For the first time in the history of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year, the Grand Final will be available on multiple online platforms in a move away from screening on television.
In three weeks, New Zealand will have a new FMG Young Farmer of the Year and for the first time in the 49-year-history of the Contest it could well be a female from the city taking the title home.
Taranaki Dairy Farmer James Lawn isn’t often lost for words, but tonight was speechless in being named the Taranaki/Manawatu Regional Finalist for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year, after a nail-biting competition in Hawera.
Technical Field Officer, Hamish Best felt honored to win the East Coast Regional FMG Young Farmer of the Year, after a commanding performance which saw him convincingly take the title in Waipukurau on Saturday.
Reporoa Sheep and Beef Farmer Richard French was delighted to be named the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty Regional FMG Young Farmer of the Year after a fiercely fought battle alongside tough competition in Te Awamutu on Saturday.
Agribusiness owner Lisa Kendall was last night named the Northern Regional Finalist for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year, making her only the fourth female to ever make it to the Grand Final. Only in her first Regional Final Lisa was extremely modest in her win, describing it as ‘a real surprise’.
West Coast dairy farmer Andrew Wiffen had to take time to let it sink in as he was named Tasman Regional Final FMG Young Farmer of the Year after a solid overall performance across all Challenges that saw him take out a tough contest on the West Coast.
The childhood dream of South Otago farmer Nigel Woodhead came true on Saturday night when he won the right to represent Otago/Southland as a Grand Finalist at this year’s 2017 FMG Young Farmer of the Year.