Young Farmers go digital

Posted by on 19 May 2010 | Comments

The National Bank Young Farmer Contest is going digital – its regional finals and their winners will be starring on TVNZ 6 over the next two months.

On Grand Final night, Country Calendar at 7pm on TVNZ will be a Contest special, followed by a live screening of the Grand Final on TVNZ 6.

Coverage of each Regional Final (held in March and April) and their winners will be screened in the weeks leading up to the Grand Final – starting with the East Coast on May 25, followed by Northern on June 1, Waikato/Bay of Plenty on June 8, Taranaki/Manawatu on June 15, Otago/Southland on June 22, Aorangi on June 29 and Tasman on July 6. 

The coverage will show each winner competing in their respective final and then at home and at work.

First up on May 25 will be Woodville sheep and beef farmer Angus Brown from Ballance Young Farmers, who won his the East Coast Regional Final in Dannevirke.

Titoki beef farmer James Donaldson, a member of Whangarei Young Farmers, won his Northern Regional Final in Whangarei and will be on TVNZ 6 on June 1. 

Otorohanga self-employed farm consultant Sam Williams from Northern King Country YF will star with the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Final coverage from Te Kuiti on June 8.

The following week will be the chance for Rongotea sharemilker and AI technician Chris Will from Marton YF to show his skills from the Taranaki/Manawatu Regional Final that was held in Levin.

Middlemarch will be the focus of the programme on June 22 as the hometown favourite for Gore’s Grand Final is introduced – sheep, beef and arable farm worker Pete Gardyne from Waitane Young Farmers.

The Aorangi Regional Final and Cave sheep and beef farmer Andrew Scott from Mackenzie Young Farmers will feature on June 29 followed by Tasman and agricultural consultant Grant McNaughton from Dunsandel Young Farmers on July 6.

New Zealand Young Farmers CEO Richard Fitzgerald says the coverage will allow people at home to become more personally involved with each of the contestants...“to pick their favourite or support their local person and follow them on their journey from their farm gate to the night where they have the chance to become the new Young Farmer of the Year”.

TVNZ 6 publicist Juliana Kluts says they’re happy to be involved.

“TVNZ 6 seeks involvement with organisations that have a similar interest to ours in creating genuine value for New Zealanders, and we feel we’re in very good company here with Contest.

“At TVNZ 6 we’re also excited that the Road To The Young Farmer Final will grow our awareness amongst rural New Zealanders. We’re all about the family unit with our channel and realise family in the farming trade is vital to the success of New Zealand’s young farmers. More than any other industry ‘the family’ is heavily involved on a day to day basis in farming, so no more perfect place for New Zealand families to get to know this year’s final seven Young Farmer contestants than with TVNZ 6.”