Young gun Scott Loughridge won the Encouragement Award and a trip to New Zealand after his impressive performance at the Nationals.

Young gun Scott Loughridge won the Encouragement Award and a trip to New Zealand after his impressive performance at the Nationals.

POOWONG has produced yet another very talented ploughman.
Scott Loughridge recently came third in only his second state contest and went one better in the Nationals by taking second place in the Conventional section.
The two-day National contest was held at Warncoort, Birregurra near Colac.
There are three sections at the Nationals.
Conventional (two furrow plough), Reversible and Vintage.
The results of the conventional contest were: 1st Shaun Carson (Colac), 2nd Scott Loughridge (Poowong), 3rd Adrian Tilling (Poowong).
Scott also won the Encouragement award and also an exchange trip to New Zealand.
In the reversible section, Scott’s father Brett Loughridge also did well finishing in second place.
Brett was the winner in 2015, so he will be representing Australia in England
later this year.
The winner of the Vintage section was Bruce Lumsden from Porepunkah.
Three states competed in the contest: Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Victoria won the team’s prize easily taking out first, second and third in all sections.
Landline was also at the National ploughing contest for the entire day and at the presentation dinner filming for their Sunday program which is due to air this week.


Calling young farmers

YOUNG Victorian farmers are being urged to have their say on the support the government provides them.
The Help Shape Young Farmer Support survey has been instigated by the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC).
The survey is open until August 31 and the MAC is encouraging young farmers to complete the short, online questionnaire.
The Young Farmers MAC is made up of 10 passionate young agricultural practitioners who advise government about practical actions and opportunities to attract and retain young people in agriculture.
The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youngfarmersurvey