President’s Day, Niab

President’s Day


Save the Date: 27th June 2019

The Society is privileged to have Mr Jim Godfrey as our President for a second year running and we are delighted to invite Members to the 2019 President’s Day which will be jointly hosted by Niab to coincide with their centenary celebrations.

The day is free to members. Further details to follow.


Member’s Day, The Bug Farm

Member’s Day

The Bug Farm

Save the Date: 2nd July 2019

In a time where sustainable agriculture is paramount, Dr Beynon’s farming practice is informed by their scientific research. Working with a number of Universities, they have created a programme of research that covers all aspects of the food chain: farming edible insects for food and feed; farming native insects for land management purposes; and using the services bugs provide to farm more efficiently.

Join us for a personally guided tour of the Farm by the Founder Dr Sarah Beynon, winner of the RASE 2018 Research Medal. The tour will conclude with a light lunch and an insect tasting experience for those who are keen to take part!

The day is free to members. Further information to follow.

Further information about the Bug Farm can be found at


Bledisloe Awards Day 2019

Save the date: 18th July 2019

Dawnay Estates, Yorkshire

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Award Presentations will be held at the Dawnay Estates, winner of the 2018 RASE Bledisloe Gold Medal.

The Society is very proud of the Awards Programme and it continues to be greatly valued by the Industry.

We look forward to presenting the Champions of the 2019 Awards at the Dawnay Estates and we hope you will join us at this outstanding example of a Bledisloe Estate.

The day is free to members. Details to follow shortly.


Annual General Meeting

The RASE AGM will be held on  Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 1.00pm

It will be held in the Council Chamber, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park.

Please notify us of any AOB  by 6th May 2019.

All members are welcome to attend, however, places are limited.

If you do wish to attend please reserve your place by contacting

Emily Stillwell on 02476 692 470 or

Student Speaker Of The Year Award 2019

The Royal Agricultural Society of England is pleased to invite you to the final of the first National Agricultural Student Speaker of the Year Award 2019
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Grassland & Muck 2020 moves to Ragley Estate

The RASE is delighted to announce that Grassland & Muck, the UK’s number one working machinery event, is moving to a new location in 2020, giving it a fresh new feel for exhibitors and visitors alike.

The triennial event, which in 2017 welcomed over 11,000 visitors and hosted 279 exhibitors across the 190-acre site at Stoneleigh, will be moving to the prestigious Ragley Estate near Alcester, Warwickshire. “The estate is well-located, within easy reach of the M42, M40 and M5, and is renowned for hosting a wide range of events and concerts, including the Game Fair,” explains our Chief Executive, Andrew Lazenby.

“Grassland & Muck has been held at Stoneleigh for over 30 years, and has become an extremely valued event for farmers across the UK,” he adds. “Some 94% of visitors rated their visit in 2017 as good or excellent, with 60% planning to make changes to their business as a result of their visit.”

The HS2 rail development left the event looking for a new site last year, and Lord Hertford – a long-time supporter of RASE – offered the Ragley Estate as an alternative. “It is a perfect fit; as it is only 30 minutes from the old site the Grandstand Stoneleigh Events team can continue to lead the way and develop the event to meet farmers’ needs,” says Mr Lazenby.

The 2020 event – partnered with Yara – will take place on 20-21 May, with the 200-acre site due to be drilled at the end of August 2019 ready for the spring cutting season in 2020. “Farmers will be able to see everything from new grass varieties to the latest grass and muck machinery in real time demonstrations,” says Eva Ross, strategic marketing and PR manager at Yara.

“Grass is a vitally important crop for livestock producers – it is the cheapest feed available, and we are determined to help farmers increase yields and grass quality through making more efficient use of their resources,” she adds. “We are looking forward to working with Ragley Estates and the event team to deliver an excellent grass crop for Grassland 2020.”

And the Champions of 2018 are…

The Society is very proud of the Awards Programme presented each year
and it continues to be greatly valued by the Industry.

We are delighted to announce the champions of the 2018 Awards as follows:

Bledisloe Gold Medal for Landowners – Dawnay Estate, Yorkshire

National Agricultural Award – Caroline Drummond MBE, LEAF

Excellence in Practical Farming – David Speller, Applied Poultry

Research Medal – Dr Sarah Beynon FRES, Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm Ltd

Talbot-Ponsonby Prize for Agricultural Valuation – Tim Sedgewick

Annual General Meeting

The RASE AGM will be held on  Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 2.00pm

It will be held in the Council Chamber, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park.

Please notify us of any AOB  by 23rd April 2018.

All members are welcome to attend, however, places are limited.

If you do wish to attend please reserve your place by contacting

Emily Stillwell on 02476 692 470 or



RASE and Innovation for Agriculture (IFA) have announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Andrew Lazenby. He brings 20 years’ experience in farming, food and retail, including strategic roles spanning four continents: UK, Europe, US, Africa and Australia.

For the last two years as Director of Operations at Farmcare (the farming business owned by the Wellcome Trust), Andrew was strategic lead for operations over the business’ 17,500 hectares on 11 principle farms from Scotland to Kent, Hereford to Norfolk.

In his previous role (2011 – 2015) as Head of Commercial for Leckford Estate – The Waitrose Farm, which encompasses 15 business units across a 1,800 hectare estate in Hampshire – Andrew led an initiative to design and install a rapeseed oil factory. Within two years, this was producing 1 million bottles of oil per annum. During this time Andrew was also Vice Chairman of Hampshire Fare, the UKs largest local and regional food marketing organization.

Commenting on his new position, Andrew said: ‘’I’m very excited to be joining the RASE and IfA in an era which will be recorded as the biggest period of change in UK Farming for 80 years. There are huge opportunities in every aspect of farming practice, from future technologies including robotics and automation to widespread adoption of big data.

“Combined with the soil restorative benefits of mixed farming and likely enforced reductions agrochemical use, this is truly a time of significant opportunities.

“I see Innovation for Agriculture and its partner societies as the best placed educator, commentator and influencer in the sector. The opportunity to help shape the future in UK Agriculture, which is unique in its structure and mix of primary farming and corporate, social, wildlife and scientific elements, really is once in a lifetime.’’


Footnote: Andrew Lazenby Bio :-

Andrew holds a Degree in Agriculture, Marketing and Business from Harper Adams University and a post-graduate diploma in strategic marketing from the University of Hull.

Andrew Joins the RASE / IFA from Farmcare, the farming business owned by the Wellcome Trust where he was Director of Operations responsible for the operation, safety and commercial activity on the 17,500 ha farmed across the UK on 11 estates.

Andrew has had a varied career in the Food and Farming sectors and has latterly worked for Waitrose, the only UK retailer to own its own farming business, as a member of the senior management team running Leckford estate, an 1800 ha multimodal farming business in Hampshire.

Andrew is married and has a baby daughter Emily. The family home is an upland farmhouse in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park.

RASE Research & Technology Awards 2018

Request for Applications/ Nominations

The Society continues to recognise the important work being undertaken in the UK for science and technology and we are delighted to announce the 2018 call for entries is now open for our Research & Technology Medals.

The Research Medal is presented for research work of outstanding merit carried out in the UK, which is proven or likely to be of benefit to agriculture. A medal and £300.00 are awarded.

The Technology Award recognises those who, working in a commercial environment, have applied scientific advance into technology through the development of a product or process. These are likely to lead to cost effective improvements for farmers in any aspect of practical agriculture. A medal and £300.00 are awarded.

Please contact Emily Stillwell for further information: The closing date for entries is  Friday 23rd February 2018.