Third Grand Finalist named

Posted by on 5 March 2016 | Comments


Pete Fitz-Herbert is the third Grand Finalist to be named in the 2016 FMG Young Farmer of the Year.

The 30 year old, Sheep and Beef Farmer took first place at the Taranaki / Manawatu Regional Final in Feilding on Saturday 5 March.

Mr Fitz-Herbert went home with a prize pack worth over $10,000 including cash, scholarships and products and services from FMG, Massey University, Ravensdown, Median Energy, AGMARDT, Silver Fern Farms, Honda, STIHL and Vodafone. He also won the Meridian Energy Agri-knowledge and Massey University Agri-Growth Challenges.

This was Pete's  2nd attempt at Grand Final level.  Pete was a Grand Finalist in 2015 and has been involved with Young Farmers for several years. 

Mr Fitz-Herbert is off to the Grand Final in Timaru, 7 – 9 July, where he will battle it out for the Grand Champion’s title.

The Taranaki / Manawatu 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 James Rogers, 30, Marton Club.  James also won the AGMARDT Agri-business Challenge.

Third place went to Ray Hirst 29, Fitzherbert Club. The owner of Kiwi Calves also took out the Silver Fern Farms Agri-sports Challenge and the Ravensdown Agri-skills Challenge.

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 the top two teams from TeenAg will compete at the Grand Final in Timaru, 7- 9 July.

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