'Exciting' time for Young Farmer finalist

Georgie Lindsay is looking forward to the Young Farmer of the Year grand final. Photo: New Zealand Young Farmers
Georgie Lindsay is looking forward to the Young Farmer of the Year grand final. Photo: New Zealand Young Farmers
Mustering sheep is all in a day's work for North Canterbury's Georgie Lindsay.

The 24-year-old, who in March became the first woman to win the the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Tasman regional final, has been working at Marble Point Station, between Hanmer Springs and Culverden, for the past 12 months.

She has since left her job to focus on her grand final preparations.

''I entered the contest to learn and grow my skills, so it's been an exciting few months. Whatever else happens will be a bonus.''

But she and her five working dogs were never far from the land as she was continuing to do casual shepherding work to pay the bills, she said.

''A good team of working dogs is essential here. It would be difficult in this terrain to muster sheep without them,'' she said of her time working at Marble Point Station, a picturesque 2400ha property.

''I'm really fortunate to have been given three good dogs and I'm in the process of training two pups.''

The Amuri Basin Young Farmers member has also taken up dog trialling and competed in her first event recently in Waiau.

She said it was ''nerve-racking'' with ''literally every man and their dog'' watching on.

''Shepherds with a good team of dogs earn a huge amount of respect from their peers and their reputation often precedes them.''

Ms Lindsay said she had plenty of opportunities to hone her skills, with the help of her former employers Matt and Sarah Black.

Marble Point Station runs 3600 Corriedale ewes and 380 Angus breeding cows, plus replacement stock.

The property is run as an equity partnership between Matt and Sarah Black and West Melton brothers Robin and Gavin Wilson.

Ms Lindsay grew up on a sheep, beef and deer farm in Dipton and has a bachelor of agricultural science (honours) degree from Lincoln University.

The Young Farmer of the Year grand final runs from July 4 to 6 in Hawke's Bay.

-By David Hill

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