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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 each region run their respective Young Farmer Runoffs, which any Rural Youth member can enter, or join up on the day.  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!

Each region automatically qualify their three best “Young Farmers” along with the next top six scorers from around the state which then make up the “Top 15 Young Farmers” who go through to the State Final held in September.  The fifteen Rural Youth finalists from across Tasmania converged on Quercus Rural Youth Park on 10 September to compete in the 2016 Australian Chainsaw Products 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 sheep handling, to sprayer calibration, shooting, soil assessment and fencing. They also put pen to paper for a general knowledge quiz, finance and farm safety. That evening, a debate 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 11 years of competing and four times runner up, Martin McConnon of the Westmorland Club took out top honours. As well as winning tools donated by Tasweld, Martin also takes home a brand new ATV from Polaris and will head to New Zealand in July 2017 to compete against their Young Farmer in the inaugural Trans-Tasman competition. All top 6 winner take home great prizes donated by Tasweld and Australian Chainsaw Products. Allgoods donated gift vouchers for module winners.

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.