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Fastest fencer: The inaugural Fairbrother Speed
Fencing competition is at Grasslandz 2014.
GRASSLANDZ 2014 will be the
location of a world-record-setting
event where fencers will go head to
head to become the fastest speed fencers in
The Fairbrother Industries Ltd Speed
Fencing Competition is a much-anticipated
event that will see teams of two competing
to see who can get 30 battens on a nine wire
fence in the fastest time.
Organisers of the competition, held over
the two-day Grasslandz event on January
30-31, hope to attract up to 45 teams of two
to compete for the world record. Pairs will
start at opposite ends of the line and meet
in the middle, with continuous judging and
notification of penalties as they go (for every
nine faults an extra batten must be added).
Once the world record is set, the intention
is that attempts will be made on it at the NZ
National Agricultural Fieldays 2014, and
possibly at other agricultural trade shows or
Fairbrother Industries sales manager
Ken Lawson says the idea for the compe-
tition came from a fencer who had competed
in the traditional competitions but was look-
ing for a short and sharp competition to
showcase his fencing skills.
Not everyone has several days to wait
around for their turn to compete, so we
decided a competition where competitors
come in and do their time without delay
would be great, Mr Lawson said.
It will be an opportunity for anyone to
show their hand at one part of the overall
skill of fencing.
It is hoped the event will attract young
farmers and fencing contractors who don t
enter formal fencing competitions.
The competition will provide a stepping
stone for anyone who wishes to take their
fencing skills further. This dynamic event
will be fun for both competitors and
spectators, Mr Lawson said.
He said Fairbrother Industries is proud to
sponsor the speed fencing challenge as fenc-
ing is an essential element of farming, and
the competition is a great opportunity for
people to showcase their skills.
All-comers aged 16 and over are welcome
to enter the free competition, and men and
women will compete as equals. Teams may
have a second attempt at the record if time
and space allow.
Prize money is $1,000 for first prize, $500
for second prize, $300 for third prize, and
$100 for fourth, fifth and sixth prize.
Wire for the event will be supplied by
Eurofence, and the first 20 entries to the
competition will get free entry to Grass-
landz. All competitors will receive a free
Interested teams can enter online at
call on 09 482 0866. All entries received by
January 24 will go into a random draw for
Fairbrother can provide hammers, safety
glasses, batten holders, knee pads and
staple pouches if required.
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in 1977 by the present owner James
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