First-year farmer wins by just a whisker
Piarere Young Farmers member Grant Purdy beat eight other club members to win the title for the longest and thickest beard at a club competition recently.Purdy, who is enjoying his first year of farming, and the other competitors had been growing the beards for roughly three and a half months for the annual competition, club member Bryleigh Aplin said. ‘‘They don’t shave from when the first cow calves until the last cow calves,’’ she said.Local hairdressers Sarah Fotheringham and Katrina Marshall shaved the beards and decided the winner.
The club had been a lot more social since calving had finished. They have run a cocktail night and attended the Cambridge Young Farmers’ masquerade ball.The Piarere club would soon be weighing both club members and their donated calves to see who had lost the most over calving and which animal had put on the most weight since calving. The club was also planning to help with fencing around a walkway where the local Rotary club will plant 100 kahikatea trees at the Peria Road Reserve in Matamata – commemorating 100 years since World War I, Aplin said.
BIG BEARDS: Piarere Young Farmers members, from left, Grant Purdy who won the competition for longest beard, Hugh Edward, Rob Whitaker, Daniel Anderson and Brett Steeghs, before they got their beards shaved off.