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Posted on Jul 28, 2017

As the 2016 Young Farmer competition winner, Marty McConnon will represent Australia in the inaugural ‘Trans Tasman Challenge’ against the New Zealand Young Farmer winner, Athol. He will head over to New Zealand and compete from 6-9 July at the FMG Young Farmer of the Year. As well as having a great opportunity to display his agriculture knowledge and skills, Marty will also be seeing the sites with a bit of touring and farm visits.

The idea of the ‘Trans Tasman Challenge’ all began when we received an email from our New Zealand counterparts asking if we thought it was a good idea… and of course we did! The competition adds a new and exciting element to our Young Farmer competition and is a chance for us to showcase the talent we have here in Tasmania.

Marty will be competing against Athol, a Mid Canterbury dairy farm manager. Athol works within the Senior Leadership Team at Purata Farms, supplying independent milk company Synlait Milk and leads a team of over ten staff.

The pull of the agriculture sector was too much for builder Marty, who after a downturn in the Launceston building industry started working with an agricultural contracting business and has never looked back. After competing in Young Farmer for 12 years and coming runner up 4 times, Marty’s persistence paid off with his win in 2016.

Good luck to both contestants and here is hoping that Marty brings home the trophy!