Hinds Young Farmer wins Mid Canterbury FMG Young Farmer of the Year

Posted by Nadine Porter on 8 November 2016 | Comments

Hinds may have a new agricultural hero if dark horse Cameron Black makes good on early form when he competes at the Aorangi Regional Final for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year. 

The 23-year-old Ashburton BNZ rural bank manager and Hinds Young Farmer member took out the Mid Canterbury District Contest and Skills Day, held at Mt Somers Station in the weekend. 

He, along with second place winner David Wards and third place getter James Gunson will represent Mid Canterbury at the Aorangi Regional Final on the 25th February at Methven. 

And if his early form is anything to go by he may be very hard to beat particularly with his previous experience competing in two regional finals in the Taranaki/Manawatu region. 

graduate of Massey University with a Bachelor in Agri-Science, Cameron hails from Western Southland where his parents still farm a sheep and beef property. 

Having grown up in Southland with the province's proud history in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year, Cameron has always wanted to win the title.  

"I always remember watching it on television. I grew up in the great Southland era when Richard Slee, Robert Kempthorne and Simon Hopcroft won the title." 

Currently the chairman of the Hinds club and vice chairman of the Aorangi region, Cameron is also a passionate waterskier and plays rugby for Southern. 

He is planning to study hard before the regional as he knows Aorangi is the toughest region to compete in with six Grand Final winners hailing from the region since 2002.  

"I'm a wee bit nervous but I'm excited as well." 

Nineteen-year-old David Wards may-be young but the second place getter proved he could also be an unknown quantity. 

The Methven Young Farmer works on a sheep and cropping farm and entered his first District Contest so that he could beat his sister Hayley. 

Originally from the King Country David is also known on the competitive shearing circuit and recently made the Ellesmeare A and P Show finals. He is also part of the Ashburton Pipe Band where he plays the bagpipes. 

Foothills Young Farmer James Gunson rounds out the top three. 

  

How the FMG Young Farmer of the Year works: 

400 contestants will compete in 22 District Contest and Skills Day nation-wide where they can opt to 'Have a Go' which means they cannot progress to the next level – or they can enter competitively. 

56 contestants will compete in seven regional finals from Northern, Waikato-Bay of Plenty, Taranaki-Manawatu, East Coast, Tasman, Aorangi, Otago-Southland from February to April. 

The seven winners of the regional final will go the Grand Final in July 2017 at Manawatu. 

In 49 years only three females have ever made the Grand Final: 

Denise Brown who placed seventh in 1981 

Louise Collingwood who was RUNNER UP and third place in 2003 and 2001 

Katherine Tucker placed seventh in 2012 

For more information please contact Nadine Porter, Communications Manager on 021 2140703 or email nadine.porter@youngfarmers.co.nz