Our Wagyu farmers

AD & ER Gunson

AD & ER Gunson

The stock at Kauri Glen Farms get “preferential treatment”, says Erin Gunson, who farms for First Light with her husband David. Their property is located in Waiotira, Northland, and Erin says since they made the decision to switch some of their animals to First Light Wagyu, their life/work balance has improved, and the stock they run have their full attention. “We now farm less intensively with fewer stock,” says Erin. “This also gives us the time to pursue our other interests.”

Those interests include David’s passion for cycling, Erin’s for trail-running, and a big project – developing their 28ha volcanic block from gorse and blackberry into a thriving avocado orchard.

The Gunsons took over their fourth generation family-run property – which also includes 420ha of rolling farmland on Waiotira clay – in 1995. On it, they run 1100 ewes and finish First Light cattle.

“We saw First Light’s vision as being the way forward,” says David. “You have the certainty and peace of mind to be able to concentrate on the stock rather than constantly second guessing the market. The marble score incentives ensure you are rewarded for producing quality stock.”

The Gunsons also believe that the First Light approach means consistency of product at the other end. 

“You can be assured that First Light meat comes from an animal that has been grass-fed, ethically treated and is antibiotic free. The Wagyu we produce for First Light are given the best of the best, leading to a taste that is second to none,” says Erin.

“We are proud to produce a high quality product for consumer markets demanding the best, while giving our animals the best care possible.”