Local shepherd in Young Farmer final
by Mike Isle
West Melton shepherd Georgie Lindsay will make history in July when she becomes the first woman to represent the Tasman region at the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final.
In March, Georgie was already in the history books when she became the first woman to win the Tasman regional final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year.
Georgie, who has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) from Lincoln University, grew up on a sheep, beef and deer farm in Dipton.
At the time of her regional win, she was working at Marble Point Station, a 2,400-hectare property between Hanmer Springs and Culverden, owned by Matt and Sarah Black.
She got that job by picking up the phone.
“I heard through the grapevine Matt was looking for a shepherd, so I gave him a call,” she said. “I came for a drive around the farm, and it kind of just went from there.”
“I don’t like applying for jobs and Matt didn’t really want to interview people, so it worked out pretty well,” she laughed.
The property is run as an equity partnership between Matt and Sarah and West Melton brothers Robin and Gavin Wilson.
“The Wilsons are Corriedale stud breeders who bought Marble Point Station and a dairy farm in Hinds and brought young farmers into both businesses as equity partners,” Georgie said.
“There’s a real sense of selflessness in their actions.”
Looking ahead, Georgie is doing casual shepherding while she prepares for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final. “I entered the contest to learn and grow my skills, so it’s been an exciting few months,” she said.
“Whatever else happens will be a bonus.” The FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final runs from July 4–6 in Hawke’s Bay.