Senwes Scenario June / July 2017 - Page 11

••• • • N E W S • • Johan and his wife Juanita with the proof that he is the Free State Young Farmer of the Year for 2017. Free State Young Farmer of the Year for 2017 Johan van Huyssteen JOHAN VAN HUYSSTEEN IS THE RECENTLY CROWNED 2017 FREE STATE YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR. AND WHAT'S MORE, HE IS A SENWES CUSTOMER TO THE BACKBONE. SENWES SCENARIO VISITED THIS DYNAM- IC PRODUCER ON THE FARM BLOEKOM, BETWEEN VIRGINIA AND THEUNISSEN IN THE FREE STATE. T he first reaction of the 36-year old when he won the title, was surprise. “The other finalists were very good. When I watched their videos, I was in some doubt.” When his name was read, he was overwhelmed and grateful. The bearded Johan has been farming for 14 years, since 2003, with his father (also Johan) and for him it was a case of first time lucky! The only other competition which he entered was in 2012, when he entered the Grain SA’s Grain Producer of the Year com­ peti