4 Jul 2011

Canterbury dairy farm manager wins Young Farmer award

8:00 am on 4 July 2011

A 25-year-old Canterbury dairy farm manager showed plenty of willpower to win the national Young Farmer contest at the weekend.

Will Grayling manages a 1600 cow dairy farm in the Ashburton area.

He has a Masters of Applied Science from Lincoln University and was a first time contestant in the grand final.

Mr Grayling persevered over three days of gruelling technical and practical competition in the grand final in Masterton.

He held off a late challenge by Tim van de Molen from Waikato - Bay of Plenty in the final question round on Saturday evening to win the contest - and its $62,000 prize package - by just seven points.