[15 February/NZ Farmer]

The Rural Bachelor contest has undergone some changes, and will now be open to both male and female contestants. The contest has been renamed as the Fieldays Rural Catch of the Year. The Fieldays theme this year is the future of farming, so they felt that since females are doing the same thing as the males, they should be allowed to compete. The contest gives participants a chance to have a break off the farm and meet other people. To participate in this competition, contestants must be New Zealand or Australian residents, aged 21 or over and employed in the agricultural industry. The competition will take place from the first day of Fieldays on 13 June, and a prize pool worth more than $20,000 is at stake.