Second time lucky for young farmer?

Nick Webster will be hoping his previous grand final experience will stand him in good stead for this year's National Bank Young Farmer Contest grand final.

Mr Webster (28), a member of Five Forks YFC, will represent the Aorangi region in the final, which is being held in Ashburton from tomorrow till Saturday.

He was third in the grand final in 2005, and his father Jock is a previous grand finalist.

Mr Webster works on his family's 1100ha cropping operation near Oamaru, and is the Aorangi regional YFC chairman.

Winton farmer Kyle Thorburn will represent Otago-Southland for the second time.

He finished sixth in last year's event.

A member of the Nightcaps YFC, Mr Thorburn (29) is a block manager on a 550ha sheep and dairy grazing property at Five Rivers.

The other contestants are Grant Charteris (East Coast), James Donaldson (Northern), David Skiffington (Taranaki-Manawatu), Fraser McGougan (Waikato-Bay of Plenty) and Steve Knight (Tasman).

The grand final starts in earnest on Thursday, July 10, with the technical challenge day at Hotel Ashburton.

The practical challenges and agrisports will be held the following day at the Ashburton Domain, and the televised grand final show on the Saturday.

The winner champion will win an $82,185 package, which includes a Ford Ranger four-wheel-drive utility, a Honda four-wheel-drive ATV, a selection of Echo equipment, cash from the National Bank, Ravensdown fertiliser and Swanndri clothing.


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