Waimate farmers to take part in world competition

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Two Waimate young farmers are heading to Lincoln in July to compete in the preliminary round of the World Young Shepherds’ Challenge.

Eight entrants will compete for two positions representing New Zealand at the final in France from September 28-October 4.

“The World Young Shepherds’ Challenge is a fantastic event showcasing a vital industry and a range of young people from around the globe who have a major contribution to make to the international sheep industry,” said Beef+Lamb New Zealand chief executive, Dr Scott Champion.

Young Farmers members from across New Zealand applied for a chance to compete at Lincoln and the top eight young men and women were chosen based on their skills, qualifications and involvement in the sheep industry.

Harriet Gardner, 20, works on her family’s sheep and beef farm in Waimate. She is a competitive horse rider, involved with stock judging and belongs to the Glenavy Club. Harriet has been the recipient of a number of scholarships and industry awards.

Alex Reekers, 23, works as a stockman in Waimate and won this year’s Aorangi Young Farmers Regional Fencing Competition. He is the vice-chair of the Glenavy Club and belongs to the Waimate Sheep Dog Trial Club.