Young Farmer winner achieves bucket list dream
Waipahi farm manager Logan Wallace has achieved one of his bucket list dreams.
The 26-year-old has always aspired to compete in the Grand Final of the Young Farmer Contest.
He will now get his wish after winning the Otago-Southland regional final at the Wyndham Memorial Hall on Saturday night.
Otago-Southland regional final convenor Dean Rabbidge said there was only about 12 points separating the top three.
"It was a pretty close competition," Rabbidge said.
Milton sheep and beef farmer Nigel Woodhead, 28; was second while Wrights Bush dairy farm manager Sam Hodsell, 23, was third.
While Woodhead has previously competed at regional final level, it was Hodsell's first time in a regional final.
"He (Hodsell) will be one to watch in the future," Rabbidge said.
Wyndham turned on a great day for the regional final and the eight contestants were put through a series of challenges at the showgrounds.
They included sorting and shearing sheep, calibrating a seed drill and mincing up the front shoulder of a lamb and turning it into sausages.
They also had to preparing a horse for muster and boil a cup of tea over an open fire while pitching a tent, shooting a bow and arrow at a picture of a goat drawn onto a wool bale and fly fishing.
After the head-to-head fencing module and Agri-Sports Challenge competitors were put through their paces in the evening quiz show.
However, the winners were not revealed until a prize giving ceremony held later in the evening.
"It really added some prestige to the competition and gave the winners their moment in the spotlight," Rabbidge said.
Lyndon Wallace, 29, won both the practical day and the Agri-Sports challenge while Hodsell won the Agri-Growth challenge and Allen Gregory, 22, won the technical exam.
Logan Wallace also won the quiz.
He will now compete in the Grand Final of the Young Farmer contest to be held in Timaru in early July.
- Otago Southland Farmer