Farming students get opportunities through new club

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara

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It is a way for them to engage more with the farming community.

A new Young Farmers Club was launched in Cromwell earlier this week and it has seven members.

The Central Campus Young Farmers Club is based at the Otago Polytechnic campus in Cromwell, for students involved in the high country farming course, although other students are welcome to join.

Polytechnic agricultural lecturer Roger Williams, who is aided by 10-month-old heading/huntaway dog Lass, said he and Young Farmers South Island area manager Bridget Joicey had discussed establishing the new club for students late last year and again earlier this year.

“It is a way for them to engage more with the farming community,” Mr Williams said.

The first official meeting was held on Monday and office bearers were elected.

Janaya Anderton is chairwoman, while Megan Hilton is secretary, Erika Johnstone is vice-chairwoman, and Evelyne Buehlmane is treasurer.

Mrs Joicey said members would have contact with other clubs including Tarras and Upper Manuherikia, as well as taking part in skills and training days, district and regional competitions, and other events in addition to helping out at the Tarras club’s dog trials.

They had also expressed an interest in seeing the inside of a stock truck.

Mr Williams said the course ran from February to November, but once the students had graduated they would be able to join clubs in areas where they got jobs.

He would like to hear from anyone who could provide work experience opportunities for the students.

This year’s regional Young Farmer of the Year final is at Riverton on April 4.