Young Farmer of the Year decider at show

Amber Mitchell.
Amber Mitchell.
Young farmers will put both practical and theoretical skills to the test at this year's Otago competition.

The race to find the next FMG Young Farmer of the Year will be held at the South Otago A&P Show on November 24.

It's the final qualifying round for the high-profile Otago/Southland regional final.

NZ Young Farmers (NZYF) members will go head to head in modules testing a range of skills.

NZYF territory manager Amber Mitchell said the event was a real crowd-pleaser and was well worth a look for anyone visiting the show.

''Competitors could be required to do anything from shearing a sheep, to budgeting, fencing or even cooking the perfect snack.''

The top four place-getters in the fast-paced event will secure spots in the regional final on February 16 in Milton.

The first four finalists were decided at the Southland District Contest in Riverton last month.

They are Matt McRae, Allen Gregory, Jacob Mackie and Zac Thomas.

The Otago/Southland Regional Final will also see the skills of school students tested in the AgriKidsNZ and FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year regional finals.

Entries have opened for both events.


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