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The RAS Young Farmer Challenge is the ultimate test of skill and ability, with young farmers showcasing their expertise in a series of on-farm challenges.
The RAS Young Farmer Challenge is the ultimate test of skill and ability, with young farmers showcasing their expertise in a series of on-farm challenges. This can be anything from animal handling to fencing, driving tractors, putting out fires, first aid, heavy lifting and transport challenges.
2016 RAS Young Farmer Challenge NSW Final Winners - Canberra Matt Sheehy Sam Brown Tara Smith Kimberley Sykes 2014 RAS Young Farmer Challenge NSW Final Winners - Crookwell Bec Hewitt Gearin Price Scott Kensit Jamie Boothman 2013 RAS Young Farmer Challenge NSW Final Winners - NAB Team Sarah Dreverman Greg Heffernan Josh Cochrane 2013 Regional Young Farmer Challenge, Bega NSW Winners - NAB Team Sarah Dreverman Greg Heffernan Josh Cochrane 2012 Regional Young Farmer Challenge, Borenore NSW Winners - Team Broke Aaron Nicholls Wade Peatman Georgie Redfern 2012 RAS Young Farmer Challenge NSW Final Winners - Camden West Rural Fire Brigade Scott Vale (Captain) Brenton Nicholson Timothy Boardman Robert Boardman 2011 Regional Young Farmer Challenge, Borenore NSW Winners - Trangie Tritons Lachlan Samuels Rodney McInnerney 2011 Young Farmer Challenge Winners - Colac Cow Tippers Matt Alford (Captain) Clynton Theodore Troy Errington Brenton Bishop 2010 Young Farmer Challenge Winners - 2009 Rural Achievers Shannon McCormack (Captain) Tim Stivens Tom Pearce Liz Pearson 2009 Young Farmer Challenge Winners - ASC AY Team Ian Pursehouse (Captain) Tom Green Samara Walmsley Garry Obrien
Words: Jodie Van Der Velden With the Easter holiday celebration just weeks away, there’s no doubt chocolate consumption in Australia will spike. Chocolate eggs, said to be an ancient symbol of new life and resurrection and celebration of spring returning, have been associated with this religious holiday since the early 19 th century in Europe. With chocolate on everyone’s minds and palates at this time of year, it’s timely to reflect on all things chocolate and where Australia sits in the chocolate world. The Australian chocolate industry has experienced a rapid evolution over the last decade, with Australian artisan chocolatiers producing as beautiful chocolate products as those found in the luxurious chocolateries of Europe. At the 2013 World Chocolate Masters competition, Australia won third place ahead of Italy (first place) and Netherlands (second place) as well as winning Best Architect of the world - globe. These results clearly highlight the quality of training and innovation found here in Australia. Contemporary Australian trends in chocolate are very much in line with current global trends. Consumers are continually becoming more discerning through increased health awareness and education. Whilst there are certainly still consumers that are satisfied with mass manufactured low grade chocolate products, there is a rapidly growing consumer group that is concerned with the ethics and sustainability behind growing and harvesting cacao, and the manufacturing of chocolate. Consumers are now interested in single origin and single plantation chocolates. These products are made from cacao beans grown in a single location or plantation and contain individual flavour profiles drawn from the cacao bean, rather than the addition of flavours. As the health benefits of chocolate are continually revealed, astute consumers are very conscious of artificial ingredients. There is a growing trend to choose quality over quantity, with consumers turning towards high-quality dark chocolate rather than milk and white chocolates which contain a high sugar, low cacao content. Favourable consumer attitudes towards higher quality chocolate products have caused a decline in demand for some mass manufactured lower grade chocolate products. This trend has resulted in more opportunities for boutique artisan chocolatiers to contribute to the market. Consumers have become more daring than ever before and are trying, and loving, unique flavour combinations, such as chilli and mango, lime and basil, saffron, and balsamic vinegar. The Sydney Royal Chocolate Competition is an ideal showcase for Australia’s chocolatiers. In my role as Chief Chocolate Judge, I’ve witnessed greater emphasis being placed upon innovation and the use of high quality natural ingredients from producers. To see beautifully crafted, innovative chocolate products that have been executed with outstanding technical expertise and skill, being rewarded with Sydney Royal Gold Medals is a very rewarding experience in itself. These awards are invaluable to the winner in acknowledging their outstanding product and encouraging further innovation to lead the Australian chocolate industry into the future. About Jodie Van Der Velden Jodie Van Der Velden is the Chair of Judges for the 2016 Callebaut Sydney Royal Show and has been Chief Judge of Sydney Royal Chocolate competitions since 2012. Ms Van Der Velden has 10 years’ experience as a professional chocolatier. Her passion for the craft has been rewarded through myriad accolades. Considerable time spent in cacao plantations all over the world, working to understand the raw product in its natural state, has contributed in no small part to Ms Van Der Velden’s superior palate and the success of Josophan’s Fine Chocolates, which she founded in 2005.
