John and Shirley are one of the First Light venison breeders. Their property, Waimarie, is located close to the strong rural community of Apiti, in the Manawatu. As well as breeding deer, John and Shirely also run sheep and beef cows, which they breed and sell to store. They take extra care in matching their stock policies to the type of country they have.

For John and Shirley being part of First Light provides certainty about where they are heading. It provides “the wheels to allow us to carry out our plans."  Their wish is that our customers enjoy our product as much as they do.

John and Shirley’s favourite way to eat venison is BBQed whole fillets with a bit of salt and pepper!