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When: 16 Feb - 6 Jul 2019

FMG Young Farmer of the Year 2019

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FMG Young Farmer of the Year is the ultimate rural challenge. It inspires excellence, showcases innovation and challenges contestants to push their limits.

For 50 years we have seen New Zealand’s top agricultural leaders fight it out for the much sought-after title. Among those finalists have been regional councillors, MPs, Nuffield scholars and industry leaders. In 2019 the 51st champion will be named and Ravensdown will round out its 33rd year of sponsorship.

Regional Finals 2019

The district finalists from seven regions across New Zealand have been chosen, and they will now battle it out in their respective regions to decide who will head to the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Napier and Hastings in July. Tickets are available now via the FMG Young Farmer of the Year website.

Otago/Southland

  • Milton – 16 February 2019
  • Practical Day Venue: Tokomairiro A&P Showgrounds
  • Evening Show Venue: Milton Coronation Hall

Aorangi

  • Oamaru – 23 February 2019
  • Practical Day Venue: Oamaru A&P Show
  • Evening Show Venue: The Loan & Merc

Tasman

  • Culverden – 2 March 2019
  • Practical Day Venue: Amuri Showgrounds
  • Evening Show Venue: Culverden School Showgrounds

Northern

  • Warkworth – 16 March 2019
  • Practical Day Venue: Warkworth A&P Showgrounds
  • Evening Show Venue: Warkworth Town Hall

Waikato/Bay of Plenty

  • Matamata – 23 March 2019
  • Practical Day Venue: Swap Park Matamata
  • Evening Show Venue: Matamata Racecourse

Taranaki/Manawatu

  • Whanganui – 6 April 2019
  • Practical Day Venue: Cooks Gardens
  • Evening Show Venue: Whanganui War Memorial Centre

East Coast

  • Dannevirke – 13 April 2019
  • Practical Day Venue: Pukemiro Station
  • Evening Show Venue: Dannevirke Town Hall

Ravensdown congratulates all the finalists and wishes them luck – especially Ravensdown Agri Manager Alex Knowles who will be battling it out in the Tasman Regional Final in Culverden!

FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final

  • When: Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July 2019
  • Where: Hawkes Bay (Napier and Hastings)

51st FMG Young Farmer Contest

The opening ceremony will be held at Napier Sound Shell from 3pm Thursday 4 July. On Friday 6 July the practical competition will commence at Hawkes Bay Showgrounds, Hastings from 7.30am – 3pm. This will be followed by the AgriKids and Junior Young Farmer of the Year Prizegiving and the FMG Young Farmer of the Year speeches and sponsors event at the Napier Municipal Theatre.

On Saturday 6 July the technical day will be held from 8am-2pm followed by the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Quiz and Evening show, to be held at the Rodney Green Centennial Event Centre, Napier.

Full details of the Grand Final are on the FMG Young Farmer of the Year website.

Posted Thursday, 20 December 2018