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Tasmanian Young Farmer of the Year 

The Young Farmer Competition is one of the largest competitions run on the Rural Youth calendar.

The third weekend in July each year sees the Young Farmer Runoffs held, which any Rural Youth member or non member can enter.  The run offs test skills such at stock judging, seed identification, first aid, fencing and many other topics.  Modules will be anything associated with farming.  It is always a fun day where even people who know very little about farming can test their skills and enjoy learning something new!

The highest scoring 10 from the Runoffs become the “Top 10 Young Farmers” who go through to the State Final held in September.  The ten finalists from across Tasmania converged on Quercus Park on 23 September to compete in the 2017 Rural Youth Young Farmer of the Year Competition.

Their skills were put to the test throughout the day as they competed in a diverse range of modules. From beef judging and fire fighting, to finance, butchering, seed calibration, fencing, first aid, target shooting and seed identification. That evening, a debating pushed many of them out of their comfort zones.

“The competition is a great opportunity for Rural Youth members to show everyone what they’re made of and this year they didn’t disappoint. The judges had to make a very tough decision,” says Competition Director, Ashley Evans.

At the end of the day there could only be one winner and after 4 years of competing, Peter Damen of the North Motton Club took out top honours. As well as winning prizes donated by Tasweld, Allgoods, Proskill, GA Power Tools - Oregon. Peter also takes home a brand new ATV from Polaris. 

In you have any questions in regards to the Young Farmer of the Year Competition please contact Young Farmer director via email youngfarmer@ruralyouth.com.au or call 0409 316 158.  Further details can also be found on our facebook page.