Hugely suc­cess­ful

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

Waotu farmer Hugh Ed­ward is achiev­ing great things.

The 22-year-old won the Don Thompson Cup and the Har­ri­son Shield at the AgITO AgriAwards Waikato on June 23.

AgITO cel­e­brates the achieve­ments of its trainees and em­ploy­ers.

The Don Thompson Cup is awarded to a trainee who has demon­strated out­stand­ing prac­ti­cal per­for­mance in a na­tional cer­tifi­cate in agri­cul­ture or pro­duc­tion man­age­ment strand.

The Har­ri­son Shield is awarded to a trainee 24 years and un­der pos­sess­ing out­stand­ing abil­ity.

The win­ner is cho­sen for qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship, aca­demic abil­ity and prac­ti­cal farm­ing skills.

‘‘It’s pretty good, to get this when you have all of the other young farm­ers out there,’’ he said.

‘‘Just to think about all of those farm­ers who have done this be­fore me.’’

He was raised in Waotu and moved to Mata­mata for two years.

He has re­turned to man­age his farm as a con­tract milker where he takes care of 220 cows.

One of his prizes in­cluded ac­count­ing ad­vice.

As well as be­ing recog­nised for his ef­forts, Hugh will cre­ate and op­er­ate a Young Farm­ers’ so­cial club in Toko­roa.

SKILLED: Waotu farmer Hugh Ed­ward’s hard work has been recog­nised af­ter he was awarded two pres­ti­gious agri­cul­tural awards.

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