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Win-win . . . Cam Nicolson (front), chairman of the Winter Feed Crop Challenge and representative of Poolburn School, starts writing cheques for benefactors of this year's winter feed competition. Other representatives of groups to benefit are (from back left) Anna Gillespie, of Omakau School, Ralph Milne, of the Omakau Domain Board, and Nic McAtamney and Milly McAtamney (11), of Omakau School. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

The annual Winter Feed Crop Challenge is topping up the coffers of various Omakau area community groups to the tune of a combined $66,000.

Money was raised from an auction, hosted during the event’s prizegiving earlier this year, and was distributed to the various benefactors last week.

Half went to the Omakau Domain Board – for the town’s proposed community hub – and the remainder was distributed evenly between the Omakau and Poolburn schools and Omakau Earnscleugh Collie Club.

Representatives from each of those groups are on the Winter Feed Crop Challenge committee, an event which is one of their main fundraisers of the year.

The overall crop title went to Ben and Anna Gillespie for their fodder beet.

Omakau Domain Board representative Ralph Milne said the event had become increasingly competitive over the years, with farmers, suppliers and agronomists keen to earn boasting rights.

Winter Feed Competition chairman Cam Nicolson, who is also a representative of Poolburn School, said the event, which has been held over the past three years, would not have been possible without the support it received, particularly from sponsors.

“We are very appreciative,” he said.

He was also grateful to Scott Levings, of Rabobank, who had collated all the data received from the big weigh-in to determine the overall results.

A field day was also hosted as part of the event, at Denise and Mark Small’s property to showcase their crop of precision planting swedes.

Plans for next year’s Winter Feed Crop Challenge are now under way.

ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz