Young farmers put through their paces

Waimakariri Young Farmers’ Club member Ryan Hawes models for the St John first aid module during...
Waimakariri Young Farmers’ Club member Ryan Hawes models for the St John first aid module during the Tasman North district contest and skills day at the Rangiora Show on Saturday.
Tasman region young farmers were put through their paces at the Rangiora Show on Saturday.

The Waimakariri Young Farmers Club hosted the second of two Tasman region district contests and skills days as part of the 2020 FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest.

Having the contest at the Rangiora Show, and at the Selwyn Spring Show at Leeston the previous Saturday, was good exposure for the event, Tasman region junior vice-chairwoman Ashleigh Foley said.

"One young guy came up to me today, he's 15 and he goes to school in town (Christchurch), but he's working on a farm and he asked `can I join your club?'.

"His school doesn't have a TeenAg club, but he's keen to work in agriculture."

The Waimakariri YFC member said young people did not need to come from a farm to compete in the contest or have a career in agriculture.

"I grew up in Christchurch and had no exposure to agriculture.

"I thought a Jersey was something you wore and not a breed of cow. My friends from Lincoln still give me stick about it."

Waimakariri Young Farmers’ Club member Ashleigh Foley was overseeing the Tasman North district...
Waimakariri Young Farmers’ Club member Ashleigh Foley was overseeing the Tasman North district contest and skills day at the Rangiora Show on Saturday, after competing in the Tasman South contest at Leeston the previous weekend. PHOTOS: DAVID HILL
Ms Foley competed at Leeston and was the event convener at Rangiora Show.

"Last week I was competing just to give it a go.

"You get quite nervous when you don't know what the modules are.

"But I enjoyed giving it a go and it's given me the confidence to step up next year and go competitive and try to get through to the regional final."

Tasman region chairwoman Vanessa Robinson was pleased with the response.

One young person made the trip down from Renwick, near Blenheim, to compete at Leeston, while National Trade Academy students lined up at Rangiora to give it a go.

"The benefit of having just two qualifying competitions in the region is it puts less demands on volunteers and by keeping it open, if you volunteer at one event you can still compete in the other event," she said.

The top four placegetters from each event qualified for the Tasman regional final, which will be held in the Christchurch district on Saturday, March 28.

Results

Tasman South (Leeston):
Jack Taggart (Lincoln University
YFC) 1, Jonny Brown (Dunsandel
YFC) 2, Scott Abrahamson (West
Melton YFC) 3, Jeremy Kilgour
(Lincoln University YFC) 4.

Tasman North (Rangiora):
Kendal Buchanan (Christchurch
City YFC) 1, Dean Gardiner
(Amuri Basin YFC) 2, Becky
Rickard (Lincoln University YFC)
3, George Gill (Lincoln University
YFC) 4.

- By David Hill

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