First-year farmer wins by just a whisker

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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.

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