Agricultural society holds 164th AGM

2019-06-12 06:00
Joey Evans(front row, first from right) with the prize winners and judges. photo: SUPPLIED

Joey Evans(front row, first from right) with the prize winners and judges. photo: SUPPLIED

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THE 164th annual general meeting of the Umvoti Agricultural Society (UAS) was held at the Greytown Country Club recently.

In his report, club president Lloyd Robertson spoke on what was currently going on in the area and the challenges facing farmers as well as the effect road closures had on the region. He also informed the members present about the emerging farmers training that had been organised for the up-and-coming farmers in the area.

He went through the various portfolios that are covered by the UAS at the monthly committee meeting, to assist the farmers in the community and to keep everyone involved with what is happening in the farming sector. Commodity reports were given, by various members of the community, of prices and challenges over the past year in their respective field of farming.

The farm competition was held again this year, the judges were Kevin Cockburn, Cliff Walton, Jannie Martens and Jack Mason. THE PRIZE WINNERS AND THEIR CATEGORIES­ WERE AS FOLLOWS:

Agriculture Trophy (Row crops) — Gordon Le Roux (Golden Grow)

Forestry Trophy (Timber) — Matthew Crowe (Fairfield)

Livestock Trophy — Gordon Le Roux (Golden Grow)

Smallholding Trophy — Neale Harman (Kingston)

Most Improved Operation in Umvoti Trophy — Mark van der Merwe (Uitzoek)

Best Farm Manager Trophy — Jason Gorzellok (Pidelta)

Best Conserved farm in Umvoti Trophy — Ian Redfern (Pidelta)

Pecan Trophy — Berno Driemeyer (Mon Desire)

Dairy Trophy — Rob Tarr (Tweedsmuir)

The prize-giving took place at the AGM dinner, and photographs of the various farms in the area were shown off in a slideshow during the evening.

The guest speaker for the event, Joey Evans, is a sportsman, adventurer and inspirational speaker. In 2007, he had a devastating off-road bike accident that left him paralysed from the chest down. His doctors agreed he would never walk again. Ten years later, he lined up as a competitor at the Dakar Rally.

“It’s also the mindset that not only got him out of a wheelchair but helped him to become the tenth South African to finish the Dakar Rally.”

His journey kept the audience captivated, as did his personal strength of mind and his determination to realise his goal.

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

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