Young farmers tested in grand final

TONY BENNY
Last updated 20:05 04/07/2014
Young Farmer of the Year
TONY BENNY/ NZ Farmer
SPARKING: Contestants had to cut a logo into a steel sheet with a blow torch as part of the grand final.

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Welding skills, practical agriculture and speech-making are among a range of skills being tested on contestants in the Young Farmer of the Year grand final.

Finalist Dean Rabbidge was among the hopefuls to cut a Silver Ferns Farms logo from a sheet of steel with a gas torch, one of a series of challenges in the farm-skills sprint Agri-Sports event at Lincoln University farm this afternoon. 

Ten grand-finalists, all winners of regional contests, spent Thursday facing an intensive inquisition where they had to make a market innovation presentation, sit a written exam, be interviewed by a panel and do an HR challenge. 

On Friday they were tested on practical agriculture and tonight were judged on their speech-making 

On Saturday night there’ll be a televised quiz show testing agricultural and general knowledge which will climax with the naming of the 46th Young Farmer of the Year. 

The 2014 Grand Finalists are: Reuben Carter (Tasman), Dwayne Cowin (Waikato/Bay of Plenty) David Kidd (Northern), Sully Alsop (East Coast), Brad Lewis (Taranaki/Manawatu), Dean Rabbidge (Otago/Southland) and James Davidson (Aorangi). 

The grand-final, held at Christchurch’s CBS Arena will be shown on TV1 at 11.30 on Saturday night.

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