FORGET the Bledisloe Cup: Australian rural bachelors are being challenged by their Kiwi cousins.
Trans-Tasman rivalry takes an unexpected turn this June as three Australian young farmers venture across the ditch in pursuit of the prestigious Fieldays 2013 Rural Bachelor of the Year title.
Future Farmers Network (FFN) board director Dan Korff joins the Australian team of NSW horticulturalist, Andrew Blake and Victorian third generation mixed farmer, Sam Trethewey.
Dan, a softly spoken merino stud manager, would start his ideal date with a nice long lunch, followed by a stroll through a paddock, and then perhaps leading on to an early evening movie.
However, this traditional romantic sees the competition through your typical farmer’s eye, with the trip seen as an opportunity to learn and gather new information from similar New Zealand farmers.
“Every Australian takes the opportunity to represent their country seriously, especially when the competition is against our cousins across the ditch,” Dan said.
“While it would be an honour to bring the title back to Australia, the real motivation for participating is the sharing of knowledge, skills and information between countries.”
To have any hope of claiming the silverware, Dan will need to rely on more than his natural his charm and charisma. Instead use his extensive sheep husbandry knowledge, farm management experience, stock handling and farm machinery skills to remain competitive.
“We have a great opportunity to show off what wonderful innovators and strategic thinkers Australian farmers, as well as work collaboratively with another country to positively lift the profile of agriculture.“
“Excitingly the Bachelor competition engages a wider audience than those attending the Fieldays; especially given we are required to tweet, blog and post about our adventure.”
Dan will compete against five other New Zealander farmers all hoping to walk away with the title. Follow Dan’s adventure on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FieldaysDan and Twitter @FieldaysDan.
As the only national youth agricultural network in Australia, FFN is committed to providing a national platform that supports those aged 18 – 35 pursuing a career in the agricultural industry.
To become a member of the vibrant network or to get some more information on our initiatives and projects visit www.futurefarmers.com.au or contact executive officer Annabelle Woods via email@example.com
Look out for Sam Trethewey's new blog - Think clearly, get muddy - starting online on Tuesday June 4.