Wairarapa News : June 22nd 2011
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So come in and have a coffee with Jason or Edwin. We will always have time for you. 3800584AA 3768436AA 20 KEMPTON STREET, GREYTOWN PHONE 06 304 9611, FAX 06 304 8114 Best of luck to all Young Farmer finalists R E BROOKS LTD General Carriers Specialists for over 60 years. • Stock & Metal Cartage • Lime & Fertiliser Cartage & Spreading • GPS & Spreadmark Certified Gruelling time aheadin grandfinal ' The great thing about Young Farmers is it pushes people out of their comfort zone and encourages them to grow. ' Paul McGill Convenor Sage advice: A former Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final runner-up Paul McGill is the convener of this year's finals contest. Big opportunities await those on the ball during this year's National Bank Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final Contest, says convener Paul McGill. ''For those who are new to the Young Farmer grand final contest it's fair to say it is a big step up from the district and regional contests,'' says Mr McGill. ''It's much more intense, there is more pressure, but by the same token, there are more rewards for all involved. If you do well in this event it will set you up in your career.'' And Mr McGill should know. The recently appointed Wairarapa Federated Farmers president and former South Wairarapa Young Farmers chairman is a two-time grand finalist in the contest and Nuffield Scholar. As convener of this year's grand final, Mr McGill heads an experienced organising committee of 14 people in charge of overseeing the gruelling three-day grand final. This includes past and present Young Farmer members from across the East Coast region including former grand final finalist Mark Guscott, 2007 contest chairman Callum Thomsen, 1987 contest champion Leo Vollebregt and East Coast patron Vi Ross. ''The great thing about Young Farmers is it pushes people out of their comfort zone and encourages them to grow,'' says Mr McGill. ''It forces competitors to network with each other, industry representatives and sponsors and provides them with a knowledge base that covers all agricultural sectors.'' Mr McGill, who is the farm manager at Mayfield, a 380- hectare mixed cropping and lamb finishing farm on the outskirts of Masterton, joined the Wairarapa Young Farmers Club following his studies at Lincoln University. After working his way through the ranks, attending training courses, holding office, entering competitions and learning skills like public speaking, he finished fourth in the 2003 grand final and was awarded a $5000 travel grant through the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT). Mr McGill used the money to travel to Britain and Ireland to learn more about their farming systems. After spending time in the United States he returned to New Zealand and finished runner-up in the 2005 grand final, a feat he was thrilled with as it showcased his improvement across all areas, especially public speaking. ''Improved confidence and communication are two of the biggest benefits competitors will take from this competition and they are vital if you want to succeed -- in any sector.'' Now as convener Mr McGill admits he is looking forward to seeing which of the seven regional finalists will have the physical stamina, practical skills and diverse knowledge required to be crowned New Zealand Young Farmer of the Year. He says finalists will be judged on theoretical and technical challenges; practical skill challenges, including the crowd pleasing Agri-Sports contest, and a beat-the-buzzer style evening show which will be broadcast live on TVNZ 7 at 7.05pm and later in the evening on TV One. His advice to the seven finalists is simple. ''Time management is crucial. In the final, you're always going to be stretched for time so it will come down to the top two inches and one's ability to have put in the hard yards already in terms of fitness, training and preparation,'' he says. ''You will be under pressure so it's important to remember if you don't do so well in one area then simply put that behind you and move on to the next task.''
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