Countdown on to big angus forum
The focus is now on the final touches as organisers count down to the biggest worldwide angus event in four years.
The PGG Wrightson World Angus Forum is just a few weeks away from kicking off in Rotorua, and is set to be the highlight of New Zealand’s rural calendar this year.
The team of organisers is delighted with how it is shaping up, said Tim Brittain, chairman of the organising committee.
‘‘We are all really excited and looking forward to transforming years of planning into reality.’’
The carefully constructed business programme was sure to send delegates away ‘‘information rich’’ and enthused about the breed and its future, he said.
Internationally renowned speakers will cover a diverse range of topics, from genomics and genetics to free trade, marketing, and health and nutrition.
The programme will also feature speakers who will inspire and motivate through their unique life stories.
‘‘We are excited by the depth of knowledge and experience these speakers are bringing to the forum,’’ Mr Brittain said.
‘‘The forum is an international event which only occurs once every four years, so this is a unique opportunity to host it on our doorstep. Delegates will have the chance to hear some of the world’s foremost experts in the field, as well as being able to mix and mingle with like-minded angus farmers and breeders from around the world.’’
In addition, the forum exhibition at the Energy Events Centre will feature key farming and beef supply companies as well as some of New Zealand’s foremost angus stud properties.
Running alongside the forum is a youth programme featuring 10 teams from around the world competing in categories such as heifer preparation, general knowledge and agri-challenges. This promises to be a hard-fought and exciting competition, and delegates will have plenty of opportunities to see the youth teams in action.
‘‘As if that isn’t enough, this year also marks the 150th anniversary of Aberdeen angus cattle arriving in New Zealand,’’ Mr Brittain said.
‘‘What better way to mark the occasion than with an international forum taking place here in our backyard?’’
The anniversary will be marked with a dinner in Rotorua on the evening of Tuesday, October 15, featuring entertainment as well as cuisine by New Zealand chef Greg Heffernan.
‘‘The combined 150-year anniversary and the PGG Wrightson World Angus Forum provide an opportunity for us to reflect on the journey that has seen angus earn its position as the leading breed in New Zealand while we challenge ourselves and aspire towards a future that will see us remain there,’’ Mr Brittain said.