Farm con­test for students

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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