Give the young farmer contest a go

GIVE IT A GO: Young farmers around the country have been encouraged to line up for the annual FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition, and join David Highsted(pictured) to give it a go! Entries have opened. Picture supplied

NEW Zealand Young Farmers competitions co-ordinator David Highsted has decided to ‘have a go’ in the first stage of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest and has called on other young farmers around New Zealand to join him.

The former Gore lad and Otago University Bachelor of Physical Education and Commerce graduate will compete in the West Coast district contest and Skills Day on December 10.

“I am looking forward to giving the contest a go, “ David said.

“It is great to learn new skills — and also to be exposed to the myriad of opportunities agriculture offers.”

Although not from an agricultural background, David has worked casually in a number of agri-industry related jobs including crutching and tailing of sheep and milking cows when he was a student.

Since working at NZ Young Farmers David said he has seen first-hand how important the sector was to New Zealand’s economy.

“The FMG Young Farmer of the Year showcases the importance of the sector and contributes to educating the general public as to how their food is produced among the people that are passionate about growing it.

“It is a vital tool in our ongoing efforts to attract people to the sector.

“It is also about learning in a fun environment and setting yourself a challenge. It calls on many skills, not just practical hands on farming. I cannot wait to get amongst it”

Beginning on September 30 in North Canterbury, district contest and skills days will take place all over New Zealand, before regional finals begin in February and the 50th Anniversary Grand Final takes place in July.

Building on last year’s record number of entrants and female competitors, contest organisers believe the enticement of being the 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year will be a drawcard for an even wider field this year.

Contest Chairperson and former Grand Finalist, Dean Rabbidge, said the FMG Young Farmer of the Year was in good heart and remained an iconic event in New Zealand agriculture.

“For 49 years we have seen New Zealand’s top agricultural leaders fight it out for the much sought after title.

“It is an honour that can never be revoked and with only 49 names on the winners’ board, you can be sure that the competition will be as hot as ever, to be named, the 50th champion.”

Entries are open online now at:

http://www.fmgyoungfarmercontest.co.nz/fmg-young-farmer-of-the-year-contest/

For more information please phone Nadine Porter, National Communications Manager for NZ Young Farmers on 021 214 0703 or nadine.porter@youngfarmers.co.nz

NEW Zealand Young Farmers competitions co-ordinator David Highsted has decided to ‘have a go’ in the first stage of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest and has called on other young farmers around New Zealand to join him.

The former Gore lad and Otago University Bachelor of Physical Education and Commerce graduate will compete in the West Coast district contest and Skills Day on December 10.

“I am looking forward to giving the contest a go, “ David said.

“It is great to learn new skills — and also to be exposed to the myriad of opportunities agriculture offers.”

Although not from an agricultural background, David has worked casually in a number of agri-industry related jobs including crutching and tailing of sheep and milking cows when he was a student.

Since working at NZ Young Farmers David said he has seen first-hand how important the sector was to New Zealand’s economy.

“The FMG Young Farmer of the Year showcases the importance of the sector and contributes to educating the general public as to how their food is produced among the people that are passionate about growing it.

“It is a vital tool in our ongoing efforts to attract people to the sector.

“It is also about learning in a fun environment and setting yourself a challenge. It calls on many skills, not just practical hands on farming. I cannot wait to get amongst it”

Beginning on September 30 in North Canterbury, district contest and skills days will take place all over New Zealand, before regional finals begin in February and the 50th Anniversary Grand Final takes place in July.

Building on last year’s record number of entrants and female competitors, contest organisers believe the enticement of being the 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year will be a drawcard for an even wider field this year.

Contest Chairperson and former Grand Finalist, Dean Rabbidge, said the FMG Young Farmer of the Year was in good heart and remained an iconic event in New Zealand agriculture.

“For 49 years we have seen New Zealand’s top agricultural leaders fight it out for the much sought after title.

“It is an honour that can never be revoked and with only 49 names on the winners’ board, you can be sure that the competition will be as hot as ever, to be named, the 50th champion.”

Entries are open online now at:

http://www.fmgyoungfarmercontest.co.nz/fmg-young-farmer-of-the-year-contest/

For more information please phone Nadine Porter, National Communications Manager for NZ Young Farmers on 021 214 0703 or nadine.porter@youngfarmers.co.nz

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