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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

“Despite the adversity, we are still producing outstanding products” – Sydney Royal Chair of Judges (Cheese and Dairy).

12 Sep 2018

Entries have opened today for the 2019 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show with Chair of Judges Mark Livermore urging producers to enter despite the tough drought conditions they are currently facing. The Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show is a time-honoured annual competition celebrating excellence within the Australian Dairy Industry. It also helps to set acceptable standards within the dairy sector Read more

Judging Begins today at the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show

30 Aug 2018

Now watch them bring in their best in the annual series of the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Competitions. Yes it has been another tough winter, but our primary producers are a resilient bunch and we’ll get to see just how resilient in the upcoming Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food series of competitions at The Stables, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Read more

RAS Rural Achiever Award entries open as we search for our future country leaders

24 Aug 2018

The call has gone out today for young rural achievers in NSW to step forward as the need for their enthusiasm and leadership is as great as in living memory. Read more

Just 10 days left to apply for the RAS Foundation’s Rural Scholarships

22 Aug 2018

It is in times of hardship that communities stick together, providing more than just a nod of understanding but meaningful support and while much of eastern Australia is suffering from the effects of lingering drought, we see examples of our youth standing up and lending a hand. Read more

RASF Scholarship winners recognised in Sydney Presentation

16 Aug 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation (RASF) overnight honoured recipients of the 2018 RASF Rural Scholarships program at a ceremony in Sydney. Read more

Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Award Winners named at Sydney Showground

13 Aug 2018

Australia's emergence as a force in quality craft beer and cider making has been celebrated this weekend with the staging of the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider awards at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. The announcement of the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider awards was the culmination of weeks of expert judging of both the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show and the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show. While the connection between beer competition and the Agricultural Society of NSW dates back to 1824 (the awarding of ten Spanish dollars for a hogshead of the best beer at Parramatta), there was no beer competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show from 1918-2007. The Sydney Royal Beer and Cider competition earned its own stand-alone status in 2013 and has gone from strength to strength as its popularity among Australian beer and cider devotees grows. Chair of the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Awards Neal Cameron says the standard of entries is improving year on year; "The quality of the beers we are getting through is just incredible, to the point that if brewers don't reach a certain marking standard, Judges become a little annoyed that you have made them drink that beer," Neal Cameron said. "The quality of ciders was also exemplary this year," he said. Of the 225 entries received this year, five champions were chosen. They were: CHAMPION PACKAGED BEER - PIRATE LIFE BREWING PIRATE LIFE BREWING PIRATE LIFE MOSAIC IPA CHAMPION DRAUGHT BEER - LORD NELSON BREWERY LORD NELSON NELSPRESSO BROWN ALE CHAMPION EXPERIMENTAL OR SPECIALTY BEER - HOPE BREWHOUSE HOPE BREWHOUSE BARREL AGED EXTRA STOUT BEST NSW BEER - AUSTRALIAN BREWERY AUSTRALIAN SEIS HERMANOS CHAMPION CIDER - FLYING BRICK CIDER CO FLYING BRICK CIDER ORIGINAL CIDER. Blair Hayden, Managing Director of Sydney’s Lord Nelson Brewery (winner of Champion Draught Beer) says the Australian Beer and Cider industry watches closely international REWARDING EXCELLENCE IN AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE influences and innovation to help satisfy the developing tastes of Australian drinkers, but is devoted to Australian product; "It is a very strong growth industry within Australia and I think the influence of established brewers such as ourselves who are 100% natural and obviously using Australian malted barley and supporting the country’s needs augurs well for the industry in this country," Blair Hayden said. Flying Brick Cider Co. from Wallington near Geelong in Victoria flew the flag for the Cider sector as the sole champion amongst the five champions declared at the Sydney Showground presentation. All Sydney Royal Beer and Cider competition results can be found here;   For further information and images of the Beer and Cider Awards please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Manager Royal Agricultural Society of NSW t 02 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e Read more
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