Chair and Vice Chair to go Head to Head at Regionals

Posted by Riley Kennedy on 11 November 2019 | Comments

The FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest is heating up, after a competitive District Final in Fielding on Saturday. 

The Opiki Young Farmers Club proved too hard to beat, with chair Kurt Armstrong taking out the win and vice chair Courtney McCorkindale coming second. 

The duo will now go head to head at the Taranaki-Manawatu regional final in New Plymouth in March. 

Feilding sheep and beef farmer Kurt Armstrong, 25, says he's thrilled to finally take out a win. 

“I’ve competed in the district final three times now and never got to regional so it’s pretty awesome," Kurt says. 

It's also one of his first commitments as chair, having only recently been elected at the club's AGM. 

Land advisor for Te Tumu Paeroa, Courtney McCorkindale, was also elected as vice chair at the same time. 

She was originally born and bred in Southland on a sheep and deer farm.

“I’m really looking forward to the regional finals in the Taranaki,” Courtney says. 

The two will face of against 6 other people from around the Taranaki/Manawatu region for a place at the 2020 FMG Young Farmer of the year Grand final, held in Christchurch in 2020. 

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