New president rises to the challenge of leading the Glendale Agricultural Society
Mr Murray farms at Wrangham Red Steads and is a partner at Alnwick Farming Consultants.
One of his first tasks will be overseeing the Glendale Show, which will be held near Wooler on the bank holiday on Monday August 29 – the first to be staged in three years.
He has shown cattle and sheep at the show, either with his father or his own sheep, at most shows since 1992 and has been a committee member for almost 15 years.
He said: “This is a significant commitment, and as I take over, I particularly want to thank Andrew Walton, who served as chairman for many years.
“His wise counsel and support for the Company and those of his predecessors have been integral to his continued development over the past few years.
“As a company, we are so fortunate to have such a great team and committee, and my goal is to work together to ensure the successful continuity of the company. We are very lucky to have a great team in the office, which certainly makes my life easier as president.
“I am aware that currently agricultural societies are facing many challenges and as Chairman I want to ensure that we are continuously making progress and focused on getting things back on track post Covid.
“We must stay true to our roots and promote and continue to educate the public about British produce and the important role of our British farmers and what they produce.
“Glendale is a renowned ranching area, with many different land types, so it attracts a range of breeds, Texels and Suffolks from the lowlands, Cheviots and Blackies from the hills, and the more traditional breeds coming back again. the front.
“With two or three years out of stock some of the momentum has been lost so from a cattle show perspective what I hear from other exhibitors is post Covid it has been difficult to encourage and motivate people to show again.
“Fortunately, our show, which is often seen as a precursor to Kelso Tup sales, is very popular, and from the entries so far I know we will have a good display of sheep and cattle, with several ranchers traveling long distances, especially in the cattle section.
The Glendale Show is the largest rural event held each year in North Northumberland and this year’s event will also once again see a tremendous range of trade stalls and exhibitors.
For many, the highlight of the day is the thousands of entries in the horticultural and industrial section as well as the local food, produce and crafts.
Mr Murray said: “I look forward to welcoming everyone to Glendale on Bank Holiday Monday.
“To me, yes, it’s an agricultural show, but it’s also a full family event, and this year I’m particularly excited about the Aldabra Giant Tortoises, one of our new attractions this year.”