FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition

Patrick Crawshaw makes regional final of Young Farmer contest.

Patrick Crawshaw makes regional final of Young Farmer contest.

NUHAKA’s Patrick Crawshaw has made the regional final of the East Coast section of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition for the second year in a row.

The son of Kenhardt Stud owners Grant and Sue Crawshaw finished third in the regional event last year.

His parents are rapt their son has made the regional final again.

“Patrick competed with a shoulder injury last year and this time around he’s in better shape,” his mother Sue said.

“He’s looking forward to it.”

Patrick works at Foley Farming Enterprises in central Hawke’s Bay. He started there in July last year.

Patrick’s workmate Hugh Abbiss has also made the regional final for the second time. It will be the first of seven regional finals being held from Kerikeri to Winton to decide contestants for the grand final of the prestigious competition in Invercargill in July.

It will also be independent soil consultant Robbie Hill’s second attempt at winning a regional final.

The 26-year-old who enjoys a challenge, rears 600 bull calves on his own and also works part-time on his family’s 650 hectare property west of Hastings.

Rob Barry was a ski instructor in Canada and Europe before returning home to work for the BEL Group, where he’s a second in charge milking 1220 cows once-a-day at Ashley Clinton.

Rob’s late father Peter Barry won the grand final in 1993.

“That’s always in the back of my mind. I want to do well by him (Peter),” said the 24-year-old.

They go up against 2017 Tararua Shepherd of the Year Hamish Duff, who’s overcome major physical challenges to get back on the land.

“The right side of my face had to be reconstructed using metal plates after I had a car crash in 2012,” said the former Smedley Station cadet.

Brandon Giddens, who spent time driving tractors for an export hay business in Canada in 2013-14, has aimed high.

“I’m 6 feet, 7 inches (2m) tall, so I can reach things in high places,” the 26-year-old said. He manages an intensive sheep and beef operation running 3300 hoggets at Carterton.

Bull breeder Ben Thomas is cramming a lot into 2018.

“My wife Steph is expecting our first child a few weeks before the regional final, so I’ll be knackered,” said the 27-year-old who grew up on an apple orchard. Ben has also been awarded a NZ Angus Association scholarship to spend a month working on cattle studs in Australia. He will go up against fellow Angus cattle breeder Richard Falloon, 28, from Masterton.

“Prior to returning home in 2016, I worked as a stock manager at Lake Heron Station in Mid-Canterbury, which is a sprawling 30,000 hectare property carrying 14,000 stock units.”

  • The regional final will be held at the Masterton A&P Showgrounds on February 17.

NUHAKA’s Patrick Crawshaw has made the regional final of the East Coast section of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition for the second year in a row.

The son of Kenhardt Stud owners Grant and Sue Crawshaw finished third in the regional event last year.

His parents are rapt their son has made the regional final again.

“Patrick competed with a shoulder injury last year and this time around he’s in better shape,” his mother Sue said.

“He’s looking forward to it.”

Patrick works at Foley Farming Enterprises in central Hawke’s Bay. He started there in July last year.

Patrick’s workmate Hugh Abbiss has also made the regional final for the second time. It will be the first of seven regional finals being held from Kerikeri to Winton to decide contestants for the grand final of the prestigious competition in Invercargill in July.

It will also be independent soil consultant Robbie Hill’s second attempt at winning a regional final.

The 26-year-old who enjoys a challenge, rears 600 bull calves on his own and also works part-time on his family’s 650 hectare property west of Hastings.

Rob Barry was a ski instructor in Canada and Europe before returning home to work for the BEL Group, where he’s a second in charge milking 1220 cows once-a-day at Ashley Clinton.

Rob’s late father Peter Barry won the grand final in 1993.

“That’s always in the back of my mind. I want to do well by him (Peter),” said the 24-year-old.

They go up against 2017 Tararua Shepherd of the Year Hamish Duff, who’s overcome major physical challenges to get back on the land.

“The right side of my face had to be reconstructed using metal plates after I had a car crash in 2012,” said the former Smedley Station cadet.

Brandon Giddens, who spent time driving tractors for an export hay business in Canada in 2013-14, has aimed high.

“I’m 6 feet, 7 inches (2m) tall, so I can reach things in high places,” the 26-year-old said. He manages an intensive sheep and beef operation running 3300 hoggets at Carterton.

Bull breeder Ben Thomas is cramming a lot into 2018.

“My wife Steph is expecting our first child a few weeks before the regional final, so I’ll be knackered,” said the 27-year-old who grew up on an apple orchard. Ben has also been awarded a NZ Angus Association scholarship to spend a month working on cattle studs in Australia. He will go up against fellow Angus cattle breeder Richard Falloon, 28, from Masterton.

“Prior to returning home in 2016, I worked as a stock manager at Lake Heron Station in Mid-Canterbury, which is a sprawling 30,000 hectare property carrying 14,000 stock units.”

  • The regional final will be held at the Masterton A&P Showgrounds on February 17.
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