Clunes young farmers are the best in the state, after winning this year’s Young Farmer Challenge.
Team captain Mitchell Hepburn led teammates Matt Reeves, Laura Ross, Darcie Seers and Hettie Davidson to victory on the state’s biggest farming stage.
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria competition celebrates excellence in farming and recognises the next generation of farmers.
The competition took place on the opening night of the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show in front of a captivated audience.
Teams of four farmers aged 16 to 30, raced against the clock to complete a series of challenges to demonstrate the breadth of technical skills used by farmers in everyday field activities, including stacking hay, leading an alpaca and erecting a portable fence.
RASV chief Mark O’Sullivan said the competition recognises the importance of young farmers.
“Congratulations to the winning team representing Clunes, who have displayed an incredible array of skills in a competition that showcases and celebrates the modern day farmer.”