A big pat on the back this morning for a couple who live and work just up the road, about 10 minutes or so, from the greatest little electorate in New Zealand, which is Eketahuna North.
Cam Brown has become the Manawatu’s Young Farmer of the Year, one of seven regional contest winners who will fight it out to be top dog in the grand final.
He manages a dairy farm at Hukanui. .
Cam Brown and his wife, Anna, are lower-order sharemilkers from Hukanui, which is halfway between Pahiatua and Eketahuna.
Mr Brown took first place in the regional final, in a closely fought contest with the eventual runner-up, James Christensen.
The Browns farm 460 milking cows. They have 200 young stock and 50 carry-over cows. It is a self-contained enterprise on the property.
Reporter Jill Galloway was curiously effusive in her scribblings for the Manawatu Standard –
Something of a perfectionist, Mr Brown has good-looking cows. The farm dog, Muess (pronounced Moose) and the pet dog, Sioux, also look great.
The Browns have two full-time workers on the property.
Alf is bound to say he would not know a good-looking cow from an ugly one.
Mr Brown will soon start to prepare for the Young Farmers contest grand final, which is in Masterton from June 29 to July 2.