Bull calf fundraiser helps the next generation of farmers

Central Taranaki Young Farmers member Matthew Herbert.
Central Taranaki Young Farmers member Matthew Herbert. Photo credit: Supplied

Farmers in Taranaki and Manawatu are being encouraged to put their skills to the test to see who can rear the heaviest bull calf.

NZ Young Farmers is holding its annual bull calf competition again, with a substantial prize pool.

The event is a major fundraiser for NZ Young Farmers clubs in the Taranaki/Manawatu region.

Matthew Herbert, who's a 50:50 sharemilker in Manaia, has already picked the bull calf he's going to rear.

"Most of our calves have been Jersey or Crossbred this year, so I've kept the only Friesian bull we've had," he said.

Marton Young Farmers member Lachlan Fee.
Marton Young Farmers member Lachlan Fee. Photo credit: Supplied

"The competition is a fantastic way to support the next generation of farmers."

The bull calf competition was last run in 2017, where it raised more than $10,000, however, wasn't held last year due to the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak.

Farmers keen to rear a Friesian bull calf (F12+) until weaning must register by August 15th.

The first 40 calves donated will get a free bag of meal from NRM to assist with rearing the calf.

"The calf has to be born between July 27th and August 20th this year," said the chair of NZYF's Taranaki/Manawatu region Jessie Waite.

"We're hoping to have around 50 calves donated."

"The weigh-in will be on November 24th, when all the donated calves will be sold to a single buyer on contract," she said.

Cooks Honda Hawera had come on board to give farmers another incentive to enter.

"The main prize is a Honda two-wheeler motorbike bike valued at $4500," said Waite.

The Taranaki/Manawatu region stretches from Urenui in north Taranaki, down to Wellington.

Farmers can enter via the Taranaki/Manawatu Region Young Farmers Facebook page or by contacting their local club.