Farmers Apprentice 2016 bootcamp has been an intensive week of challenges and rewards, late nights and early starts, teamwork and stiff competition.

It pushed 10 young aspiring farmers to their limits and culminated in the announcement of the winner of the £25,000 apprenticeship.

Our 10 apprentices completed a diverse range of agricultural tasks, designed to draw on the wide range of skills needed to be a successful UK farmer in the 21st century.

The finalists created detailed cropping plans, used state-of-the-art technology to gain an insight into precision farming, worked hands-on with livestock and built marketing plans to pitch to the general public.

The week concluded with them delivering these plans to our panel of expert judges.

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Winner

Joe Weston © Richard Stanton

Joe Weston © Richard Stanton

The competition was fiercer than ever in 2016 and each of the finalists shone in different ways throughout the week, but ultimately there can only be one winner.

This year’s overall winner is 22-year old Joe Weston from Overton, North Yorkshire.

Joe has already started his £25,000-a-year Assistant Farm Manager apprenticeship with Farmcare Ltd; Farmers Weekly will be catching up with him over the next few weeks to see how he has been getting on.

On winning Farmers Apprentice 2016, he said “I have had the experience of a lifetime, without this week who knows where I would have been in 12 months’ time. Now I know exactly what I am doing, and it is going to be amazing.”

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