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13 August 2021

Presented by the Australian Wagyu Association

WAGYU EXCELLENCE

Paddock to Palate Wagyu Challenge marks five years

The Australian Wagyu Association have been proud sponsors of the RNA Paddock to Palate Competition - Wagyu Challenge for the last five years. 

While the EKKA was cancelled, there is still much success to celebrate. A showcase of the nation's best Wagyu, an opportunity for producers to confirm their breeding direction, and simply a way to claim bragging rights.

That's what the RNA Paddock to Palate Wagyu Challenge continues to offer, and why nine producers from across Queensland and one from Tasmania entered cattle in the 2021 competition.

Full article available at Queensland Country Life

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Dyan Hughes from Wentworth Cattle Co with Wagyu F1 steers which dominated the weight gain phase in the Wagyu Challenge section of this year's RNA Paddock to Palate competition.

WAGYU EXCELLENCE

Wentworth dominates the weight gain section

The commercial Wagyu operation Wentworth Cattle Co, owned by Richard and Dyan Hughes and family from Clermont in central Queensland, almost made it a clean sweep of the weight gain section of RNA Paddock to Palate Competition Wagyu Challenge.

Their best pen of 50 per cent Wagyu cross steers took out first place with an average daily gain of 1.159 kilograms and second place with a gain of 1.097kg. One steer recorded the highest individual weight gain of 1.289kg/day over 360 days for an exit weight of 800kg.

Full article available at Queensland Country Life

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8,000 head Wagyu dedicated feedlot almost complete in Finley NSW

INDUSTRY INVESTMENT

Sher Wagyu lead industry investment with new feedlot

Nick and Vicki Sher, of Sher Wagyu, were recognised as 25-year members and early pioneers in the Wagyu Sector at our recent WagyuEdge Conference.

In 1995, the Sher's sent by air the first Australian shipment of Wagyu crossbred cattle to Japan, they now run a vertically integrated business exporting to over 14 countries while also supplying the domestic retail market.

They continue to take it to the next level with their 8,000 head, Wagyu dedicated feedlot in Finley NSW nearing completion. The new Palm Grove feedlot will be the first dedicated Wagyu feedlot to be built from the ground up in Australia.

Full article available at Beef Central

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A fresh crop of gold medallists has been announced for this year’s delicious. 

WAGYU EXCELLENCE

Mayura Station Wins Gold

A fresh crop of gold medallists has been announced for this year’s delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards. Fifty-nine producers were awarded a coveted Gold Medal across the categories of Dairy, Earth Paddock and Sea, with five National Finalists in the Outstanding Farmers’ Market category.

To determine the winners, each piece of produce is rigorously tasted and tested by the delicious. Harvey Norman National Judging Panel, which includes some of the country’s most renowned chefs and experts. This year’s panel included Alla Wolf-Tasker, Andrew McConnell, Peter Gilmore, Matt Moran, Josh Niland, Matt Stone, Jo Barrett, Lennox Hastie and Danielle Alvarez.

Mayura Station Signature Series won a gold medal in the “From the Paddock” section.

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Cattle on feed at Smithfield’s Sapphire feedlot near Goondiwindi as part of the 2021 RNA Wagyu Challenge, fed over 370 days.

WAGYU EXCELLENCE

Crossbred entries excel in Wagyu Challenge

Crossbred entries have excelled in Brisbane Show’s 2021 Wagyu Challenge, results from which were released overnight following the recent cancellation of this year’s Ekka due to COVID.

The 370-day Wagyu competition fed at Smithfield Cattle Co’s Sapphire specialist Wagyu feedlot near Goondiwindi this year attracted 21 entries – each team of seven steers, totalling 147 head – representing everything from Wagyu x Angus F1s to F2s-F4s, and Fullblood Japanese Wagyu.

Performance was measured over four criteria – feedlot performance, carcase quality and value, and eating quality derived from taste panel testing.

Full article available at Beef Central

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The critical point of BRD prevention in cattle happens on farm, prior to feedlot induction, making BRD pre-vaccination the last piece of the puzzle in terms of striving for the highest animal welfare standards.

NUTRITION

Mandatory vaccination program to control BRD

Commencing 1 September 2021, JBS Australia’s three NSW feedlots will only accept cattle that have been vaccinated with Bovilis MH+IBR to help control the effects of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).

This covers Caroona, Prime City and Riverina feedlots, where the animals will need to have one shot of the vaccination within 180 to 14 days of delivery to the feedlot.

Northern Livestock Manager at JBS Australia, Scott Carswell, says the critical point of BRD prevention in cattle happens on-farm, prior to feedlot induction, making BRD pre-vaccination the last piece of the puzzle in terms of striving for the highest animal welfare standards.

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Australian F1 Wagyu cattle premiums on AuctionsPlus have recovered to a level of 80% above the national feeder steer indicator.

MARKETPLACE

Tasty premiums for Wagyu

Mecardo, delve into the Wagyu F1 market to find key points such as the average Wagyu premium over feeders steers has reached 80%, premiums are highly variable based on specification and mid-range 280-330kg lwt weights fetch the highest premiums. 

Wagyu cattle are considered the world’s most desirable and expensive source of beef, with quality Australian ribeye steaks currently being advertised at upwards of $300 a kilo in the US.

After suffering a major collapse between 2018 and 2019, Australian F1 Wagyu cattle premiums on AuctionsPlus have recovered to a level of 80% above the national feeder steer indicator.

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Landline speaks to AWA CEO about all things Wagyu




ALL THINGS WAGYU

Landline market report

AWA CEO, Dr Matt McDonagh, caught up with Matt Brann from ABC to talk all things Wagyu and how the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected the worlds luxury beef markets.


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