Friday, 03 September 2021 11:55

FMG Young Farmer of the Year kicks off new season

Written by  Staff Reporters
2021 FMG Young Farmer of the Year winner Jake Jarman completing a practical challenge 2021 FMG Young Farmer of the Year winner Jake Jarman completing a practical challenge

The FMG Young Farmer of the Year 2022 contest will be kicking off on 9 October 2021 for the new season’s qualifying rounds.

This year, all New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) Club members are being challenged to enter to support their region’s volunteers, have a bit of fun and show their fellow Club members what they’re made of.

16 district contests will be held across the country over October and November to select eight of the best competitors in each of NZYF’s seven regions.

Seven Regional Finals will be held early next year, where the winner from each will proceed to the Grand Final to battle it out for the 2022 FMG Young Farmer of the Year title in Whangarei, in July.

District Contests are hosted by an NZYF Club and involve half a day of practical challenges.

A first-time competitor, 2021 FMG Young Farmer of the Year Jake Jarman says he initially signed up to the contest last year to give it a go.

“I saw it as a case of ‘I’ve got nothing to lose so I’ll get stuck in’ instead of being a spectator and watching all the other competitors have all the fun,” he said. 

The ANZ Relationship Associate won the Taranaki Manawatu Regional Final and represented the Region at the Grand Final in Christchurch in July, eventually bringing the title home. 

His advice to all NZYF members is to grab a mate, sign up for the district contest and challenge each other to see who will do better.

“Districts are a lot more low-key so the competition would be within all of our member’s skill sets and I’d encourage everyone to give it a go,” he says.

“You’re not going to embarrass yourself and if you don’t know about something you will get taught on the day so at least you walk away from the day having learnt something like I did,” Jarman says.

NZYF board chair Kent Weir says he would love to see more member participation in the district contests to support the clubs who volunteer their time and energy to convene the competition.

“This is the perfect time to enter yourself, your clubmates, your workmates and even your partners into the district contests to have a bit of fun and earn a cold one at the end of the day,” Weir says.

“It’s a good opportunity to not just test yourself and benchmark yourself against your peers, but a chance to meet new people, connect with the community, potentially learn a thing or two and get off the farm and socialise with others in the industry.”

FMG Young Farmer of the Year began in 1969 and showcases the best of the country’s agriculture, food and fibre sector.

The contest is supported by FMG, Ravensdown, WorkSafe, Honda, Lincoln University, Massey University, the Ministry for Primary Industries, BiosecurityNZ, New Holland, North and South Fuels, PTS Logistics and STIHL.

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