Georgie Lindsay with her partner Sam Harrison

Shepherd makes history

by Ann van Engelen

Georgie Lindsay, a Canterbury shepherd has made history after qualifying for the prestigious FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final.

The 23-year-old from Tasman beat seven other contestants and is the first woman from the region to make it through to the grand final in the contest’s 51-year history. She also picked up the innovation award.

“It is a big shock — I have had a lot of support in the lead-up to this event, especially from my family and my employers,” said Georgie.

It was her first time competing in a regional final that saw finalists from Golden Bay, Westport and across Canterbury tackle a series of gruelling modules, including a fast-paced agri-knowledge quiz.

“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 are now showcasing all aspects of what it means to be a modern food producer,” said event host Te Radar. Georgie is a shepherd at Marble Point Station, a 2,400 hectare property running 3,600 ewes and 380 Angus breeding cows, plus heifers. She grew up on a sheep, beef and deer farm and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) from Lincoln University and is one of only five woman nationally to ever qualify for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final which will be held in Hawke’s Bay in July.