Spoil dad with these scrumdiddlyumptious selections from the 2016 Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy and Fine Food Shows. BEER Gold American Pale Ale www.napoleonebrewers.com.au Napoleone Brewers, Coldstream NSW 3770 Gold Silent Knight Porter www.mobrewing.com.au Modus Operandi Brewing, Mona Vale 2567 Champion Lovedale Lager www.sydneybrewery.com Sydney Brewery, Lovedale NSW 2325 WINE Trophy 2014 Second Innings Malbec www.bleasdale.com.au Blesadale Vineyards, Langhorne Creek SA 5255 Trophy 2014 CCS Shiraz www.chalkerscrossing.com.au Chalkers Crossing, Young NSW 2594 CHEESE Gold Heritage Vintage www.begacheese.com.au Bega Cheese, Bega NSW 2550 BACON Gold Canadian Style Maple Bacon www.germanbutchery.com.au German Butchery, Mona Vale NSW 2103 LAMB Champion Grass Fed Lamb www.millyhill.com.au Milly Hill Lamb Pty Ltd, Armidale NSW 2350 BEEF Champion Grass Fed Beef www.bindareebeef.com.au Bindaree Beef Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW 2000 OLIVE OIL Champion Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil www.cobramestate.com.au Cobram Estate, Lara VIC 3212 COFFEE Best in Show Kenya www.mycuppa.com.au Carlini Coffee Company, Ashburton VIC 3147
Previously at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… Olive oil was first judged at the Show in 1869 in a class called ‘’Oilmen’s Stores’’ in the Articles of Colonial Manufacture section. This year an olive oil was awarded the 2016 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) President’s Medal. A President’s Medal winner must not only show a market leading product and quality but an operation which strictly observes environmental sustainability in its production practices. Cobram Estate’s road to the 2016 President’s Medal followed three wins in the 2016 Sydney Royal Olive Oil awards. Cobram Estate won for Best Olive Oil, Champion Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil and ultimately “Best In Show” Olive Oil or Olive Product. The President’s Medal recognises the recipient as the nation’s “best of the best” across the food and wine sectors judged through the Sydney Royal competitions. The vision of horticulturalists Rob McGavin and Paul Riordan, Cobram Estate produces and markets supreme quality olive oils for Australian and international consumption. Accepting the award, co-founder of Cobram Estate Rob McGavin expressed his gratitude; “We are really humbled and honoured to win this prestigious award,” he said. “What we are especially proud of is that the quality of what we are able to produce at Cobram Estate is readily available to everyone in Australia at an affordable price,” Mr McGavin said. Coming up today at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… In 1932, livestock in the Grand Parade formed the shape of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to celebrate its opening. This year, the livestock may not position themselves into a particular shape, but they will certainly find a place in your heart… or your national pride. The final Grand Parade for the 2017 Show is on today at Spotless Stadium at 4.15pm. Dog competitions featured early in the history of the Show. The 1869 catalogue listed classes for Bloodhounds, Newfoundlands, Retrievers, Pointers, Setters, Spaniels, Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Skye Terriers, English Terriers, Bulldogs, Sheepdogs and even Kangaroos. The 14 April 2017 catalogue lists the following for judging: Tibetan Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Australian Silky terrier, Norfolk Terrier, St Bernard, Pug and more. Attracting over 4,000 entries across Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Junior Handler, and Sweepstake classes, the Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show is officially the largest canine competition in Australia with an impeccable global reputation. The Show is a great place to talk to breeders about and work out if a particular breed is right for you. Pity they bounced kangaroos out of the competition!
