Justin Boyd (left) ties plastic piping with the help of team-mate Jeffrey Robinson as part of the TeenAg competition. Supplied photo
Farming is part of everyday life for Southland lads Jeffrey
Robinson and Justin Boyd and, whether it is moving stock or
putting up breaks, the pair never shy away from farm work.
As they headed to Lincoln University earlier this month to
compete in the 2014 TeenAg competition grand final they were
sure their farming knowledge would shine through.
The 17-year-old Menzies College pupils secured first place in
the national finals, beating 19 other teams.
It was the boys' first final and winning meant a lot because
it was their last year of competition as they will finish
high school this year.
Jeffrey said they had been reasonably confident heading into
the competition but were not sure what to expect. The boys
had competed at the regional level of the competition twice
before but had never made it to the final.
They were both thrilled with the first place, Jeffrey said.
''It's pretty cool [to win]. It was our last go at it and we
had been building up for the last few years to do it. It was
good the first time we got to the final to win it.''
The competition involved a range of different challenges from
labelling meat cuts and installing a sprinkler to competing
in a duck-plucking race and making a long drop.
Jeffrey said the hardest part had been controlling nerves and
remembering to take their time to make sure things were done
On the plus side, they had spent time at an apiary before the
competition and so were fairly confident when they had to
build a beehive, Jeffrey said.
''We definitely complemented each other. We are both from
sheep farms and Justin used to work on a dairy farm so we
complemented each other.''
The pair said they were absolutely thrilled with the win and
that their background farming knowledge had helped them
secure top spot on the day.
Justin said that it had been great to be a part of the
Second place went to the ''Two Lone Wolves'', Graham Johnson
and Corey Jones, from the Waikato-Bay of Plenty region, and
third place to ''Jack and Ben'', Tasman pair Jack Anderson
and Ben Early.
- by Nicole Sharp