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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

Dunstan Hospital will benefit from funds raised from kale, fodder beet and swedes, with money going towards a new defibrillator.

Farmers in the Manuherikia, Ida Valley and surrounding areas are being encouraged to enter their crops in this year’s Rabobank Central Otago Winterfeed competition.

Entries close at the end of the month.

This year’s competition is again being organised by the Omakau-Earnscleugh Collie Club, and the Omakau and Poolburn schools’ Home and School committees.

Collie club chairman Paul McCarthy said the inaugural competition last year attracted about 80 entries and raised about $70,000, of which $35,000 went to the Omakau Volunteer Fire Brigade’s first response teams to buy a new defibrillator and monitor unit.

The balance was divided between the three organising organisations.

“This year we are going to give half the proceeds to Dunstan Hospital for a defibrillator,” Mr McCarthy said.

“The three organisations will also get a portion.”

He said they received significant support from the community and businesses as the money raised went to the schools and the clubs.

The sections include irrigated fodder beet, dryland and irrigated kale, turnips, swedes, rape and mixed crop.

Farmers can enter their first crop for $60 and subsequent crops for $40.

“They don’t even need to have a crop to enter, just pay the $60,” he said.

The entry fee buys them two tickets to the two-course meal, prizegiving and auction at the Alexandra District Club on May 25.

Fellow organiser Barry Murphy said sponsors and businesses donated goods and services, plus he had also sourced a Rail Trail package and a golf package for the auction

Judging will take place early next month. Three samples from each paddock will be taken to determine dry matter content, according to accepted industry protocols.

Results will be measured in kilograms of dry matter per hectare.

Once the category winners were announced, a field day on the winning properties would be organised.