughout Australia and New Zealand via microchipping. We register all animals: dogs; cats; birds; horses; reptiles; even ferrets. AAR provides an accurate and independent service designed to assist in the speedy recovery of registered animals. Our website is help@aar.org.au . Read more

Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Judging

30 Jan 2017

Monday 30 January 2017 NO "HAS BEANS" HERE - COFFEE MARKS THE START OF THE SYDNEY ROYAL FINE FOOD JUDGING. Australia's never ceasing love affair with coffee will be tested, quite literally next week when the best judges in the land descend on Sydney Showground at Olympic Park as part of the annual Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. The 2017 coffee judging will see 301entries by  56 exhibitors from around Australia compete for the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals. Recognition for the winners can open doors to domestic and even international markets. The coffee judging begins Tuesday, January 31 and continues through Thursday February 2, 2017. Categories to be judged include international and Australian grown single origin and blend coffees, across latte, espresso, plunger and decaffeinated. All beans must be roasted in Australia. The coffee judging will be followed on February 6 and 7 by the Sydney Royal Professional Bakery (Bread & Cake and Pastry & Biscuit) categories and on February 9 and 10 by the Aquaculture divisions (Prawns & Oysters, Fresh Fish & Other Products, such as Caviar and Pate). Across the Aquaculture competition, entries are judged on their taste and aroma, visual appeal, texture, shell, fullness, condition and presentation. In the Professional Bakery category, judging criteria includes: for Bread; volume and appearance, crust colour, texture, aroma and flavour; for Cake, Pastry and Biscuits; volume and appearance, crumb quality and lightness; and for Pies:, visual appeal, aroma, flavour, mouthfeel and "eatability". In all across Coffee, Professional Bakery and Aquaculture, 785 entries have been submitted by a total of 158 exhibitors from across the Australia. Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Fine Food Committee Chair, Ms Sally Evans says increasingly each year, the Sydney Royal Fine Food competitions reflect the ever-evolving and widening tastes of Australians and their demands on Australian producers. "The Sydney Royal brand uncovers, and places on a pedestal for all to see, the 'best of the best' among Australian food producers who capture the very essence of the land." Members of the media are invited to attend all judging sessions, which are closed to the public.  Photographic and interview opportunities with judges will be available on request. Coffee Green Bean:  Tuesday 31 January Cappuccino, Espresso, Plunger, Decaf:  Wednesday 1 February,  Thursday 2 February (Judges available from 9am-2pm) Professional Bakery Bread & Cake: Monday 6 February Pastry & Biscuit:  Tuesday 7 February ( Judges available from 9am-2pm ) Aquaculture Prawns and Oysters:  Thursday 9 February Fresh Fish and Other:  Friday 10 February ( Judges available from 9am-2pm )   Available for interview:                               Sally Evans, Sydney Royal Fine Food Committee Chair John Susman, Chair of Judges - Aquaculture Roger Haden, Chair of Judges - Professional Bakery Paul Mannassis, Chair of Judges - Coffee As the judging is sensory, media are asked to please avoid strong scents such as perfumes, colognes and cigarette smoke prior to attending. Follow us: Twitter: @ras_nsw Instagram: @ras_nsw Facebook: www.facebook.com/ RASofNSW #finefoodshow #followthejourney #sydneyroyal For further information, including high resolution images, please contact:  Roger White - Public Relations Manager M: 0478 092 425 | P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Canine Heroes Wanted!

13 Dec 2016

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is seeking stories of outstanding accomplishments by "man's best friend" ahead of the 2017 NSW Canine Hero Awards. So often our dogs are more than just our companions, they turn out to be unheralded heroes and lifesavers. Some canines display an incredible act of bravery in an instinctive moment, others transform a human life in adversity through their training. They may not be able to tell us their incredible stories, but you can. In 2016 Governor General, His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC was on hand to present NSW Police German Shepherd "Ulrich" with the inaugural Service Dog Award at the Sydney Royal Easter Show’s Canine Hero Awards. Ulrich helped police track down an 86-year-old man missing for three days from Maitland Hospital in March 2015. Ulrich led his handler down a ravine for about 50 metres to where the man was lying at the bottom of the slope. Next year at the Sydney Royal Easter Show awards will be presented in two categories; AAR Service Dog Award Open to any dog that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed exemplary commitment to a service or government organisation. AAR Companion Dog Award   Open to any dog in private ownership that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed in an exceptional way the human-animal bond. Judges from The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW will select finalists and the ultimate winners who will be invited to attend the Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show, Best In Show day on 17 April 2017 to receive their award. Rules The Awards are open to residents of NSW at the time of entry who own the nominated dog or are the authorised agent of the owner of the nominated dog. Entries must include a completed and signed Awards Entry form, photograph and narrative description. Applications will be judged in the week of 10 April and the winners will be contacted that week. Winners will be invited to attend the Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show as part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show to receive their awards on Monday 17 April 2017. The winners, their stories and photos will be featured in the Dog News Australia paper and the Dogs NSW Journal. Prizes: $1500 cash prize to the winner of each category sponsored by the Australian Animal Registry (AAR) How to enter the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Canine Heroes Awards: Please complete the Awards Entry Form and forward to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW with a high resolution picture of you/the dog. Entries can be submitted by; Completing the entry form Emailing your entry to domesticanimals@rasnsw.com.au (photo attached) Post the entry to; (photo attached) RASNSW Canine Hero Awards Locked bag 4317 Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127 Closing Date: Tuesday 28 th February 2017 Ends. For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Roger White, Manager, Public Relations, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS)  M: 0478 092 425| P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au About the Australian Animal Registry; The Australian Animal Registry (AAR) maintains the records of more than 2 million animals throughout Australia and New Zealand via microchipping. We register all animals: dogs; cats; birds; horses; reptiles; even ferrets. AAR provides an accurate and independent service designed to assist in the speedy recovery of registered animals. Visit our website . Read more

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Unique Scholarships open to VET students in NSW

30 Nov 2016

As an initiative to further foster education and support in rural NSW, scholarships of up to $5,000 for study in 2017 are available to students studying Vocational Education Training (VET) courses around the state. Offered by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation, the scholarships are available for NSW individuals studying at registered VET institutions, such as TAFE or local colleges, who demonstrate a passion for a career that will support the future success of our rural and regional communities. Kate Ross, Executive Officer of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation, said the organisation is committed to supporting students and their post-school study. “Every student takes a different career path and through this program we’re enabling more students to reach their potential through studies that will see them living, working and contributing to rural and regional communities,” Ms Ross said. “This scholarship embraces the diversity we are seeing in country communities and the goal of this program is to help develop Australia’s next generation, while making post-school study accessible to as many individuals as possible. “Our VET Scholarship Program has so far assisted students undertaking a broad range of studies including auto electrics, agriculture, community services and wool classing, whose passion and drive has shone through in their scholarship applications,” she said. Scholarships are valued up to $5,000 for full time and $2,500 for part time students. Applicants must be enrolled in or are applying for study in any accredited VET course at an approved Australian education provider and must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. For more information and to submit your application, head to rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants Applications close at midnight on 12 February, 2017. Ends   For media enquiries, including high resolution images, please contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations | P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au   About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation: The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships. Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more
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