Tasman Region FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year and AgriKids Winners Announced

Posted by on 27 March 2021 | Comments

A duo from St Bede’s College have taken out the title for Tasman Region FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year 2021.


Thomas Whiting and Griff Westwood topped the points table for the regional competition. 


The contest for high school students in Teen Ag Clubs was held at Malvern A&P Showgrounds on Saturday, running alongside the TasmanFMG Young Farmer of the Year (FMG YFOTY) Regional Finals.

Griff and Thomas enjoyed a challenging day of modules that saw them put their teamwork to the test. The duo said they were ‘pretty proud’ to win the top spot and enjoyed the opportunity to get stuck in and give it a go.

“The quiz was probably the most challenging, mainly because of the pressure,” said Griff.

“Our teacher gave us some help with things to study and we took advantage of the material sent out to us beforehand as well. Using those tips along with the study really helped us but I think our teamwork is what pulled us through,” said Thomas.

The pair are looking forward to putting their best foot forward at the Grand Final in July and said they foresee a lot more study in their future to prepare.

Runner up FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year was awarded to Erin Humm and Amelia Ridgen from Christchurch Girls High School.

Runners up Erin and Amelia agreed that the best part of the day was getting amongst it and giving the competition a crack.

“There were some incredibly helpful people here today running modules and helping everyone along. It’s been a really great atmosphere,” said Amelia.

With a number of highlights from the day, the pair said they got the most out of the Biosecurity module.

Both teams have been invited to compete at the Grand Final in Christchurch in July which runs alongside the FMG YFOTY Grand Final.

Third place was taken out by Hamish Rooney and Ben O’Kane from St Bede’s meanwhile Hamish Paton received FMG Junior Young Farmer competitor of the day.

“Having the opportunity to do this sort of event is pretty neat in itself. It was great to give it a go and learn some things so we can come back next year and hopefully improve again,” said Hamish.

The AgriKids competition for primary school-aged children also ran alongside the teenage and senior contests. From obstacle courses to changing a tyre the competition was full of learning opportunities for the competitors and put their teamwork to the test.

A trio from North Loburn School were crowned the winners, made up byJohn Lundy, Cate Ambury and Regan Herlihy.

The trio excelled at the obstacle course race and feel pretty pleased with their win. They learned a lot about the seasonal goings on on-farm through the Beef + Lamb NZ module and are excited for the Grand Final in July.

Second place was awarded to Harry Glasson, Finn Fricker and Jack Phlip from Waikari School


In third, Jamie Oberholzer, Keygan Phlip, Skyla Rata-Smith also from Waikari School.

The top three teams have all been invited to the Grand Final in Christchurch in July where they will compete against 21 other teams from across the country.


About FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year:

Teen Ag Clubs in high schools across the country aim to introduce teenagers to the agriculture, food and fibre sector – from farming and growing, to fishing and horticulture and everything else in between.

Members can compete in teams of two in the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year contest in their region.

The pairs tackle eight theoretical and practical modules hosted by sponsors across a range of topics.

Modules in the past have included animal anatomy, fencing, meat cut I.D, gun safety, equine, agronomy, feed budgeting, chainsaw assembly and more.

The top five teams then head into “the face off”, a famous Young Farmer of the Year buzzer styled quiz where points are then added up and the winners decided.

14 FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year teams will battle it out for the national title in July, at the Grand Final.


About AgriKidsNZ Contest:

The AgriKids contest is open to all primary school-age students across the country where contestants compete in teams of three. 

They complete a series of modules hosted by sponsors on the day before the top seven teams head into the race off where they undertake a sequence of tasks in a time and points challenge.

Gumboot throwing, fencing, driving go-karts, sack racing and fitting chains on motorbikes are just some of the practical activities the teams have had to tackle in previous years.

Theoretical modules surrounding livestock breeding and genetics, farm safety and healthy soil have also been challenges for teams to wrap their brains around.