Hereford breeder, banker vying for Young Farmer title
Arural banker who breeds Hereford cattle has joined the race to be the next FMG Young Farmer of the Year.
Sam Tipping, 25 - right, has clinched a spot in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Final after winning a qualifying event in Hamilton.
“I entered the district contest to benchmark myself. To come out on top was a bit of a surprise,” he said.
Sam is a Hamilton-based agribusiness partner with BNZ, a position he’s held since September last year.
In his spare time he runs Kamaro Herefords, a thriving beef stud which he established in Waitomo in late 2013.
“I’ve got about 30 breeding cows. Last year I started an artificial insemination programme to help fast-track the herd’s genetic gain,” he said.
The Hamilton City Young Farmers member is a former fencing contractor whose work took him to Fiji.
“I spent a month erecting fences on a research station. The humidity was a killer,” he laughed.
Sam took out a junior sheep judging title at Hawke’s Bay premier agricultural show last month, winning a trip to Perth.
“It’s awesome. I’m a cattle breeder who’ll be representing New Zealand in sheep judging,” he said.
Before then, Sam will compete in the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year in Matamata on March 23 next year.
The second-to-last Waikato/Bay of Plenty qualifying event was held in Piarere on Saturday and the last is this Saturday at Pokuru.