Wagyu around the World - Chile

Wagyu Chile based in Las Condes is the largest company which breeds, feeds and exports Wagyu Map of Chilecattle in Chile. Breeding and feeding takes place in the south of Chile where natural conditions within idyllic countryside favour the raising of beef cattle on pasture. Logo of Chile Wagyu Association

Fernando Hartwig imported 50 Wagyu embryos and 150 doses of semen from Washington State University in 1998. This is the first importation of Wagyu genetics into South America. Bloodlines were based on the high marbling sires Fukutsuru 068, Hirashigetayasu and Michifuku. Fullblood Wagyu have been bred and make up 10% of the herd. Semen and embryos are sold. Crosses have been raised using pure Wagyu on Angus and F2 comprise 70% of the herd.

Cattle enter the feedlot weighing between 300 and 350 kilograms at an age of 12 to 14 months. They are kept calm in a stress free environment for 400 to 450 days on specially balanced and formulated natural foods using traditional formulations. By 2015 there will be the capacity for 30,000 head in the vertically integrated operation. There are exports to USA, Europe and Japan at a value of US$70 to $130 per kilogram. Wagyu on pasture in autumn colours on Wagyu Chile

Fernando Hartwig is the President of Asociación Chilena de Ganado Wagyu. There are 15 breeders which include Agustín Edwards, Sebastián Piñera, Felipe Ibáñez and Jorge Fernández.

Ninety percent of the premium beef sold in Chile, including Wagyu, comes from Chilean producers. Wagyu attains prices of pesos 25,000 per kilogram, and almost 30,000 a plate in specialized restaurants (1US$ = 570 pesos). According to Esteban Plaza, commercial manager of Wagyu Chile, one of the country’s top breeders, the local market reported sales of US$1 million in 2009 and is gaining strongly. Chilean beef producers are considered to have the capacity to compete with their eastern neighbours and in some cases, even, to do better than them, said Alejandro Anwandter, General Manager Wagyu in feedlot at Wagyu Chileof premium meat producer Frigosor. The most important sales channels are restaurants and hotels, followed by supermarkets and direct sales. The majority of Chile’s Wagyu beef is exported to the USA, Europe and Japan, at between US$70 and US$130 a kilogram.

Agrícola Mollendo was founded in 2002 and is located in the Los Angeles, VIII Region of Chile. The company is owned by the Gras family, which is also involved in real estate, engineering and construction, aquaculture and the wine industry. Currently, the feedlot carries 3,500 head of cattle and is projected to reach 10,000 head, while maintaining the qualities that produce premium meat. Mollendo Wagyu Beef is consolidated in the Asian Market and premium Wagyu beef is exported to USA, Europe, and Latin America.

Semen & Embryos accredited for export to South America:

NAME OF ANIMAL COL'R PRO CONTACT
Bald Ridge Henshin Red Sem Bald Ridge Wagyu
Bar R Sanjirou 4P Black Sem Lone Mountain + Bar R
Hirashige Tayasu Black Sem Westholme Wagyu
Hiroshi 766T Black Sem Lone Mountain Cattle
Itomoritaka Black Sem Westholme Wagyu
IWG Itomoritayasu 107 Black Sem Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Judo 79Z Red Sem Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Kimifuku 117 Black Sem Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Rueshaw 74Z Red Sem Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Umemaru 69Z Red Sem Idaho Wagyu Genetics
Kalanga Red Star C402 Red Sem Bald Ridge Wagyu
Kenichi 807T ³ Black Sem Lone Mountain Cattle
Kitateruyayasu Doi Black Sem Westholme Wagyu
Lake Wagyu C86 ¹ Black Sem Lake Wagyu
Lake Wagyu C87 ¹ Black Sem Lake Wagyu
Moyhu F054 ¹ Black Sem Lake Wagyu
Sumo Seisakushu C221 Red Sem Gabni Wagyu
Toshiro 723T Black Sem Lone Mountain
Westholme Itoyoshiharu ² Black Sem Westholme Wagyu
Westholme Kiyoyasu ² Black Sem Westholme Wagyu
Westholme Shigetanaka ² Black Sem Westholme Wagyu
Westholme Terutakanami ² Black Sem Westholme Wagyu
Westholme Teruyamanami ² Black Sem Westholme Wagyu
Yojimbo 6345 Red Sem Lone Mountain + Monarch Farms
Heart Brand Red Emperor
Gabni Rubi
Red Emb Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Itomoritayasu 107 ♂
IWG Ms Kimifuku 022X ♀
Black Emb Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Itomoritayasu 107 ♂
Ms CHR Kitaguni 245T♀
Black Emb Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Kimifuku 117 ♂
IWG Ms Itoshigenami 023X ♀
Black Emb Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Rueshaw
Coates Tsuki
Red Emb Idaho Wagyu Genetics
IWG Umemaru
Coates Taiyo
Red Emb Idaho Wagyu Genetics

Note ¹: Columbia and Uruguay

Note ²: Argentina, Brazil and Chile

Note ³: Mexico

References

Jones, J. 2010. Chile has become a producer and exporter of premium Wagyu (Kobe) beef. Merco Press. 28th June 2010.
Mollendo Wagyu Beef website
Wagyu Chile website