Siblings could face off in FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final

Posted by on 29 March 2018 | Comments

Two South Island siblings could come face-to-face in New Zealand’s most prestigious farming competition.

Roscoe Taggart has clinched a spot in the Tasman Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year next week.

The 26-year-old runs a 732-hectare family sheep, beef and cropping farm in Oxford.

"Our Dad always encouraged us to give the contest a go, and eventually we did," said Roscoe.

His sister Linda Taggart is competing in the Otago/Southland Regional Final a fortnight later.

“As kids we’d sit watching the grand final on television, trying to guess the answers to all the questions,” laughed Roscoe.

But it’ll be the siblings in the spotlight if they both win their respective regional finals.

The pair would face off at the grand final in Invercargill in July.

“The contest is heaps of fun and a good way to test your skills on a diverse range of things,” said Linda.

The 25-year-old works as an Invercargill-based rural banker for Rabobank, a position she’s held for four years.

She undertook a graduate programme with the company after completing a Bachelor of Agriculture at Lincoln University.

Linda enjoys horse riding and competitive dog trials.

But it’s her day job that makes Roscoe nervous.

“She’s more switched on than me,” he said.

“Linda could be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the theory-related modules.”

“I’d be doing my best to put her off as a much as I could if we both made it to Invercargill,” laughed Roscoe.

Jokes aside, he wants his sister to win her regional final and will be offering plenty of practical pointers in the lead-up to the event.

Linda is full of praise for her brother.

“Roscoe does a fantastic job managing an incredibly diverse and challenging business and has skills I could only dream off,” she said.

Roscoe’s already had a taste of the hectic pace of the grand final.

He was the official bag carrier in Feilding for last year’s Tasman regional finalist Andrew Wiffen.

Roscoe will learn his fate first at the Tasman Regional Final in Christchurch on April 7th.

Linda will clash with seven other contestants in the Otago/Southland Regional Final on April 21st in Winton.

Both events will be hosted by Te Radar.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year which was first held in 1969.


For further details contact:

Brad Markham

Communications Manager - NZ Young Farmers 

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