Previously at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… Under the watchful gaze of Delta, Seal, Kelly Rowland and Boy George the ladies lined up for the Final of the 300mm Ladies Single Handed Sawing Championship in the Channel 9 Woodchop Stadium… it was taken out by the competitor from the USA.. so then the boys lined up for the First Division 350mm Underhand Handicap and it was taken out by the competitor from Canada. When the chips are down we obviously need more home-grown spectators cheering our axemen and women to victory! Coming up today at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… George the Farmer is the Australian farming world’s song and dance man, and he was created especially for children. He is larger than life, full of fun and appearing at the Show with terrific messages about agriculture and life on a farm. Catch him in the Woolworths Fresh Food Farm today. The Land Sydney Royal Showgirls will be honoured with a parade at Spotless Stadium at 5.50pm. So far they’ve cuddled pigs, fed sheep, met a whole lot of people and memorised a whole lot of names, posed for more photos than they will ever remember and their smiles, charm and friendliness have been endless. These young ladies are absolutely passionate about agriculture and deserve a big crowd giving them a wave!
Previously at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… A red-tailed black cockatoo flew across the Amphitheatre and landed on the arm of a nervous looking young girl before a yellow-crested cockatoo swooped in and pinched $70 and a credit card from a stranger’s wallet… but no need to call the police, it was all part of the fantastic Feathered Friends Free Flight Bird Show. Feathered Friends is licensed by the Department of Primary Industries to educate and train wildlife, and presented at the Show to educate and entertain Showgoers. You can catch a performance every day of the Show, 1pm in The Amphitheatre and a word of advice – keep your wallet safely hidden in your pocket! The voices of 195 new Australians filled The Amphitheatre, “From this time forward, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.” It was an emotional moment for the new citizens and the friends that had gathered to help wipe away the tears of joy and pride. Holding an Australian Citizenship Ceremony at the Show makes complete sense, in 1882 the Royal Agricultural Society was founded by immigrants to this country, some of the first settlers to Australia who were struggling to adapt to their new environment and the problems they were facing with crops and farming. They needed to band together and to help each other. One of the aims of the Society was to exchange ideas and practices. In their second year, they put on a Show, which became an annual event and was a gathering to encourage and promote the rural industry. The Show also gave farmers the opportunity to come together and gain first-hand knowledge of farming trends and advances. In the past decade, many new immigrants have worked in the agricultural sector, helping to redress labour shortages and most importantly – adding new skills and innovative insights. Immigrants, moving out to rural areas, have re-energised many regional and rural towns. The agricultural industry warmly welcomes immigrants and the insights they can bring to farming. Acceptance and generosity are trademarks of our farming and regional communities. It was a privilege to watch 195 new citizens officially call Australia home. Why 195? It’s the number of years that the RAS has existed. Coming up today at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… It’s Senior’s Day! Not only do Seniors ride FREE with a paying child on selected rides in the Kids’ Carnival and Coca-Cola Carnival, The Amphitheatre lawn is the place to go if you’re a Senior’s Card holder. Enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee, have a chat with the helpful staff from 5 Ombudsman schemes, seniors’ services including Legal Aid and the friendly faces from BaptistCare and National Seniors Australia. There’s also giveaways, free entertainment and some amazing prizes to be won!
