South Otago sheep farmer Logan Wallace has been named the
50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year.
The 28-year-old took out the coveted title in front
of a crowd of 1,000 people in Invercargill tonight.
Elated locals cheered as their hometown boy made his
way through a standing ovation and onto the stage.
Its Logans second attempt at the title and means the
sought-after winners trophy will be staying in Otago/Southland
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. Hes put his all
into the contest, said Logans father Ross Wallace.
Its something hes wanted to do since he was a
Logan 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.
The 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
I used some of those search and rescue planning
skills this week to ensure I didnt waste any time, he said.
The winners prize package includes a New Holland
tractor, a Honda quad bike, cash, scholarships, equipment and
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
The calibre of the finalists this year is testament
to the depth of talent we have in our rural sector, she said.
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