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Posted on Jul 28, 2014

The 2014 Australian Chainsaws Young Farmer of the Year Competitions top 15 finalists, all members of Rural Youth Tasmania, have been announced and the competition now heats up. After the regional runoff stage was completed by competitors state-wide, the competition now moves to finals round to be held on Saturday September 13th at Quercus Park, the home of Agfest.

Regional Runoffs were held in three locations around Tasmania on the weekend of July 19-20 where 26 participants’ knowledge was tested in fields including Agriculture, Farm Finance, General Knowledge and Picture ID. The Top Three scoring competitors from each region have now advanced to the finals, with the preceding six highest scoring members state-wide also getting the chance to compete for over $30000 in cash and prizes and be crowned 2014 Australian Chainsaws Young Farmer on the Year.

Young Farmer of the Year Coordinator, Amanda Bayles spoke of the diversity of the runoff modules and the wealth of Rural Youth Tasmania members keen to have a go at the competition, “it was great to see so many members turn up to take part in the runoffs, the modules were challenging, providing the chance to learn something new”.

In 2013, winner Victoria Percival of Kettering in Southern Tasmania took home over $10000 worth of cash and prizes including a Polaris Quad Bike valued at $8500. This prize returns in 2014, providing finalists a large incentive and lure to give their all on the day. Finalists will complete 10 modules on the final day, with the competition culminating in a formal awards dinner where the top 6 prize-winners will be announced.

Prue Dennis, 23 of Cressy and Rural Youth Tasmania’s Senior Vice President will be aiming to go one better this year, having finished inside the top three for the last two years, whilst Martin McConnon, himself a multiple time top three placing finalist, returns in 2014 to provide some stiff competition for Dennis. All this rivalry means an exciting competition is assured!

The Top 15 Competitors who will compete in the finals on September 13th in Carrick are: Angus Verhay, Brighid Worldon, Casey Jones, Dale Hayers, Ethan Williams, Keith Lee, Malcolm Campbell, Martin McConnon, Matthew Bayles, Morgan Waters, Peter Damen, Phillipa Green, Prue Dennis, Richard Petrie, Will McConnon.