Beckford Holdings consists of three properties, all located within half an hour of each other in Central Hawke’s Bay. One property runs mainly breeding deer, another deer finishing and cattle, while the third farm operates with sheep and beef only. Craige Wiggins manages Beckford Holdings for the Dennis Hardy Family and has always enjoyed working with deer.

Craige enjoys being part of First Light, which he says is a company that truly manages venison from the farm to the end consumer. He says stability and consistency are key in farming operations and the ability to supply year round and receive consistent prices helps provide this.

Craige’s favourite venison dish is venison steaks — cooked rare and accompanied by a nice bottle of red.