162 Years of farming history

2017-05-24 06:03
There were many years of farming experience shared by previous presidents and of the Umvoti Agricultural Society (back, from left) Greg Hull, Andrew Mason, Ian Hill, Jack Mason, and (front, from left) Martin Hill, Jannie Martens, Graeme Jarvie and Dean Brown (current president).

There were many years of farming experience shared by previous presidents and of the Umvoti Agricultural Society (back, from left) Greg Hull, Andrew Mason, Ian Hill, Jack Mason, and (front, from left) Martin Hill, Jannie Martens, Graeme Jarvie and Dean Brown (current president).

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EXACTLY 162 years ago the Umvoti Agricultural Society (UAS) held its first annual general meeting in 1855.
Last Friday, 19 May there was a good turnout of members at the 162nd AGM of the UAS at the Greytown Country Club. 

UAS president, Dean Brown said in his report that farming remained a challenge in South Africa and how important it is for all to continue to support each other.
“We live in one of the best communities in the country, with people always willing to help.”
He highlighted the various portfolios covered at the UAS monthly committee meetings which assisted farmers in the community to be aware of and involved in what was happening in the farming sector.

Commodity reports were given about prices and challenges over the past year in their respective field of farming by various members.

The farm competition was held again this year - judges were Kevin Cockburn, Jack Mason, Jannie Martens and Cliff Walton. 

Prize winners:

Agriculture Trophy – Gordon le Roux from Golden Grow

Forestry Trophy – Andrew Mason from Holmelacy

Livestock Trophy – Jeremy Hillhouse from Pidelta Beef

Smallholding Trophy – Juanita Mason from Brayleigh Proteas
Most Improved Operation in Umvoti Trophy – Andrew Mason from Holmelacy
Best Farm Manager Trophy – Gordon le Roux from Golden Grow

Best Conserved Farm in Umvoti Trophy – Jason Gorzellok from Pidelta, Oakland
Pecan Trophy – Martin Platt from Thornton

Prize-giving took place at the AGM dinner and Mr K. Cockburn explained how judging had taken place. The trophies were handed out by guest speaker Dick Muir (former Springbok rugby player and coach), who was introduced by a very entertaining Bobby Pearson, a friend of his from school days. Muir recounted stories of his rugby playing and coaching days and his current involvement in vegetable farming.

It was an enjoyable evening with a good attendance from UAS members. Thanks to the Greytown Country Club for providing the venue and Taylor’s for the catering.

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