Some of the country's best young farmers will go head to head
at the 2014 ANZ Young Farmer Contest grand final events at
Lincoln and Christchurch.
In July, young farmers will be put through their paces in all
things agricultural, from practical hands-on modules,
including the action-packed agri-sports challenge, to theory
and general knowledge tests.
''This contest is a testament to the calibre of individuals
integral to the success of the primary sector,'' Young Farmer
Contest chairman Kyle Goodwin said.
Canterbury will be represented by Tasman finalist Reuben
Carter, of the Christchurch City YFC, and Aorangi finalist
James Davidson, of the Hinds YFC.
While Mr Carter is competing in his second successive grand
final, Mr Davidson is competing for the first time.
The grand final begins on Thursday, July 3, with the official
opening at Lincoln University library, before the contestants
battle it out in their first head-to-head challenge.
The next day is a practical one at the Lincoln University
grounds, where the seven grand finalists will work their way
through modules designed to test their skills, strength and
Young farmers of the future will then compete in the
AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg grand finals, with 21 teams in each
vying to take home their champion titles and trophies.
In the TeenAg, Canterbury and North Otago will be represented
by Aorangi finalists the High Country Hillbillies (Holly
Malcolm and Ella Sanderson) and the Gumboot Girls (Georgia
Malcolm and Brittany Caldwell), from St Kevin's College,
Oamaru, and the Moist Musters (Cody Callaghan and Thomas
Yeatman), of Timaru Boys' High School.
They will take on two teams (Jack Anderson and Ben Early, and
George Fraser and Hamish Gardner) from St Andrew's College,
Christchurch, representing the Tasman region.
Aorangi will be represented in the AgriKids grand final by
the Hinds Agris team (Ella Yeatman, William Ward and Hayden
Jefferson), of Hinds School, the Crazy Cows (Ben Chambers,
Sam Wilson and Ben Thompson), of Ashburton Intermediate
School, and the Geraldine Musterers (Patrick Foley- Smith,
Tim Sheed and Mitchell Sowden).
They will take on two teams from North Loburn School in North
Canterbury, representing the Tasman region.
Spectators can also watch the finalists in the New Zealand
Young Farmers (NZYF) stock judging, fencing and clay target
Also in the mix is the World Young Shepherds Challenge. Eight
competitors from across New Zealand will be tested in their
sheep industry skills and knowledge, with the top two winning
a trip to France to represent New Zealand at the final in
In the evening, events head to the Wigram Air Force Museum
for the ANZ sponsors and speeches dinner, where contestants
are tested on their rhetoric talents.
Saturday is devoted to preparation for the live televised
evening show, hosted by Mark Leishman at the CBS Arena in
By the end of the show, the scores will be tallied and one
finalist will be named the 2014 contest champion.
Celebrations will continue into the evening at the black-tie
dinner and ball at Addington Raceway.
''Young Farmers are known for putting on a good show. The
events over these few days can be enjoyed by all and it's a
great opportunity to celebrate rural New Zealand,'' Mr
Other events include the annual NZYF Bus Trip, the TBfree New
Zealand NZYF chairman's awards dinner and debate, the Agmardt
Agri-business Breakfast and the NZYF annual general meeting.
- The 2014 ANZ Young Farmer Contest grand final
events are at Lincoln and Christchurch, July 3-5.