Mum-to-be takes out Northern Young Farmer title

Northern FMG Young Farmer of the Year Lisa Kendall competing in the Head to Head race.
Northern FMG Young Farmer of the Year Lisa Kendall competing in the Head to Head race. Photo credit: Supplied

A mother-to-be has been named as the Northern FMG Young Farmer of the Year, while a new mum came in third place.

Lisa Kendall, 28, took out the fiercely-contested title while pregnant with her first child.

She has become the first person through to the grand final in Christchurch in July to compete for the title of FMG Young Farmer of the Year.

Kendall said it was an extremely tough competition. 

"A lot of the contestants had lots of experience in a lot of the tasks so it was really nerve-wracking, there were some pretty smart cookies in there and a lot of really diverse challenges," she said.

The mum-to-be currently works in a range of different roles as a Farmlands assistant business manager, Papakura sheep milker, business owner, agricultural contractor and personal trainer.

"It's difficult, I'm really busy but I'm very lucky to have a supportive family and supportive husband James, I don't do much of the housework," she said.

The three Northern Region winners.
The three Northern Region winners. Photo credit: Supplied

Over the weekend, the eight Northern regional finalists, selected from two district finals, were put through their paces in a series of gruelling challenges.

The contest is based around five strainers - innovation, technology, food, environment and people.

Ballance rural professional Calvin Ball was runner-up in second place and 50/50 share milker Kate Reed came third.

With a ten-month-old baby, Reed said the physical side of the contest was the hardest.

"I was a bit worried with chainsaws and building, things that I haven't done for quite a while," said Reed.

The other five contestants were Cameron Massie, Andrew Martin, Brant Julian, Matthew Harding and Ryan Morris.

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