Previously at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… Murray Wilkinson used nothing but whistles to put cattle through an obstacle course on Spotless Stadium. No, the cattle weren’t responding to the whistling, Murray’s working dogs were doing all the work. A small herd of 7 or 8 is easy for these dogs at the Show – they are used to moving 13000 head of cattle on the Packer family owned Ellerston Pastoral Company located east of Scone, NSW. Taking time off work the dogs, and Murray, have moved to the Show for two weeks to let city folk see exactly what a working dog is supposed to do. Each dog responds to a personalised whistled command… yes, Zac will sit patiently whilst Merle moves the cattle, but once Zac hears his whistle up he jumps and takes over or assists Chime and Boo with their moves! If you’re having trouble getting your dog to sit or stand still, perhaps you should have a talk to Murray or at least teach yourself how to whistle. Catch Murray Wilkinson and His Working Dogs in Spotless Stadium any day at the Show. Coming up today at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… Cartoon characters are taking over The Amphitheatre… Off the back of DreamWorks' movie release, the stars of Trolls - Poppy and Branch - will bring music, rainbows and friendship to audiences in a live-action show. Poppy has a song in her heart; she knows life is all about cupcakes and rainbows. Meanwhile, Branch is very cautious and careful but is always ready for anything – except perhaps for Poppy’s personality! Poppy and Branch might have their ups and downs, but they always make friends and understand each other in the end. You’ll find them singing and dancing in the Amphitheatre today. What happens when Tweety Bird and Daffy Duck run away and join the circus? Families with young children will find out in the Looney Tunes Circus Spectacular. It’s filled with amazing aerial acts including trapeze, silks, comedy routines, clowns, hula hoops, contortion and more.The 30-minute performance, to be held in The Amphitheatre, is all about strength, balance and beauty as stars of the Looney Tunes world defy gravity.
Previously at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… The final Grand Parade was a showstopper – Spotless Stadium was packed to the rafters as Showgoers in the thousands stopped to silently applaud the cattle, horses, sheep, woodchoppers, officials and more… and to thank them for their hospitality during the Show. Where else in the world can you talk to a horse, pat a lamb, watch a cow get milked, smile at a cowboy, chat to a farmer and remind yourself of the sheer beauty of this land and its glorious produce? The smiling faces in the crowd are all the applause the Grand Parade needs - the silence is appreciated by the animals and their handlers because they are used to quiet times on the farm! Coming up today at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… Alpacas were first introduced into Australia in 1989 and by 2001 there were 40,000 of them in Australia! Today at the Show you can Walk an Alpaca – just make your way to the Cattle & Alpaca Pavilion. Alpacas can weigh up to 70kg and stand at about 1 metre (to the shoulder) so young children may need a hand with the reins. Alpacas like to cluck and hum when they are happy… and they are extremely photogenic! Sheep shearing is quite possible the most iconic activity in rural Australia (although the drovers may have something to say about that!) In 1969, Australia recorded its biggest ever wool clip of over 923,000,000 kg. Today there’s sheep shearing in The Daily Telegraph Paddock – you’ll laugh at tales of life on the land and the goings-on in the shearing sheds. Each session some lucky audience members are invited to help take the clippers to a woolly sheep, as the experts explain the tricks of the trade. Why not be a part of 2017’s wool clip!
The secret to a great beef-burger is not one, but two cuts of delicious Australian farm-fresh beef. A hit of spice, a dab of mustard, hand-cut chips – it’s perfect for entertaining. Ingredients: 400g chuck beef, diced 400g beef rump steak, diced 2 tsp fine salt 2 tsp Herb de Provence Cooking oil spray 4 slice Provolone cheese 4 crusty rolls, split 2 Tbsp aioli 1 Tbsp mustard seed oil 1 cup radicchio leaves, torn 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced ½ white onion, sliced into rings Thick-cut chips, to serve Instructions: 1. Combine the beef, salt and Herb de Provence in a bowl, toss well, and refrigerate for 4 hours. Pass through the wide blade of a mincer, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Pass again through the wide blade of a mincer, keeping the strands of the meat parallel. Wrap tightly in cling film to form a log, then refrigerate for 1 hour. Slice into four patties. 2. Sprinkle with cooking oil spray, then cook on a hot barbeque for 4 minutes each side, until just firm. Top with cheese while still hot. Brush the rolls with aioli and mustard, then build radicchio and tomato on top. Place a pattie on the salad, finish with onion, then serve with thick-cut chips. WORDS: Ed Halmagyi This recipe was first published in roughcut magazine issue 3 June 2016
