Sydney Royal Competitions encourage and reward excellence, with the aim to support a viable and prosperous future for our agricultural communities.
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Since 2006, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW presents the ultimate award in agricultural excellence, The President’s Medal. It is unique in that the Medal is not awarded solely on taste; the Medal recognises a producers overall financial, social and environmental integrity through the entire production cycle from gate to plate. It draws from Sydney Royal Champions from throughout the year, examines, and celebrates truly inspirational, innovative agricultural food and beverage achievers.
Supporting the Australian dairy produce industry The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW is a not-for-profit organisation that has been an influential force in the direction and development of Australian agriculture through competitions, education and events since its foundation in 1822. Today, through the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show, we are promoting and rewarding excellence in the Australian dairy produce industry. Networks The Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show is committed to attracting the very best professionals as Judges and Stewards, providing an excellent environment for networking and professional development to all participants, resulting in benefits for the industry at large. Development of Judges Our Chair of Judges, Mark Livermore and the RAS of NSW Dairy Produce Committee select the judging panel for the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show aiming to include a combination of cheese & dairy producers, industry educators, communicators and retailers.
Amongst a range of competition classes in the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show is the Research and Development Class. In this non-medal category our esteemed industry judges provide confidential feedback to exhibitors on the quality of their product, serving as the first stage of development of a new product with a professional and cost-efficient approach. Mark Livermore, Chair of Judges - Cheese & Dairy Produce answers some questions about this class below. How does the judging process for exhibits in the Research & Development Class differ from those in other Classes? This class is judged using the same criteria as other classes, however, where appropriate we do use a larger number of judges to examine the product and provide expert comments back to the exhibitor. Those criteria are Flavour, Body and Texture, and Appearance. Should the manufacturer ask us to look at any additional aspects of the product we can do that, as we have a large pool of expert judges with varied backgrounds and products knowledge. What information will the exhibitor receive if they enter? All exhibitors to the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show receive feedback on their products and they may contact the Chair of Judges to discuss their exhibit. What criteria will the exhibit be judged on? The criteria covers all aspects of the product from the packaging and product presentation right through to its consumption. For products that require further preparation before consumption, eg. cooking, we do conduct that step so that the product is judged as it would be by the end consumer. What other benefits are there of entering? The product will be assessed in one sitting by a range of highly qualified and experienced people from across Australia.
The Judging Panel The Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Show engages the most experienced and respected Judges in the industry and endorses the development of future judges with a strong succession plan through Associate Judges. All Judges involved in the Show have completed an accredited sensory training course. Judging panels of three to five Judges are constituted from a combination of the following; Manufacturers and technologists from industry Product users Product retailers Other specialist and industry judges Mark Livermore is the Show's Chair of Judges. Mark brings to the role three decades of cheese and dairy produce judging experience and very extensive first-hand industry experience. Chair of Judges - Mark Livermore The Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show continues its fine tradition of innovation, excellence and reviewing the competition in line with industry developments. In accordance with this review, I am excited to welcome the Frozen Yoghurt Classes to the Competition for the first time in 2017. The Competition Schedule has been thoroughly reviewed and I encourage all Exhibitors to refer to this document during the entry process. Our judging panels are made up of the best and fine-tuned palates in the country, proudly reflecting the diversity and depth of our industry. Over the past year we have also been working with our Judges to expand the collective knowledge base and expertise of the judging panels through sensory training courses conducted in conjunction with Dairy Australia. To this end, every Judge involved in the competition has undergone formal training. As you are no doubt aware, the Australian dairy industry is facing difficult times with a drop in the farmgate price of milk supplied to factories. The quality and variety of products produced in Australia is of the highest standard and it is through the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show that we can objectively demonstrate to Australian consumers and international markets that our products are indeed amongst the best in the world. It is through our system of awarding medals and Championships that the industry, buyers and consumers can easily recognise top performers and make production and purchasing decisions. For Exhibitors themselves, these awards provide a real identifiable recognition of product quality, which they can use as a foothold into new markets and furthermore the Judges feedback offers a real launching pad for future development and growth. Finally I would like to thank the RAS of NSW Dairy Produce Committee and in particular it’s Chair, Geoff Mason, for once again giving me the honour and privilege of leading the team of respected Judges at this year’s Show. I look forward to celebrating the exceptional calibre of Australian cheese and dairy produce products that will be presented The Judging Process The judging process is overseen by Sydney Cheese & Dairy Produce Show engages the most experiended and respected Judges in the industry and endorses the development of future judges with a strong succession plan through Associate Judges. Medals are determined by the Judges usging the following point scale: Gold medal for outstanding Exhibits gaining 18pts and over; Silver medal for excellent Exhibits gaining 17pts but fewer than 17.9pts; Bronze medal for quality Exhibits gaining 16pts but fewer than 16.9pts. Associate Judging The Committee has embarked on a path of growing the pool of Judges available and have adopted a rotation policy to refresh the judging panels and give them a different dynamic and capture potential new judges coming through the industry and therefore endorses the development of future judges by offering Associate Judging positions. Stewarding Stewards play a valuable part in the judging of each competition and ensure the day runs smoothly through the coordination and preparation of exhibits for Judges. Stewarding is a fantastic way of leaning more about the industry, competitions and the judging process, with opportunities to develop into Associate Judge and Judge roles in the future.