Young farmer of the year betters dad's efforts

TONY BENNY
Last updated 06:00 07/07/2014
Young Farmer of the Year winner David Kidd is congratulated by his wife Janine.
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TOP YOUNG FARMER: Young Farmer of the Year winner David Kidd is congratulated by his wife Janine.

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The winner of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest 2014 grand final David Kidd made history by being the first winner to come from the Northern region in the competition's 46 year history.

Kidd topped his father Richard's achievement of coming third in the 1984 final and confessed he'd likely give dad some cheek about their respective finishes.

''Let's set this as the benchmark for the northern region's competitor and let's start a dynasty of northern region chalking up some bolds on the back of that Grand Final programme,'' Kidd said after the televised final in Christchurch's SBS Arena.

With the other six regional finalists Kidd spent Thursday and Friday competing on and off the farm. They had to make a market innovation presentation, sit a written exam, be interviewed, face an HR challenge and give a speech. On-farm competition included hanging gates, cutting up a lamb carcass, welding and splitting firewood.

On Saturday night they fought out final spot in a televised quick fire farm and general knowledge quiz show with the winner not decided until late in the final round. Kidd won by just two points over Tasman's Reuben Carter. Dean Rabbidge of Otago/Southland was third.

Kidd has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture and  manages, and in a partner in, a beef breeding and finishing farm at Shelley Beach on the South Kaipara Head Peninsula.

Kidd, who won $68,700 in prizes, including cash, agricultural products and entry into the Kellogg's Rural Programme thanked the sponsors.

''I'd be lying to you if I didn't say that it's the prizes that excite you as much as anything else when you start looking at the opportunities through the contest.''

And he promised his new wife Janine she'd finally get a honeymoon after the months he'd spent competing in the regional contest and then preparing for the grand final.

''I will throw out all the notes now and we can get back to the old times. We'll sit on the couch and watch a bit of TV – I may even watch the Kardashians once or twice.''

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