Here­ford breeder, banker vy­ing for Young Farmer ti­tle

Waipa Post - - The Country -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.