Juniors take titles at regionals

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Lachlan Angland in action during the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Aorangi regional finals at Fairlie.

 

Mount Hutt College students James Clark and Jack Foster have won the Aorangi FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year title for 2022.

Mount Hutt College students James Clark and Jack Foster have won the Aorangi FMG
Junior Young Farmer of the Year title for 2022, and Longbeach School pupils Edward Pottinger, Liam Lash, and Edward White, of the Longbeach Farmwise team, have won the Aorangi AgriKidsNZ title.

Liam Lash, from left, Edward Pottinger and Edward White, of the Longbeach Farmwise team, have won the
2022 Aorangi AgriKidsNZ title.

In the senior competition Mid Canterbury’s FMG Young Farmer of the Year hopefuls Lachlan Angland and Peter O’Connor narrowly missed out on winning the Aorangi FMG Young Farmer of the Year title.

Aorangi FMG Young Farmer of the Year finalists, from left, Peter O’Connor (third place), Tom Adkins (winner), Lachlan Angland (second place).

It went to Tom Adkins, of Upper Waitaki Young Farmers. Lachlan, of Pendarves Young Farmers, placed runner-up and Peter, of Hinds Young Farmers, placed third.

Lachlan Angland was competing in his second regional final, and Peter O’Connor his third regional final.

The contest is based on four pillars – agri-skills, agri-business, agri-sports and agri- knowledge.

The senior and junior competitions were held at the Mackenzie A&P Showgrounds in Fairlie last Saturday, and saw 50 teams go head-to-head in a bid to take out the Aorangi
AgriKidsNZ and FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year titles.

The FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year contestants were challenged to a range of practical and theoretical modules, with Jack and James enjoying the challenge of the
face-off, where the top five teams compete through a quiz format competition.

They also enjoyed the MPI module, where contestants had to identify ways to protect
apiculture in New Zealand, “we almost got 100% of questions correct on the bee-
keeping module,” James said.

Under the red light covid protection framework, each event was held separately with
entries capped at 35 teams on rotation to comply with the 100-person capacity limits.

In second place for Aorangi FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year were Anna Barrie and Grady Hopkirk from Geraldine High School. The AgriKidsNZ runner-up and third-place spots were taken out by Ashburton Intermediate School teams, the AIS Contractors made up of Alice Johnson, Kaira Wright, and Laura Hyde, followed by the AIS Harvesters made up by Callum Tait, James Lansdown, Ethan Graham.

The top two FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year teams and top three AgriKidsNZ teams have been invited to the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Whangarei in July.

The FMG Young Farmer of the Year Contest Series would not be possible without
support from its family of sponsors: FMG, Ravensdown, WorkSafe, Ministry for
Primary Industries, Environmental Protection Authority, Honda, STIHL, Massey University, Lincoln University, New Holland, and PTS Logistics.