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Posted on Jul 14, 2014

The Rural Youth Tasmania’s Young Farmer Competition for 2014 is this weekend swinging into action state-wide, with competitors battling it out in Region runoffs, for the chance to enter the state final to be held in September at Quercus Park Carrick.

Open to all Rural Youth members aged between 15 and 30, the competition tests the farming knowledge of competitors through a series of both practical and theoretical modules, with over $20000 worth of cash and prizes available to winners. Members of the public are encouraged to come along on the day and sign up to Rural Youth and enter the competition.

Region runoffs are held in each of the three Rural Youth Regions-Southern, Northern and North West, where competitors will complete a series of point scoring modules, aiming to earn enough points on the day to see them win a place in the state finals. Only 15 places are available for the finals. Region points are carried into the finals, where again, a series of modules will be completed by each competitor. The competition culminates at a formal dinner in the evening where the top six competitors are announced and then complete two final modules-a general knowledge quiz and a public speech to the dinner attendees.

In 2013, winner Victoria Percival of Kettering took home a brand new Polaris ATV, a Stihl Chainsaw, MIG Welder and multiple other prizes donated by kind sponsors of the event. The top six competitors also won a host of sponsored goods, whilst each of the top 15 finalists also took home gift vouchers and goods. 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. An exciting competition is assured!

For More information on the competition itself, contact Rural Youth Tasmania’s State Young Farmer Director, Amanda Bayles or for more information on the local runoff in your region, contact the local Young Farmer of the Year competition delegate.