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.