Kiwis do us proud at World Young Shepherd’s Challenge

Left to right are: Martin Coup, Mitchel Hoare and Katey Craig.
Left to right are: Martin Coup, Mitchel Hoare and Katey Craig.

Belated congratulations go to young Kiwi shepherds Mitchel Hoare and Katey Craig, both winners at the second World Young Shepherd’s Challenge.

The two-day challenge took place in Auvergne, France earlier this month, where Hoare and Craig competed against shepherds from 15 other countries in an international test of sheep farming skills.

Nineteen-year-old Hoare, a senior cadet at Waipaoa Station, won first place in the under-22 age group, bagging a €1,500 cheque for his efforts.

Hunterville-based Craig, 21, a junior shepherd at Otiwhiti Station, was ranked best female competitor overall.

The pair were accompanied to France by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Farmer Council national chair, Martin Coup.

B+LNZ hosted the inaugural World Young Shepherds Challenge in 2011. The competition aims to foster professional development in the next generation of sheep farmers, build strong relationships between the sheep production sectors in each of the countries, and showcase the talent and careers in the sector.

Material supplied by B+LNZ Ltd.

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