Homegrown enterprise screens
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.