Wallace takes out young farmer title

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Sheep farmer Logan Wallace has taken out the 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year title following the culmination of the contest over the weekend.

The 28-year-old from South Otago took out the coveted title in front of a crowd of 1,000 people in Invercargill on Sunday evening. Wallace said he was ecstatic at the result.

“Being named the FMG Young Farmer of the Year has always been a dream of mine,” he said.

In addition to the overall title, Wallace placed first in the Agri-growth, Agri-skills and Agri-sports challenges.

The Waipahi sheep farmer, taking part in the competition for the second time, convincingly beat six other finalists after three days of gruelling competition.

Wallace runs 2,300 ewes on a 290 hectare farm, which he leases from his parents. The intensive sheep breeding and finishing property also carries 700 hoggets and 400 trading sheep.

Logan’s father, Ross Wallace, said they were immensely proud of Logan.

“He’s put his all into the contest. It’s something he’s wanted to do since he was a boy.”

Logan Wallace, a Clinton Young Farmers member, who has mild dyslexia, is heavily involved in his local community.

He leads a youth group and is a Land Search and Rescue member. “I used some of those search and rescue planning skills this week to ensure I didn’t waste any time,” he said.

The winner’s prize package includes a New Holland tractor, a Honda quad bike, cash, scholarships, equipment and clothing. The overall grand final prize pool was valued at more than $155,000.

The victory is made even more special because the contest, which began as a radio quiz in 1969, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “It’s pretty special that the grand finalist in the region hosting the 50th year managed to win the contest,” contest chairman, Dean Rabbidge said.

“I’m proud of the entire Otago/Southland region for pulling together to make this grand final week such a success.”

Second place went to Cameron Black, a Christchurch-based rural consultant for New Zealand Agri Brokers. Bay of Plenty contract milker, Josh Cozens, took out third place and the Agri-knowledge challenge.