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From the Paddock to the Packet Field Day – 2 March 2012

24 January 2012

From the Paddock to the Packet Field Day – 2 March 2012

The 2011 Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year will hold a field day on their South Canterbury property in early March.

Raymond and Adrianne Bowan will open Fallgate Farms and their Heartland Potato Chip factory to the rural community to show how innovation helped them turn well grown potatoes into great tasting chips.

Lincoln University Foundation chairman Neil Taylor expects many people from throughout the South Island and potato growers from around the country to attend the field day.

“The Field Day is an opportunity for all farmers, especially growers, to learn how the Bowan’s commitment to innovation on an ongoing basis enabled them to achieve their dreams through complete vertical integration,” says Mr Taylor.

Raymond Bowan says those attending the Field Day will get to see how both the farms and the factory operate, hear about our farm management style, our innovative practices, production levels and profitability.

“We see the Field Day as a chance to give back to everyone who has helped us over the years. Hopefully it will also inspire others to focus on using innovation to grow their own business.”

From the Paddock to the Packet Field Day starts at 9:45am on 2 March 2012 at Fallgate Farms, 42 Milton Road, Orari, South Canterbury. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by 27 February.

During the day buses will take attendees to the Heartland Potato Chip factory which is 30 minutes away in Washdyke before returning to the farm.

The Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year competition is the South Island’s premier farming competition. Preparation for this year’s competition is underway and farmers who are able to demonstrate how innovation has improved their farming operations are asked to enter.

You can find out more about the competition by visiting


Editor’s notes:

Brief biography of the 2011 South Island Farmers of the Year

Raymond and Adrianne Bowan farm 1214 hectares in Orari and 197 hectares at Coldstream on the North Bank of the Rangitata River. With 95 percent of their farm irrigated they grow potatoes, cereals, barley, maze and grass seed.

Increasingly they are wintering dairy cows and last year 2,500 cows wintered on their property. Ray is a director of Grainstor and of Seedlands and is an original member of the Rangitata South Irrigation Scheme.

In 2009 when a potato chip factory in Washdyke closed down the Bowans bought the factory and established Heartland Potato Chips which employs 15 people.

The Bowans have been farming for over 40 years and now their family is involved in the day-to-day running of the properties with their son working on the farm, one daughter working in the office and a Christchurch-based daughter who helps out with marketing.

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