By DAVID HILL
Mustering sheep is all in a day’s work for North Canterbury’s Georgie Lindsay.
The 24-year-old, who became the first woman to win the Tasman regional final in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year in March, has been working at Marble Point Station, between Hanmer Springs and Culverden, for the past 12 months.
She has since left her job as she focuses on 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 Georgie and her five working dogs are never far from the land as she is continuing to do casual shepherding work to pay the bills.
“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 at Marble Point Station, a 2400-hectare property.
“I’m really fortunate to have been given three good dogs and I’m in the process of training two pups.”
She has also taken up dog trialling and competed in her first event at Waiau recently. Georgie said she had plenty of opportunities to hone her technique, with the help of her former employers Matt and Sarah Black.
Marble Point runs 3600 Corriedale ewes and 380 Angus cows, plus replacements. It is an equity partnership between Matt and Sarah and West Melton’s Robin and Gavin Wilson.
Georgie grew up on a farm in Dipton and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) from Lincoln.