Young farmers tested in grand final
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.