Young farmers used to have a recruitment slogan you don’t have to be one to be one.
It was aimed at attracting people who weren’t farmers but would enjoy and contribute to the organisation.
I don’t think they use the slogan any more but the winner of this year’s National Bank Young Farmer contest, Michael Lilley, is proof it still applies.
He’s a rural vet, though he grew up on a farm and hopes to combine his vet work with farming in the future.
He’s not only an example you don’t have to be a farmer to be in Young Farmers, but also that farming by itself isn’t the only road to farming.
Some people use dairying to save enough to invest in another business and some like Michael, use another career to help them into farming.
RivettingKate Taylor has more on the contest here.