by Chris Tobin
Geraldine High School pupils achieved success at the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Napier last Friday.
Jacob Price and Patrick Foley-Smith (both 17), were third in the prestigious event which was contested by 14 teams from throughout New Zealand.
They won the practical section of the competition.
Finn Beamish and Matthew Halford of Napier Boys’ High School won the event.
The pair came second in last year’s grand final in Invercargill and credited the experience for their victory.
The year 13 pupils took home $5000 worth of prizes.
Two other Napier Boys’ High School pupils, Guy von Dadelszen and Macabe King (both 16), took second place.
The event took place in cold and wet conditions and tested pupils’ practical skills and theoretical knowledge.
They had to install a farm water system using Hansen products, spot safety faults on a piece of agricultural machinery and sit a Massey University module on the sheep industry, which also proved challenging for contestants.
The award for competitor of the year went to Alex Fitzgerald, from Te Awamutu College.