RASE announce chairman step down

The Royal Agricultural Society (RASE) has announced the appointment of Norfolk farmer Henry Cator as new society chairman after the stepping down of Hugh Oliver-Bellasis.

Oliver-Bellasis was chairman for two years and is replaced by Cator who is president of the of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and chairman of the British White Cattle Society.

Cator said: “It is a great honour and a considerable responsibility to take over as Chairman of the RASE Trustees in this new era. The Society has come through some difficult times. We now have a programme of new events in place, following the end of the Royal Show, to make the RASE a very successful and relevant institution, dedicated to the further development of UK agriculture, the rural
economy and the countryside environment in which it operates.

“It is our aim to engage fully with our members, taking the Society into the regions as well as establishing a strong portfolio of events at Stoneleigh. RASE has a proud tradition of living up to its Practice with Science motto. Never has there been a greater need for that approach as UK farming prepares to tackle key issues such as climate change, population growth and food security.”

This year saw the closure of the Royal show after 170 years while the new AgriLIVE Smithfield event occurs this December.

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