Tasman region winner Reuben Carter, of Christchurch City
YFC, works on a quad bike.
Christchurch YFC member Reuben Carter produced a dominant
display to qualify for a hometown grand final in the 2014 ANZ
Young Farmer Contest.
The 30-year-old agronomist retained his Tasman region title
in Murchison on February 15 after leading for most of the
day, winning both the agrisports and agriskills challenges
and giving him $10,000 worth of prizes.
Mr Carter, who recently transferred to work for AgriSeeds in
Hamilton, will now compete in the grand final in Christchurch
from July 3 to July 5.
He finished fourth in the 2013 grand final and has competed
in seven regional finals, three in Northland and four in
''I have a lot of passion and drive for the agricultural
sector and this is what drives me in the contest,'' he said.
''I have always been competitive and enjoy the challenge of
competing in the young farmers contest.''
Mr Carter grew up on a sheep and beef farm at Opononi in
Northland and later moved to Canterbury, where he gained a
bachelor of agriculture degree from Lincoln University.
Outside of work, Mr Carter said he enjoyed hunting, wood
chopping, four-wheel driving and was active in stock judging.
He was the 2012 winner for the New Zealand and Australasian
junior meat and wool breeds sheep judging championships.
Mr Carter also works on his sheep stud, Hurricane Romney, and
building up his equity for the ultimate goal of returning to
Canterbury to buy a drystock/cropping farm.
Second place went to Andrew Wiffen, of the Renwick YFC, while
Sarah O'Connell, Dunsandel YFC, came third and James Hoban,
Hurunui YFC, was fourth.
Ms O'Connell also won the AGMARDT Agribusiness Challenge.
- by David Hill