Held at the South Pacific Hotel in Auckland, the competition was open to all members of the Young Farmers’ Club.
The inaugural winner was Gary Fraser from Swannanoa, near Christchurch.
The contest has since become an established part of the farming calendar.
They compete at district and regional level to win the right to represent one of seven regions in the grand final.
The 2014 finalists competed for more than $300,000 worth of prizes with the winner, David Kidd from Shelly Beach, South Kaipara, scooping a prize package worth nearly $70,000.
By 2011 only two women had made it through to the grand final.
Denise Brown was a finalist in 1981, as was Louise Collingwood in 2003, when she was runner-up, and 2004, when she finished third.
Experimental data can be up-scaled to a particular block and farm level using OVERSEER.
This allows us to understand the likely implications at a farm level, to identify the environmental benefits and possibilities, and to identify knowledge gaps that require further understanding.
Using the OVERSEER model allows me to test new thinking on existing science principles so that we can progress our understanding of agricultural science.
The model can generate data sets that are not possible to measure but are valuable to progressing broader research and future research needs.
The grand final involves three days of physical and intellectual challenges that are designed to test the business skills of competitors as well as their ability to complete farming tasks.
The role of technology in modern farming has become an important feature of the competition.
The popularity of the event extends beyond the farming community and it is televised.