Young farmer Ian Douglas achieved first place in the Upper North district final of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest on October 27 at the Kaikohe Showgrounds.
Ian, runner-up Benson Horsford, Charlotte Barr, Jaime Lang and Anna Simpson will now go on to compete in the northern regional final to be held in Whangarei on February 9.
Eight contestants will battle it out at regional level for a place in the grand final of New Zealand's premiere agricultural competition and a chance to win more than $100,000 in prizes.
Ian proved he was worthy of a place in this year's regional final by attaining a high score throughout the 14 modules completed.
Modules consisted of an interview, general knowledge, gun knowledge and safety, fencing, dairy, chainsaw, vet, sheep, engineering, effluent, tractor, horse, first aid and quad operation.
Ian finished with 1120 points ahead of Benson Horsford on 1029 points and Chev Rosandich on 1014 points.
If you'd like to know more about joining the Bay of Islands Young Farmers Club phone chairwoman Anna Simpson on 027 350 5359 or turn up to a monthly meeting which is held every fourth Thursday of the month at Ohaeawai Hotel at 7pm.
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