Weekly news round-up: 12th May

Weekly news round-up: 12th May

12.05.2017

We’ve had another busy week at the Society, accompanied by some nice weather which has been a bonus. Here is your news round-up for this week:

Balmoral Show:

Our President Alex Sanger travelled to Belfast for the Balmoral Show to judge a magnificent show of Aberdeen-Angus cattle on Wednesday. The sun shone all day and a great day was had by all attendees, young and old. Alex was very impressed with all cattle on show, stating that there wasn’t much between the top animals in all the classes. On the day, his supreme overall championship went to Carlhurlie Epic owned by James Porter of Old Glenort Herd at Gillhall Estate. You can read the full report from the Balmoral Show and see some photographs at: http://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/report-a-magnificent-day-at-balmoral/

Staff update:

As part of our due diligence, we’ve been working closely with the staff and holding human resources meetings with a view to further developing the employee handbook and creating a code of conduct for the Society. All meeting have been of great benefit to all concerned, and are with a view to further securing our status as a responsible employer who cares for and works closely with its staff.

Youth Development:

The youth competition for the World Angus Forum is fast approaching, and we’re really looking forward to seeing our team from the UK and Ireland pit their wits against their counterparts from different parts of the world. This week, we heard from Ruth Perry who is part of that team. Ruth has previously won the senior section in the Aberdeen-Angus Youth Development Programme Finals in 2016, and is looking forward to representing the host country in the upcoming competition. You can read more about Ruth here: http://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/world-angus-forum-2017-youth-competition-team-member-profile-ruth-perry/

We’re looking forward to bringing you some more profiles on the other team members in the coming weeks leading up to the competition.

Cookery competition:

We’ve heard about some magnificent opportunities that are up for grabs for aspiring young chefs in our upcoming cookery competition that we’re running in conjunction with Scotbeef, QMS and Braehead Foods. Participants will have to be creative in producing a dish using a choice of Aberdeen-Angus beef cuts. The first prize winner will then secure a place to spend two weeks with Tristin Farmer at the Marina Social restaurant in Dubai, and runners-up spending a week at Jak O’Donnell’s The Sisters restaurants in Glasgow. We’re delighted to be in the position to be able to offer these ambitious young people a platform to gain some invaluable experience using arguably the best quality beef in the world.

World Angus Forum 2017:

It’s just over a month to go until the World Angus Forum comes to our shores to celebrate the breed in its original home. We’ve been busy working hard behind the scenes, and everything is falling in to place nicely for what is going to be a great 17 days – we can’t wait. Make sure to get your tickets if you haven’t already. You can purchase tickets and view the full itinerary on the World Angus Forum 2017 website at: http://worldangusforum2017.com/

Furthermore, on the Saturday of the Highland Show, the World Angus Forum has two unique visits for attendees to enjoy. Firstly, a bus will be travelling from the Royal Highland Showground to Mosshall Farm in Blackburn, West Lothian to visit Nikki and George Taylor’s Mosshall Herd, one of the few pure herds of red Aberdeen-Angus in the UK. Nikki and George have had great success in producing genetics for the growing market both in the UK and abroad, and this is a great and rare opportunity to see so many red Aberdeen-Angus together. This visit is already set to be very well attended, but it’s not too late to sign up. You can find out more about the Mosshall Herd at: http://www.mosshallredangus.co.uk/Home.aspx.

Following what will be fantastic show at Mosshall, the Forum will be heading back to the SRUC Easter Howgate Campus for a demonstration on feed efficiency, methane capture and precision agriculture – be sure to book up for this great event too.

The Aberdeen-Angus Review – June edition:

We’ve been working on the June edition of the Aberdeen-Angus Review which will pair with the World Angus Forum delegate pack. We’re in the process of finishing off the publication and there is still some advert spaces that can be filled. If anyone is interested in placing an advert in this Review, which is paired with the World Angus Forum delegate pack and will therefore reach a great international audience, please contact Robert or Nicky at Denvir Marketing on robert@denvirmarketing.com / nicky@denvirmarketing.com or call 01786 448160

Next week:

We’ve already got another busy week of news lined up for next week. We’ll be hearing from another member of the youth team for the World Angus Forum, as well as bringing you a herd profile from Andrew and Sarah Shufflebotham at Cheerbrook Angus and a great piece from James Arnott around the World Angus Forum. In addition, we’ll have a round-up from the NBA Beef Event at Stoneleigh Park. We’ll have a Society stand at stand 18 at the event, and we’d encourage everyone to stop by for a coffee, chat and a catch up.

Date for the diary:

The Carlisle Show is taking place on Friday 26th May, and we’re looking forward to another great day at Carlisle.