It was a competition that brought out the best swedes, kale
and a number of other winter crops from across the Maniototo.
Farmers and spectators all piled into the Ranfurly rugby club
rooms last weekend for the inaugural Maniototo Young Farmers
winter feed competition.
Prizes were awarded to the top placegetters in each of the
two categories, irrigated and dryland. Each category
consisted of three sections.
The event was used as a fundraiser for the Maniototo Young
Farmers club and a charity auction was also held to fundraise
money for St John and Hospital Friends.
Maniototo Young Farmers chairwoman Brooke Elliot said the
evening had been a great success and it was a fantastic
result for the first of the competition.
''It was good, it was really fantastic''.
Ten items were put up for auction on the night with the major
prize being the labour of 10 of the Maniototo Young Farmers
for a day.
About $6000 was raised and donated to the charities.
Judges commented on the overall event saying it was an
excellent day out and a great concept put together by the
young farmers club. Judge Dean Rabbidge said he could see it
being replicated by other clubs in the region.
The overall winner was Barry Smith, who said he had picked up
some valuable information from the judges that he would not
have known if he had not entered.
''It helps me figure out what I can do next year to improve
Winner of the Irrigated Fodder Beet section was Kyeburn
farmer Adam Lindsay, who found many benefits from using
fodder beet as a winter feed option.
''The cows just love it, even old cows start hopping around
like spring lambs when they get on to a new break of beet,''