Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | October 3, 2012

Big change for the Young Farmer Contest

First it was Skellerup, then WestpacTrust, Wrightson AGMARDT and The National Bank Young Farmer Contest.

There are still many old Young Farmers out there who still simply call the contest “Skellerup”!

But all good things change, improve and evolve and so the black horse has bolted and the green of The National Bank becomes the blue of ANZ.

This taken from a Young Farmers press release today:

The Ultimate Rural Challenge will now we brought to you by the colour blue, as the ANZ brand replaces The National Bank brand as the principal sponsor of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest. The news was announced at an official launch in Christchurch attended by Contest Patron Warwick Scott, Contest Officials, sponsors and past winners. ANZ has sponsored the Young Farmer Contest since 2003 through its National Bank brand. A recent decision to bring the ANZ and National Bank brands together under ANZ means that the competition title will change. But Graham Turley, Managing Director, Commercial and Agri for ANZ, pointed out that its support of the Contest would not change.

“We have been proud to be a part of this Contest for nearly a decade and we are excited that this is continuing.”

The first of the 23 District Finals took place in Christchurch on Saturday 29th September and place getters from these events will progress to one of seven Regional Finals held throughout the country from February to April.  The Grand Final will be held in Auckland from May 15th – May 18th.

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