When my farmer came second in the Young Farmer of the Year contest he won a motorbike.
Some 30 years later the prize pool is worth more but the seriousness with which the contestants take the contest hasn’t changed.
And with good reason because the contest tests their intellectual and physical skills, public speaking, farming and general knowledge, personality and sense of humour.
One of the strengths of the contest is the way it moves around the country and involves the community which hosts it. Another is that it gives a taste of the physical and intellectual skills which modern farmign requires.