Home­grown en­ter­prise screens

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DIANE BISHOP

South­land farm­ers Paul, Rachel and Mark Hes­lip are pas­sion­ate about pro­duc­ing top-qual­ity beef and lamb, and sell­ing it di­rect to the con­sumer.

They will share their story about how they have grown Far­m­gate Meats into a thriv­ing business on Coun­try Cal­en­dar on Satur­day night.

Paul said they were priv­i­leged to be cho­sen to ap­pear on the tele­vi­sion show, which has been run­ning for more than 45 years. ‘‘We’re quite hum­bled. ‘‘It will be a great story for New Zealand,’’ he said.

The half-hour episode was filmed dur­ing five days in July when the Hes­lips were busy prelamb shear­ing and shift­ing break fences.

The film crew also spent a day on the road with them while they de­liv­ered meat pro­duced on their 900ha sheep and beef farm, Glen Af­fric Sta­tion, near Bal­four.

Glen Af­fric was bought by Paul and Mark’s par­ents Bruce and Ngaire Hes­lip in 1965.

‘‘It was a raw piece of tus­sock with just one fence and no roads or power but now it is a real pro­duc­tion plat­form,’’ Paul said.

The prop­erty car­ries 4000 peren­dale-texel breed­ing ewes, 1000 ewe hoggets and more than 200 an­gus breed­ing cows, which will be show­cased on Coun­try Cal­en­dar.

The Hes­lips started Far­m­gate Meats seven years ago to meet a de­mand for home­grown beef and lamb, which is pro­cessed at a lo­cal abat­toir.

All the prog­eny from their cows and up to 20 per cent of their lambs go through Far­m­gate Meats.

They de­liver prod­uct to cus­tomers in South­land, Cen­tral Otago, the South­ern Lakes and Dunedin while the rest of the coun­try is cov­ered by a car­rier.

Paul said they pride them­selves on pro­duc­ing prod­uct that is both tasty and ten­der, and their lamb has won sev­eral awards at The Glam­mies.

Fam­ily view­ing: Bal­four farm­ers Mark, left, Rachel and Paul Hes­lip fea­tured onCoun­try Cal­en­dar on the week­end.

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