FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Finalist: Logan Wallace

Posted by on 30 May 2018 | Comments

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Logan Wallace has introduced Texel genetics into his Romney flock to help produce bigger lambs faster.

The 28-year-old runs 2,300 ewes on a 290-hectare farm at Waipahi in Southland, which he leases from his parents.

The intensive sheep breeding and finishing property also carries 700 hoggets and 400 trading sheep.

“The Romney-Texel cross enables me to produce lambs which achieve weight targets in a shorter time period,” said Logan.

“My goal is a lambing percentage of 160, with 20 per cent of all lambs weaned and at the meat works 90 days after being born.”

Logan runs the farm as a one-man operation, meaning he’s after a low-fuss ewe with strong mothering instincts.

The flock is split into two mobs. The first starts lambing on August 28th, with the second commencing 12 days later.

“I run an A mob and a B mob of ewes,” the Otago/Southland FMG Young Farmer of the Year explains.

“Any ewes I have to handle during lambing end up in the B mob. If ewe’s handled twice, she goes on the cull list.”

Logan won the Otago/Southland Regional Final again in April, securing him a spot in his second grand final.

“I have an advantage in that I know where my weaknesses are and what I should spend my time studying,” he said.

The Clinton Young Farmers member has mild dyslexia, which can make putting his answers on paper a struggle.

“That’s a challenge for a lot of young guys. They could ace the practical modules, but are put off by the complexity of the theory,” he said.

“I’d still urge them to give the contest a go though.”

Logan’s only piece of advice would be to avoid entering two national competitions at once.

His family won the Otago Farm Environment Awards in April, with judges praising their succession strategy.

“I set up a leasing company with my parents five years ago, which owns all the livestock and machinery,” said Logan, who holds a Certificate in Agriculture and a Diploma in Rural Business from Telford.

“It enabled my parents’ money to be safely invested and for them to receive a return on it.”

“I’ve recently been able to buy all of the shares in that company, allowing me to grow my business,” he said.

Logan’s heavily involved in his local community. He leads a youth group and is a Land Search and Rescue member.

The youth group is for high school students and meets on Friday nights.

“The group has been a great way for me to develop my leadership skills,” said Logan.

“Half of the teenagers are from rough backgrounds. The aim is to get them to believe in themselves and respect others.”

“It’s been amazing to see kids who at the start of the year were scrapping with each other become really good friends,” he said.

His Land Search and Rescue role means he’s often on call to rescue lost hunters or elderly people with dementia.

“We do one training session a month. It could be classroom-based, or bush bashing in the dark doing GPS training,” he said.

Logan spent two years working in the United Kingdom and Western Australia planting and harvesting grain and potatoes.