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Wagyu around the World - Argentina

Dr Luis O Barcos (presently OIE representative for Americas) visited Japan in 1998 under the auspices of Map of ArgentinaSitio Argentino de Producción Animal. The excellence of Wagyu was recognised so the Wagyu strains and production systems were studied. The following attributes were the key drivers in selecting this breed for Argentina: genetic ability for heavy marbling, low birth weight, docility, very high fertility and ability to adapt to many environments. Exports from Japan were not allowed so Canada and USA were subsequently visited.

70 Black and Red Wagyu embryos were imported by Don Benjamín to Gabriel Romeo from Canada and USA in 2000. Implants and inseminations were carried out in spring 2001 by Dr Barcos and Dr Jorge Luis Meré. 35 calves were born. Tasting of the first batch of Wagyu beef at La Unión Restaurant in 2003 proved to be a resounding success.

In the interim, La Asociación Argentina de Criadores de Wagyu had been formed in 2000. Don Benjamín is President and members include: Kiguchi World (Mimura Yuiji), La Negra Agropecuaria (de Angel Rossi), Ganadera Ibicuy Edurado Wagyu bull in Argentina(Roque Fernández), Gregorio Numo y Noel Werthein SA (Daniel Wertheim), Nueva Vida (de Enrique Klein) and Dr Luis Barcos.

The objectives of La Asociación Argentina de Criadores de Wagyu are to promote the Wagyu breed and to make genetics available to enhance tenderness, juiciness and flavour from marbling.

The foundation of the herd has grown to a couple of hundred pure Wagyu in Argentina. Production of several thousand crosses with Angus and other Tirador Wagyu bull in Argentinamarbling breeds is primarily on pasture then supplemented with corn, barley and oats. They are fed up to a liveweight of 700 kilograms at 30 months of age. Embryos, semen and beef are marketed on the Wagyu Argentina S.A. website and beef is branded as Kobe Beef Argentina. Vacuum packed tenderloin retails for peso 600 (ARS). The beef is served in discerning restaurants from between peso 150 and 400.

The Argentinian government has announced restrictions are to be imposed to prohibit the export of beef for 15 days. This is an attempt to lower the price of domestic beef which has been rising through 2014. Increased volumes have been going to Europe and there is concern that the deficit in Russia might draw on beef from Argentina. Despite this recent action, it is predicted that the volume of beef that will be exported to Russia in 2015 may double to almost 30,000 tonne of primarily chilled and frozen beef.

Semen & Embryos accredited for export to South America:

NAME OF ANIMAL COLOUR PRODUCT CONTACT
Bald Ridge Henshin Red Semen Bald Ridge Wagyu
IWG Itomoritayasu 107 Black Semen Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Judo 79Z Red Semen Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Kimifuku 117 Black Semen Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Rueshaw 74Z Red Semen Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Umemaru 69Z Red Semen Idaho Wagyu Genetics
Kalanga Red Star C402 Red Semen Bald Ridge Wagyu
Lake Wagyu C86 ¹ Black Semen Lake Wagyu
Lake Wagyu C87 ¹ Black Semen Lake Wagyu
Moyhu F054 ¹ Black Semen Lake Wagyu
Sumo Seisakushu C221 Red Semen Gabni Wagyu
Heart Brand Red Emperor noneGabni Rubi Red Embryo Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Itomoritayasu 107 ♂ noneIWG Ms Kimifuku 022X ♀ Black Embryo Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Itomoritayasu 107 ♂ noneMs CHR Kitaguni 245T♀ Black Embryo Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Kimifuku 117 ♂ noneIWG Ms Itoshigenami 023X ♀ Black Embryo Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Rueshaw noneCoates Tsuki Red Embryo Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Umemaru noneCoates Taiyo Red Embryo Idaho Wagyu Genetics

Note ¹: Columbia and Uruguay

 

References

La Asociación Argentina de Criadores de Wagyu website

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