Previously at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… Maisie Morrow was announced as The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl for 2017. Maisie is a representative from Zone 5 – Oberon. She is an Agronomist and Livestock Nutritionist for Landmark, with a degree in Rural Science and is involved in the Cassilus Rural Fire Brigade, Meriwa Show Society, Meriwa Country Women’s Association, and the Scone Grasslands Society. With ambitions to get involved with farming lobby groups, Maisie will be a tremendous ambassador for agriculture and the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The sound of thunder was roaring over Spotless Stadium and the night sky was alight with flashes of silver, gold and glittering sparkles. The rain was not a problem at all – the thunder came from the V8 Utes and the revving of motor-cross bike engines, and the sky was awash with the colours and crackles of the fireworks show. There’s a Cracker of a Cracker Show every night, the perfect way to throw confetti over the end of another fabulous day with the country folks in the city! Coming up today at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… Snakes Alive is not just a showbag, it’s a show at the Show in the Pet Pavilion, perhaps not a Pavilion mum will want to walk into today because the Sydney Royal Rat and Mouse Show is on in there too – with around 300 entries! First introduced to the Show as a non-competitive exhibit in 2003, the Rat & Mouse Show was officially included in the Sydney Royal competitions the following year. Oh, and the Snakes Alive showbag includes killer pythons and sea stretchies Maybe a steadying drink in the Sydney Royal Beer & Wine Bar is a good idea to help settle the nerves, open from 11am until late in The Stables. And if you are staying until late, there’s an evening harness parade tonight in Spotless Stadium, followed by the Senior Six Bar Showjumping and the Royal Rodeo Series. Find some food-on-a-stick, there’s a lot to choose from including lasagne, cheese, and chips, and settle in for dinner and a show. And don’t worry, if you’re down to your last dollar or two after a full day in the pavilions and carnivals, the Snack Shack has great meals all under $5.
Invite your friends over, pop on some green and gold and cheer on our athletes! Stave off those late nights and early mornings by fuelling up with these gold medal delights from the Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy and Fine Food Shows. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! BEER Champion Matilda Bay Redback Original www.cascadebreweryco.com.au Bottled Beer CUB Cascade Brewery Co Pty Ltd, Hobart, TAS BISCUIT Gold Lavoshthins Caramelised Onion www.kurrajongkitchen.com.au Kurrajong Kitchen, Richmond, NSW CHEESE Gold Heritage Vintage www.begacheese.com.au Bega Cheese, Bega, NSW COFFEE Champion Australian Single Origin www.artofespresso.com.au Art of Espresso Coffee Company, Young, NSW DELI MEAT Gold Spanish Chorizo www.german-butchery.com.au German Butchery, Mona Vale, NSW DELI MEAT Gold Smoked Chicken Breast www.kaczanowski.com.au Kaczanowski & Co, South Strathfield, NSW DIP Gold Pesto Swirl www.paradisebeach.ws Paradise Beach Purveyors P/L, Avalon Beach, NSW SWEETS Gold Salted Vanilla Caramels www.sweetness.com.au Sweetness the Patisserie Pty Ltd, Epping, NSW WINE Gold 2015 Yarra Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir www.debortoli.com.au De Bortoli Wines, Bilbul, NSW WINE Gold 2015 Yellow Label Pinot Noir www.wolfblass.com Wolf Blass Wines Pty Ltd, Nurioopta, SA
Previously at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… The Dairy Farmers Milking Barn was doing enough work to make sure milkshakes didn’t run out whilst crowds gathered in the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome to see the prizes awarded for the District Exhibits. Central District took out the prize for Display and the Sydney Markets Popular Choice, and the worthy winners of 1 st Prize in Competition were the resilient farmers from South East Queensland! The Schools District Exhibit was won by the proud students of Hurlstone Agricultural High School, giving us great hope for the future of agriculture. Arcy spray-painted a pig and a clown on his giant mural, and former Shark Mick Ennis came to see a painting of his Sharkies in the Arts & Crafts Pavilion. Coming up today at the Sydney Royal Easter Show… There will be purrin’ a plenty in the Pet Pavilion with more than a handful of cats & kittens in the Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Cat & Kitten Carnival. Flowers and Gardens are being judged and displayed and much-discussed all day, whilst Looney Tunes Circus Spectacular will make the little ones laugh in the Amphitheatre. Most importantly of all, the State’s Best In Show will make their way around Spotless Stadium in a spectacular procession of Royal Competition winners including animals, producers, champion woodchoppers and future community leaders. The Grand Parade is not to be missed – it follows the Official Opening in Spotless Stadium from 4.30pm to 6.10pm.