Count­down on to big an­gus fo­rum

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

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.

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