Fourth Grand Finalist named

Posted by on 12 March 2016 | Comments




Tony Dowman is the fourth Grand Finalist to be named in the 2016 FMG Young Farmer of the Year.

Tony is a 30 year old Farm Business Manager who took first place at the East Coast Regional Final in Dannevirke on 12 March.

Mr Dowman went home with a prize pack worth over $10,000 including cash, scholarships and products and services from FMG, Massey University, Ravensdown, Meridian Energy, AGMARDT, Silver Fern Farms, Honda, STIHL and Vodafone.  Tony also won the Massey University Agri-growth Challenge, Silver Fern Farms Agri-sports Challenge and the Ravensdown Agri-Skills Challenge.

The last time Tony competed in the Contest was in 2012.

Mr Dowman is off to the Grand Final in Timaru, 7 – 9 July, where he will battle it out for the Grand Champion’s title.  This year's Grand Final prize pack is $162,200.

The East Coast Regional Final featured a strong group of contestants with plenty of knowledge and talent on display. The eight contestants were put through their paces in a variety of challenging modules touching on all aspects of farming from practical hands-on tasks to theory and business components.

 Second place went to Hamish Best (26) from the Tikotino Club who also the Meridian Energy Agri-knowledge Challenge.

 Third place went to Richard French (26) also from the Tikokino Club.

 The AGMARDT Agri-business Challenge was won by Nick Bertram.

 Alongside the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Practical Day events New Zealand’s future farmers were in competition too in TeenAg and AgriKids competitions.

 The top three teams from AgriKids and top two teams from TeenAg competitions will compete at the Grand Final in Timaru, 7- 9 July.

 The TeenAg competition was taken out by Callum and Archie Woodhouse from Rathkeale College.

 The AgriKids competition was won by Samantha Marriott, Maddie Taylor and Georgia Higinbottom from Tinui School.

The 2016 FMG Young Farmer of the Year features seven Regional Finals culminating in the Grand Final.