South Otago sheep farmer Logan Wallace named 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year
The 28-year-old took out the coveted title at the Grand Final event in front of a crowd of 1,000 people in Invercargill on Saturday night.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic. Being named the FMG Young Farmer of the Year has always been a dream of mine,” he said.
The Waipahi sheep farmer convincingly beat six other finalists after three days of gruelling competition.
The event saw the men tackle fast-paced practical modules, technical challenges and an agri-knowledge quiz.
“We are immensely proud of Logan. He’s put his all into the contest,” said Logan’s father Ross Wallace.
“It’s something he’s wanted to do since he was a boy.”
Logan Wallace runs 2,300 ewes on a 290-hectare farm, which he leases from his parents.
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.
“Logan Wallace is an extremely deserving winner,” said Andrea Brunner from FMG.
“He has demonstrated the breadth of knowledge, skill and capability required to be crowned the FMG Young Farmer of the Year.”
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,” said contest chairman Dean Rabbidge.
Second place went to Cameron Black, who’s 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.
An edited version of the 50th grand final will be available on digital streaming service ThreeNow from July 14th.
Watch the full interviews with Logan Wallace above.