Farm contest for students
The most tenacious young farmer in Waotu will be crowned when the inaugural contest begins next month.
The Very Young Farmers of the Year Competition will be held on October 17 and will coincide with Te Waotu School’s Giant Farm Auction and Calf Club Day.
Principal Bruce Darroch said it was open to every one of his students between the ages of 5 and 13.
There will be three different age categories – junior, middle and senior, with three trophies at stake.
‘‘We are hoping this will be the first of what will become an annual event.’’
Mr Darroch said each age group would have to complete a series of farm-based tasks such as setting up a reel and standards, using a back sprayer, loading and pushing a wheelbarrow.
‘‘Before finishing by pushing over a tower at the end of their lane to stop the clock, each event will be timed. I am anticipating the event will be very popular and each age race will need a final,’’ he said.
The winners will be presented with their trophies at the school Calf Club Day and Giant Farm Auction presentations the following day.
Last year more than $18,000 was raised during the auction.
MATE AGAINST MATE: Te Waotu School students Sam Bain and Sam Crosbie are two of the competitors who will vie for the Very Young Farmers of the Year Competition.