The Aorangi regional final was held at Methven A&P showgrounds last weekend, to find out who was going to the National Finals in the Manawatu on July 6th to 8th.
Spectators were treated to some great skills and activities on the day and a show in the evening. Congratulations go to Arjan Van’t Klooster who came out the winner, so he will be moving onto the Grand final consisting of a full-on two-day event including the practical day which includes all the hands on competition plus technical elements such as an interview and an HR challenge.
The finalists must also deliver a convincing speech on a topic specific to them.
The Glenavy Young Farmer performed well across all facets of the contest, but was lost for words when he won, saying, “It’s still sinking in. I really can’t believe it!”
The event wasn’t just for the Young Farmer of the Year, but running along side it were the AgriKidsNZ (8-13yrs) and TeenAg competitions. These two orgnaisations under the umbrella of Young Farmers, aim to introduce and promote a positive picture about agriculture and agricultural careers from an early age. The goal is to show the stimulating and fun side of agriculture to students from all walks of life, you don’t need to be off a farm, you just need to have a love of the land and be keen to get your hands dirty.
The Red Foxes, (Lucy Reeve, Rachel Keith & Genna Oates, all aged 10) and G G Girls, (Sarah Reeve, Emma Armour & Jordan Oates, all aged 8) were certainly doing that, as were the Methven Moos.
AgriKids in Methven
On Saturday 25th of February, Cody, Stanley and I went to the AgriKids Competition. We were team ‘Methven Moos’ and one of 32 teams competing at the Aorangi Regional Finals. We were in the first group to compete.
The activities we had to do were fun. We had to pretend to drench a sheep, match plants to their names, put together a bridle, identify types of milk, put together a beehive, identify tools and farm machinery using kids toys, build a gate, match photos of plants to the seeds and vegetables they produced and take a soil sample. My teacher from school, Miss Deans was there, and another teacher, Miss Laing were assessing the bridle test.
James, age 9.
I came across the Geraldine High School team in the shearing shed and they were up against High Schools from across the region in the TeenAg competition, including our own Mount Hutt College.
Out of five MHC teams, Jack Taggart and Joe Todhunter came in third overall so will be attending the finals. Well done!!