Tuesday, 23 April 2024 14:55

Young farmers shine at regional finals

Written by  Staff Reporters
Archie Woodhouse competing at the East Coast Regional Final. Archie Woodhouse competing at the East Coast Regional Final.

Grand Finalists have been selected, all regional finals have concluded, and the journey towards the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final is underway.

Seven FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Finalists, 14 FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year teams, and 21 AgriKidsNZ teams will be heading to Hamilton to battle it out for the top awards, this July.

It’s been an exciting start to the year as some of New Zealand’s most talented young farmers were showcased.

The events brought together passionate and skilled young farmers from across the country with each contestant demonstrating their understanding of the food and fibre sector and their commitment to the future of the industry.

The competition was fierce, with each young farmer putting their best foot forward in the hopes of securing a place in the Grand Final.

Volunteer teams tested contestants’ knowledge and skills across a range of disciplines, including animal husbandry, crop management, innovation, and sustainability.

Participants also had to compete in a range of practical challenges, including anything from fencing to butchery, and crutching to machinery management.

Lynda Coppersmith, chief executive of New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF), says the competition plays an important role in inspiring and supporting the next generation of farmers.

"The FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition is an essential part of the agricultural industry, and we are proud to provide a platform for young farmers to showcase their skills and knowledge,” Coppersmith says.

"It is great to see the level of talent on display at the Regional Finals, and we are looking forward to the Grand Final to see who will take out the titles for Season 56.”

Held across three days in Hamilton from the 11th to the 13th of July 2024, the Grand Final will be action-packed with hundreds of people expected to be in attendance.

The Grand Final also coincides with the NZYF Annual General Meeting and the NZYF Tournament Series national finals.

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