Big week for young farmer

by Mike Isle

Last week was a whopper of a week for local young farmer Vanessa Robinson.

Not only did the 24-year-old take out the award for highest-ranked female at last week’s Tasman round of the FMG Young Farmers competition, she was also elected chair of the Tasman branch of New Zealand Young Farmers. Vanessa, who along with partner Martin Bates, contract milk on a 140 hectare farm in Charing Cross, said she was thrilled to have participated in the regional final of the competition and even more pleased with the award.

“I’m excited to have participated. It was what I was aiming for,” she said.

“The competition was pretty intense out there and a lot of experience in the field.” Vanessa said she enjoyed the quiz segment of competition most, and believes that is where she excelled.

“It was pretty technical and quite hard for me as a first-timer to the competition, so I was stoked to get through it. And I want to thank everyone who helped me to get to the regional final.”

However, Vanessa’s big week was far from finished. On the Sunday, following her Tuesday regional final, she was elected chair of the Tasman branch of New Zealand Young Farmers.

“It’s been pretty full on these days” she said.