Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Otago/Southland kicks off ANZ Young Farmer Regionals

Otago/Southland kicks off ANZ Young Farmer Contest Regional Finals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 28-01-15

The first of seven Grand Finalists will be determined next weekend, Saturday 7 February as Otago/Southland starts the 2015 Regional Finals for the ANZ Young Farmer Contest in Queenstown.

“This contest season is shaping up to be very impressive, every year the calibre of contestants continues to impress,” says Terry Copeland, Chief Executive of New Zealand Young Farmers – organisers of the event.

The eight finalists are contending for a spot at the Grand Final in Taupo 2 – 4 July and their share of an impressive prize pack worth over $271,000 in products, services and scholarships from ANZ, FMG, Lincoln University, Silver Fern Farms, AGMARDT, Ravensdown, Honda, Husqvarna and Vodafone.

“The support from sponsors and the community is invaluable, they are not only supporting the Contest but the future of agriculture and together with Young Farmers we are driving the industry forward,” said Mr Copeland.

The Otago/Southland Regional Final will see an outstanding group of contenders (under the age of 31) come together for what will be a full on day of practical, physical and theoretical challenges at the Queenstown Primary School. The popular Agri-sport Challenge is being staged on the site of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games which is being held at the Queenstown Recreation Ground. The free entry Practical Day events will be followed by a ticketed evening quiz-show held at the Queenstown Memorial Hall.

John White, 30, from the Nightcaps Young Farmers Club, says he is not afraid of a hard work and looks forward to the challenge of his second crack at Regional Final level of the Contest. Along with his wife, John owns a contract milking business and manages a dairy farm at Riverton with 450 cows. John also provides farm support systems to various farming businesses in Southland and believes New Zealand Young Farmers is a key organisation for young rural professionals to be involved in.

Steven Henderson, 28, from the Waitane Young Farmers Club is in his third round of Regional Finals. The twenty-eight year old is a very active member of his Young Farmers Club as well as the Winton Fire Service. Alongside his wife, Steve is sharemilking 320 cows in Winton.

Olivia Ross, 26, of the Balfour Young Farmers Club is one of the few women competing at this level. The twenty-six year old works as Senior Technical Consultant for Outgro Fertiliser and has competed at District Final level on and off for the past six years. Olivia is passionate about her community and is involved in a number of activities including the local Fire Brigade, Lions Club and Young Farmers. She is also a keen horse woman and competes on the NZ Rodeo Circuit.

James Davie, 25, from the Thornbury Young Farmers Club is competing at Regional Final level for the first time. Mr Davie admits to having a competitive nature that he hopes paired with a good work ethic will help him to victory. James farms alongside his wife and family at Groper’s Bush on a sheep and beef property which they also use for dairy support.

Hamish Robinson, 22, representing the Wyndham Young Farmers Club is now in his second year out of Lincoln University and competing for a second time at Regional Final level. Hamish was bought up on a sheep and beef farm but since leaving university has moved to work in the dairy industry for his share in some “white gold”.

Logan Wallace, 25, of the Clinton Young Farmers Club is a hot contender for the Otago/Southland winner’s title having come runner up in the 2014 Regional Final. Mr Wallace runs a 290ha sheep farm in Waipahi and is heavily involved in the local youth group in his spare time. He says competing in the Contest helps Young Farmers network further and widen their farming knowledge.

Ben Gardyne, 22, of the Waitane Club is a Farm Consultant across Otago and Southland. It is his first time at Regional Final level and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture. Mr Gardyne is an avid rugby player and also loves his motorbikes.

Lyndon Wallace, 22, from the Waitane Young Farmers Club is an experienced competitor with two Regional Finals under his belt, Lyndon believe his practical mind and passion for agriculture will aid his success in the Contest. Mr Wallace stock manages 1500ha of sheep and beef country at Waimumu.

Also in the midst of the action are the future Young Farmers – the AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg competitions will be running alongside the ANZ Young Farmer Contest.

Further details and Evening Show tickets are available fromwww.youngfarmercontest.co.nz

ENDS


www.youngfarmers.co.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Freight: New Report On Auckland Port Relocation

The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. More>>

ALSO:

Chartered Accountants: COVID-19 Fails To Knock Kiwi Investor Confidence, But More Disclosure Wanted

Three months of COVID-19 lockdown and investment turmoil has done little to knock confidence in New Zealand capital markets and listed companies with overall investor sentiment very similar to 2019, an investor survey held in mid June shows. However, ... More>>

ALSO:

Taxation: Black-Market Tobacco Sidesteps $287 Million In Excise Tax

Year-on-year increases in consumption of illicit tobacco in New Zealand have seen illegal trade swell to 11.5% of the total market. If consumed legally, illicit products would have netted the Government $287 million in excise tax during 2019. Independent ... More>>

ALSO:

Energy Sector: Meridian Spilled Water To Hike Electricity Prices - Authority Ruling

The Electricity Authority has found that generator Meridian Energy manipulated the power market, costing consumers about $80 million. More>>

ALSO:

XE Data Update: RBNZ Official Cash Rate Decision

The RBNZ will keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 0.25%. T he key points in the RBNZ statement are: RBNZ keeps the OCR unchanged at 0.25% Maintain the LSAP (large scale asset purchase) at NZD$60 billion. Committee prepared to use additional monetary ... More>>

ALSO:

Electricity: Kiwis Ignore Promise Of Cheaper Power

Electric Kiwi and Flick Electric Co are joint winners of Canstar Blue’s award for Most Satisfied Customers | Electricity Providers From putting on an extra layer – rather than turning on a heater – to turning off lights and choosing the energy-saving ... More>>

ALSO:

Electricity: Transmission Pricing For A Low Carbon Future

The Electricity Authority has decided on new guidelines for transmission pricing. James Stevenson-Wallace, Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority says the new guidelines will deliver significant benefits to consumers, through lower electricity ... More>>

ALSO:

NIWA: The Climate Record That Keeps Getting Broken

Among the multitude of New Zealand climate statistics there is one record that continues to be broken month after month. Since January 2017 there has not been one month that recorded a below average nationwide temperature, according to NIWA’s seven station ... More>>

ALSO:

Govt: Extended Loan Scheme Keeps Business Afloat

Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small ... More>>

ALSO:

Science: 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Announced

The 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been announced in a digital livestream event today. The Prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives, celebrate the achievements of current scientists and encourage scientists of the ... More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: Fuel, Alcohol Costs To Go Up From Today

The increase today in the taxes on fuel, road user charges and alcohol is being called a tone-deaf move. More>>

ALSO:

Stardome Observatory: Young Kiwi Astro-Photographer Shoots For The Stars

Matariki by Josh Kirkley. The stars are aligning for up-and-coming Auckland-based astro-photographer Josh Kirkley (Kāi Tahu). During lockdown, one of his images was picked up by NASA and shared on the space agency’s Instagram to its 59.2 million ... More>>


DCANZ: Time For EU To Commit To A Level Playing Field For Trade

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) has welcomed New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker’s statement that it is unacceptable for New Zealand exporters to continue facing an ‘unlevel playing field’ in the EU. Details leaked ... More>>

ALSO:

Potatoes New Zealand: Protecting NZ Fries As Part Of PNZ Pandemic Recovery & Transformation Plan

Potatoes New Zealand has met with Minister Faafoi this week to discuss investigating the potential importation of heavily discounted frozen potato chips into New Zealand. With MBIE’s support we are undertaking an investigation to gather evidence of the ... More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Government: Supporting Kiwi Businesses To Resolve Rent Disputes

The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. More>>

ALSO: