Federated Farmers Dairy and Meat & Fibre sections are sparring over the competition to design a Google 4 Doodle.
It started when Dairy Section chair Lachlan McKenzie issued a media release calling on people to vote for Molly Ploeg’s entry titled, ‘Moogle Google’:
“While more than a little biased, Federated Farmers Dairy gives Molly 10 out of 10 for her ‘Moogle Google’. We honestly believe this ought to win. . .
“Molly wants to be a dairy farmer when she grows up and is the kind of person we want to see enter our industry. The fact she attends an inner city school in Avondale is no barrier. . . “
Meat & Fibre chair Bruce Willis countered by encouraging people to vote for the sheep which feature in all four age-groups of the competition.
He reckons this shows sheep are an integral part of the New Zealand psyche.
“It’s actually inspirational that so many young New Zealanders when asked to define New Zealand show affinity for agriculture. . .
“For me this shows how sheep still stand as an icon for all New Zealand agriculture.
“Agriculture remains the backbone of the New Zealand economy and these entries tell me that it defines our identity as New Zealanders. That’s something to not just cherish, but to champion,” Mr Wills concluded.
The entries which feature sheep are:
And Olivier Bartolomei’s: