Taranaki Manawatu FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year and AgriKids Winners Announced

Posted by Erin Speedy on 23 January 2021 | Comments

Two talented young women from Feilding Agricultural High School have taken out the title for Taranaki Manawatu FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year 2021.

Year 11 students Holly Thomson, 14 and Lucy Allomes, 15, topped the points table for the regional competition. 

The contest for high school students in Teen Ag Clubs was held at the Awapuni Racecourse in Palmerston North on Saturday (23rd January).

It ran alongside the Taranaki Manawatu FMG Young Farmer of the Year and AgriKids Regional Finals.

Runner up FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year was awarded to the Chicory Chicks from Feilding High School and Palmerston North Girls’ High School, Nikki Baker and Jade Askin.

Both teams have been invited to compete at the Grand Final in Christchurch in July which runs alongside the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final.

Third place was taken out by another team from Feilding Agricultural High School, Blake McEwan and Jack Cammock.

Cammock was also awarded FMG Junior Young Farmer Competitor of the Day.

Thomson from a sheep and beef farm and Allomes, from a dairy farm combined their different skillsets and farming knowledge to use to their advantage during the quiz phase of the contest.

“We were a bit sketchy in the first round, some of the modules were hard but we went well in the Face Off,” Thomson said.  

“Super excited” to have won, the pair have now turned their focus to preparing for the Grand Final in Christchurch in July.  

“We’ll research a bit more than we did today and do some fundraising as well,” Allomes said.

The Hiwinui Huntaways from Hiwinui School, made up by Logan Baker, 10, Van Campbell, 13, and Lochlan Wood, 12, were crowned the Taranaki Manawatu AgriKids winners.

Second place was awarded to the Mak Trapper’s from South Makirikiri School, made up by Fono Bason, Jonty Skerman and Alex Jamison.  

Jordyn Taylor, Felicity Oloney and George Cunliffe, also from South Makirikiri School came in third where Cunliffe was also awarded the AgriKids Competitor of the Day.

The top three teams have all been invited to the Grand Final in Christchurch in July where they will compete against 21 other teams from across the country.

The Hiwinui Huntaways were over the moon to have taken out the top gong for the competition.

“Just being here was our favourite part of the day,” Logan Baker said.

With the trio all keen motorbike riders, they enjoyed the Honda module the most and said it was the easiest.

Looking forward to the Grand Final in Christchurch, Van Campbell said they would now turn their minds to studying and practicing.


About FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year:

Teen Ag Clubs in high schools across the country aim to introduce teenagers to the agriculture, food and fibre sector – from farming and growing, to fishing and horticulture and everything else in between.

Members can compete in teams of two in the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year contest in their region.

The pairs tackle eight theoretical and practical modules hosted by sponsors across a range of topics.

Modules in the past have included animal anatomy, fencing, meat cut I.D, gun safety, equine, agronomy, feed budgeting, chainsaw assembly and more.

The top five teams then head into “the face off”, a famous Young Farmer of the Year buzzer styled quiz where points are then added up and the winners decided.

14 FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year teams will battle it out for the national title in July, at the Grand Final.

About AgriKidsNZ Contest:

The AgriKids contest is open to all primary school age students across the country where contestants compete in teams of three. 

They complete a series of modules hosted by sponsors on the day before the top seven teams head into the race off where they undertake a sequence of tasks in a time and points challenge.

Gumboot throwing, fencing, driving go-karts, sack racing and fitting chains on motorbikes are just some of the practical activities the teams have had to tackle in previous years.

Theoretical modules surrounding livestock breeding and genetics, farm safety and healthy soil have also been challenges for teams to wrap their brains around.