History made as Canterbury woman qualifies for FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final

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A North Canterbury shepherd has made history after qualifying for the prestigious FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final.

Georgie Lindsay, 23, won the fiercely-contested Tasman regional final in Culverden last night, beating seven other contestants.

She’s the first woman from the sprawling region to make it through to the grand final in the contest’s 51-year history.

“It’s a big shock,” said Georgie, after making her way to the stage through a cheering crowd.

“I’ve had a lot of support in the lead-up to this event, especially from my family and my employers.”

“My support crew would be too large to fit on stage with me,” she told contest host Te Radar.

Tasman FMG Young Farmer of the Year Georgie Lindsay.The event saw finalists from Golden Bay, Westport and across Canterbury tackle a series of gruelling modules, including a fast-paced agri-knowledge quiz. 

It was Georgie’s first time competing in a regional final.

“It was definitely a challenging competition that put us all under a lot of pressure, which was awesome,” she said.

The prestigious contest has undergone a major overhaul since marking its 50th anniversary in Invercargill last year. 

“We’re now showcasing all aspects of what it means to be a modern food producer,” said Te Radar. 

Georgie’s win netted her $12,000 worth of prizes, including an XR150 Honda farm bike. She also picked up the innovation award.

The Amuri Basin Young Farmers member is a shepherd at Marble Point Station south of Hanmer Springs.

The property is 2400 hectares and runs 3600 ewes and 380 Angus breeding cows, plus heifers.

Georgie grew up on a sheep, beef and deer farm in Dipton and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) from Lincoln University.

Jonny Brown, 28, who is an assistant manager on a 1000 cow dairy farm at Rakaia came second.

He was named the most tech-savvy contestant and picked up the prize for outstanding leadership.

Alex Knowles, 26, who’s an agri manager for Ravensdown, placed third and won the award for championing environmental best practice.

Lincoln University student Peter O’Connor, 20, who’s from Westport, picked up the award for showcasing food production.

Georgie Lindsay is one of only five woman nationally to ever qualify for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final.

This year’s grand final is in Hawke’s Bay in July.

The Young Farmer of the Year is an iconic contest which began in 1969 and showcases the country’s agri-food sector. 

The contest is supported by FMG, Ravensdown, Honda, WorkSafe, Zero Harm Farm, STIHL, Lincoln University, Massey University, Southfuels, Northfuels, Betacraft and New Holland. 

 

Tasman regional final results: 

1st  Georgie Lindsay

2nd Jonny Brown

3rd  Alex Knowles

 

Innovation Award: Georgie Lindsay

People Award: Jonny Brown

Food Award: Peter O’Connor

Environment Award: Alex Knowles

Technology Award: Jonny Brown