28 Feb 2014

Otago-Southland region's Young Farmer announced

11:00 am on 28 February 2014

The winner of this year's Otago-Southland young farmer competition, Dean Rabbidge, says he'll be doing his homework in the build-up to the national finals.

Dean Rabbidge.

Dean Rabbidge. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Mr Rabbidge puts his win down to performing consistently across the technical, practical and agri-sports events - before finishing strongly in the speech and quiz events.

He says he'll be trawling through media reports before the national final so he's up to speed with current affairs - when he gets a break from the farm, that is.

Mr Rabbidge says he's currently working on a family farm that has 300 hectares of sheep and beef and dairy support. He says 90 percent of his time is spent on the dairy farm, but he also enjoys working with sheep.

It's the second time he has won the regional final and this year, he says, will be his last chance to win the national title.