Agricultural society elects new head

2012-11-09 00:00

A LONG-STANDING member of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) and chairperson of the sheep section, Mike Moncur, is the new president of the society.

He succeeds the society’s first woman president, Dr Iona Stewart, who enjoyed a successful three years at the helm of the Pietermaritzburg-based organisation.

Moncur, who lives in Underberg, said of his new post: “I am looking forward to it very, very much.

“It will be a pleasure to work with Terry [Strachan, chief executive officer of the RAS] on a day-to-day basis.

“I think it’s the first time that someone from the sheep section has been elected president, so it’s quite a feather in the cap for the sheep section.”

Moncur said of his predecessor, who will continue to serve on the RAS executive committee, that it had been a pleasure to be her vice-president and that he would be turning to her, and other past presidents, if he felt in need of advice.

During the annual general meeting, held at the Royal Showgrounds on Wednesday, Kay Makan and Tim Nixon were elected the new vice presidents.

Jonathan Tyler, vice chairperson of the sheep and goat section, becomes chairperson of the section.

Ewald Kohne, a Hereford breeder from the Hermannsburg area, has been appointed cattle chairperson. He replaces Grant Kobus, who is emigrating to New Zealand.

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