YFC wel­comes new mem­bers

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By NICKI DAVIDSON

With a range of new faces on the com­mit­tee and a crammed events cal­en­dar it is all go at the Piarere Young Farm­ers Club.

Chair­man Hugh Ed­ward has been joined by vice chair­man Simon Washer, sec­ond vice chair­per­son Rachel Nap­per, sec­re­tary Ta­nia Ma­son and safety of­fi­cer Brad Mor­gan. Michelle Lalich con­tin­ues as trea­surer.

Mr Ed­ward said it is great to have such a strong com­mit­tee with such a busy time ahead.

‘‘We’ve got the fenc­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Cam­bridge Show this week­end and Piarere has four teams of two en­tered,’’ he said.

‘‘ We’re in­volved in the Mata­mata Christ­mas Pa­rade then we’ve got a bar­be­cue at Ho­ra­hora Do­main plus our Christ­mas party.’’

Prepa­ra­tion for next year is also well un­der way, in­clud­ing the Young Farmer of the Year district fi­nals in Jan­uary.

‘‘En­trants have to com­plete 10 mod­ules dur­ing the day then there are the speeches and quiz at night. The top two from the district go through to the re­gional fi­nal which will be held in Mor­rinsville in March, with the Waikato win­ner go­ing to the na­tional fi­nal in Master­ton in July.’’

The other ma­jor up­com­ing con­test is the Dairy In­dus­try Awards in March,’’ Mr Ed­ward said.

‘‘ Last year one of our mem­bers, Baz Nelis, won sharemilker of the year. I’m en­ter­ing the man­ager of the year and a few of our guys will be in trainee of the year.’’

Piarere cov­ers Mata­mata and its sur­round­ing area, south to Toko­roa.

Mem­ber­ship is at 55 but de­spite club’s name it’s not just for farm­ers.

‘‘Our age group is 18-30 and we’re al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers and you don’t have to be a farmer, just have a ru­ral in­ter­est.

‘‘We have builders, and town­ies too.’’

‘‘Some­times we have guest speak­ers but we talk about any­thing and ev­ery­thing re­ally,’’ he said.

The Piarere Young Farmer Club meets ev­ery Mon­day night at the Te Poi Coun­try Pub with a for­mal meet­ing on the sec­ond Mon­day of each month.

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