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Demand drives need for finishers

21 Jun 2019 · Farmers Weekly

A 30% increase in demand for First Light Wagyu beef has led the Hawke’s Bay company to look for more farmers to finish its cattle.

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After a record 12 months which has seen the company pick up a number of accolades, including being named Best Beef in the World by the highly regarded Forbes.com, First Light is looking for farmers to join its team of finishers.

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NZ venison rated top quality

6 Jun 2019 · Rural News

First Light Foods, a major exporter of venison, applauds deer farmers’ product quality, says Toni Frost, who runs the company’s venison operation.

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After more than a year’s thorough research and careful planning the New Zealand red meat sector’s country of origin brand Taste Pure Nature has been launched in the chosen test market of California.

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First Light Foods’ beef celebrated in Forbes

21 Feb 2019 · Meat Export NZ

First Light Foods’ Wagyu Beef has lifted its international profile following a positive article which appeared in the prestigious US magazine Forbes early last week.

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Forbes raves about New Zealand Wagyu beef

16 Feb 2019 · Newstalk ZB

A small Hawke's Bay meat producer has been voted the best in the world by Forbes.

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With wellness on the tips of everyone’s lips, seeking the best ingredients available – turns out, there’s truth to the adage “you are what you eat” – has never been a greater priority. 

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Could Wagyu beef protect against heart disease?

16 Jan 2019 · NZ Herald 'The Country'

Good news for beef lovers! A new study suggests grass-fed beef could help protect against heart disease.

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Wagyu to the world

29 Nov 2018 · TVNZ Hyundai Country Calendar

Two generations of a Hawke's Bay family work together across a beef cattle farm and a dairy farm, to raise sought-after marbled wagyu beef for the international market.

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