|Young Farmer Competition|
Lincoln University alumni once again featured prominently in the Grand Final of the prestigious ANZ Young Farmer Contest, taking out second and third place with Lincoln graduate Reuben Carter being pipped for the top spot by just two points! The Grand Final was held in Christchurch this year over 3-5 July.
The official opening was in the Lincoln University Library at 4.30pm on Thursday 3 July, followed by the Chairman’s Awards Dinner of the New Zealand Young Farmer organisation in Te Kete Ika at 6.15pm.
The Practical Day was held at Lincoln University on the corner of Farm and Weedons Roads on Friday 4 July, and the whole event led up to the Grand Final Evening Show and Ball and final judging round in the CBS Arena, Addington, on Saturday night 5 July.
Four of the seven 2014 grand finalists were Lincoln University alumni - Dean Rabbidge, representing Otago/Southland; James Davidson, Aorangi; Reuben Carter, Tasman; and Brad Lewis, Taranaki/Manawatu. Reuben was placed second, and also won the Ravensdown Agri-Skills Challenge, while Dean placed third. James was the youngest finalist at 25 years of age, and won the Silver Fern Farms Agri-Sports Challenge. Massey graduate David Kidd, representing the Northern Region, was the 2014 Grand Final winner.
Lincoln University alumni have a strong track record of winning or achieving podium placings in this contest, the richest farming event in the country in terms of prize money. Over half of the winners since the start of the contest over 40 years ago have been Lincoln University alumni.