Two wins for young farmer

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By IRIS RIDDELL

Awards have been flow­ing in for con­tract milker Hugh Ed­ward. Mr Ed­ward scooped two awards last month at the an­nual Agri­cul­ture In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion AgriAwards in Hamil­ton – the Don Thompson Cup and the Har­ri­son Shield.

‘‘The best part for me is a lot of the names on the tro­phies are guys who are pretty high up in the Young Farm­ers right now.

‘‘They’re do­ing well in the in­dus­try so I just need to fol­low them,’’ he said.

The Don Thompson Cup was awarded for out­stand­ing prac­ti­cal per­for­mance on the farm and comes with $200 worth of farm­ing vouch­ers.

He re­ceived the Har­ri­son Shield for out­stand­ing abil­ity and qual­ity of lead­er­ship, aca­demic abil­ity and prac­ti­cal farm­ing skills.

The award came with $500 cash and a week-long ex­change in the South Is­land.

Last month, Mr Ed­ward fin­ished two years of prac­ti­cal on­farm train­ing with the train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, learn­ing the fun­da­men­tals of the job.

On top of ev­ery­thing else, he is also chair­man of the Piarere Young Farm­ers’ Club, and said the club was look­ing for new mem­bers.

‘‘It’s a good so­cial club and just re­ally fun to be in­volved in. Ev­ery­one’s re­ally friendly there and we al­ways like to see new faces.’’

He stressed that the club was not only for farm­ers – any­one was wel­come.

‘‘It’s for any­one with what we call a ru­ral in­ter­est. We’ve got builders, teach­ers and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. We never turn any­one away.’’

The Piarere Young Farm­ers’ Club meets ev­ery Mon­day night at the Te Poi Coun­try Pub at 8pm, as well as tak­ing part in var­i­ous other events through­out the year.

These in­clude in­ter-club chal­lenges like tug-of-war and bowl­ing, field trips to rugby games, or week­end-long bus tours to a mys­tery des­ti­na­tion.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the Piarere club can con­tact Hugh Ed­ward on 027 259 1649, or check out the Face­book page for more de­tails.

Piarere Young Farm­ers’ Club chair­man Hugh Ed­ward took home two awards at the Agri­cul­ture In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s AgriAwards in Hamil­ton. It’s a mys­tery: Piarere Young Farm­ers’ Club on a mys­tery bus tour.

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