(7 July/Rural Life)

22-year-old Auckland based James Robertson has been named the 51st Younger Farmer of the Year, making him the youngest in the competition’s history. James grew up on a 200-cow dairy farm in the Waikato but is now employed by Fonterra in its trade strategy team. Not only did Robertson take home a prize package worth $75,000 which includes a trip to Ireland, but he also won the FMG People’s Choice award to which he was awarded $1,000 to his Auckland Young Farmers club. Runner-up was awarded to 28-year-old Central Hawke’s Bay technical field representative Joseph Watts, and 24-year-old Waikato vet Emma Dangen awarded third.