Charlie Ottrey was “pretty surprised and happy” when he found out his “West Otago Rams” team had won this year’s AgriKids competition.
The Blue Mountain College pupil, along with his teammates Dylan Young and Riley Hill, have succeeded where Dylan’s and Riley’s brothers also did in 2019.
Charlie said he enjoyed the opportunity to “learn things we wouldn’t have if we didn’t do it”.
They wouldn’t have done as well without the help of knowledgeable Blue Mountain College teacher Kirsten McIntyre, he said.
As part of their day-long test, the boys had to create a diorama of a safe and efficient farm, do an hour-long exam with a written essay and multiple-choice questions and deliver presentations over video link.
Three South Island AgriKids regional finals and the grand final were either cancelled or held online due to Covid-19 restrictions.
In Friday’s grand final, 21 teams completed a series of modules and tasks, as well as an exam.
The top five point-scoring teams then took part in a live online quiz.
“They were correctly answering questions that I didn’t even know the answers to,’’ competition organiser Lynda Coppersmith said.
‘‘It just goes to show how bright the future of agriculture is looking with so many children starting their interest, involvement and contribution in the sector at such a young age.”