Eager to make it into the Young Farmer of the Year finals, more than 20 budding farmers have put their skills to the test.
TP Jones & Co Young Farmer of the Year Competition coordinator Peter Damen said this year's run offs were fierce, with only 12 making it to the finals.
"This year is the best numbers we have had in a long time," he said.
"I think a lot more people just wanted to come down and have a try."
Competitor Caitlin Radford, from Moriarty, said this was her first year entering the competition.
"It's a great opportunity. It's really good to encourage our young farmers because we are the next generation. We are the future of Tasmanian farming. I think it's great we are being encouraged," she said.
"I think this is wonderful. You come in, and you know people, and you leave knowing more people. It's great just learning new skills and making new friends."
She said the $45,000 prize pool also made the event a drawcard.
"I didn't come in with expectations too high. I'd love to make it through the top 12. But I just wanted to learn new things for my own farm."
Rural Youth state president Dale Hayers said there was a mix of Rural Youth and non-members.
"Everyone is having a red hot crack. They are all trying really hard. It's very competitive," he said.
"The event brings people together to test their skills and learn new skills, and that's what rural youth is all about."
The finals will be held at Quercus Park, Carrick on August 17.