I am delighted to see how vibrant and active the agricultural industries still are at the Adelaide Show. In so many cities where the shows began as an agricultural and horticultural exhibitions, the core events have increasingly been overtaken by sideshow alley. But at Wayville, while there is still the fun of rides and showbags, the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia has done a great job of preserving the heritage and original purpose of the show.
I chatted with our sixth-year veterinary students who provide round the clock vet services to the livestock exhibitors, tending to sick cows and goats, and honing their clinical skills. I saw the enthusiasm of our Roseworthy students involved in the led steer competition, gaining skills in showmanship, ring-craft, animal judging and meat production. And our Pig club, where students show their own pigs, but also help take care of all the pigs at the show, cleaning the stalls of or all producers, and making important connections with others involved in the industry.
The knowledge of our grains experts is on show in the Grains Pavilion, with PhD students talking to young people about healthy soils and helping them plant terrariums, as well as talking to prospective students about studying at our Waite campus.
When I see all the activities of the exhibitors, particularly our energetic and enthusiastic staff and students, I’m reassured that the future of our rural industries is in safe hands.