Going Down Under

Royal Agricultural Society of the CommonwealthI can’t tell you how excited I am to announce that I’ve been sponsored by the Royal Smithfield Club to attend the RASC congress in Brisbane, Australia this coming October.

Thanks to meeting Andrew Gilmour, the Royal Smithfield Club President, at the Oxford Farming conference in January, Andrew encouraged me to apply for a scholarship to attend the conference as a next generation delegate.

Last month I heard the fantastic news that I had been selected and now that everything is booked I feel I can now shout from the rooftops about the support I am receiving! Before meeting Andrew, I have to admit that I’d not heard of the RASC before (Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth) although I’d obviously heard of the RASE (Royal Agricultural Society for England). Founded in 1957, the purpose of the RASC is to encourage and arrange an interchange of knowledge and experience in agriculture throughout the Commonwealth, working with and through the leading National Agricultural Show societies.

The conference is being hosted by the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland and I’m looking forward to reporting on my travel down under. Before the conference commences I’m taking part in the pre programme tour travelling north, west and south of Brisbane through Beaudesert, Gatton, Toowoomba, Dalby, Jandowae, Kingaroy and Noosa. During the tour we will visit a number of places including the Mulgowie farming company, a robotic dairy at Nindooinbah station, Queensland’s leading winery ‘Cloverly Estate’, Warwick show and rodeo society as well as sampling Australia’s local cuisine and culture.

The conference programme is right up my street with session and topics on the roles of agricultural societies in education and agricultural awareness, food security, rural health issues and social media to name but a few! So watch this space as I report on the lead up to my trip and I’d be delighted to produce some editorial pieces for farming and regional publications on my return.

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