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Wagyu around the World - China

'Wagyu Bio-Tech' was established in May 2008 for the breeding, production of beef and the sale of semen, Map of Chinaembryos and breeding animals. The key site is in Beijing Huairou District. Breeding takes place at another two properties at Chiping and at Laixi in Shandong District.

Wagyu Bio-Tech became members of the Australian Wagyu Association in 2011. Feeding hay to Wagyu in feedlot at Wagyu Bio-Tech in ChinaThis enabled the registration of progeny which were introduced from Australia as frozen embryos through Global Reproduction Services.

Rapid growth of numbers has taken place since 2012. The following year there were 1,200 pure Wagyu (of which 219 are registered with the Australian Wagyu Association as Fullbloods). 200 pure Wagyu were slaughtered. 200,000 doses of semen and 8,000 embryos were produced.

On 14th September 2013 collaboration was officially launched between Wagyu Bio-Tech and Beijing Animal Wagyu beef from ChinaHusbandry for technology and development in the "high quality beef" industry.

Sven Fu offers semen, embryos and beef through 'Australia Wagyu' and has 99 registered Wagyu in Australia and facilities in Hong Kong.

China has become an important market for Australian beef. “While frozen grassfed still accounts for the majority of Australia’s overall beef exports to China, grainfed – particularly chilled – is the fastest growing category,” MLA said. “This reflects the long term premiumisation trend in China, as the growing population of affluent consumers upgrade their levels of consumption, which is occurring across many categories. Despite the COVID-19 impact, Australian exports of chilled grainfed to China this year were up 140pc, year-on-year". Australia was also China’s top imported grainfed beef supplier, with volume up 3pc for the year to May.

China’s tonnage of imported Wagyu reached about 20,800t, up from 12,100t in the 2018 year, and less than 8000t back in 2017. For the 2020 year to the end of May, volume has already reached 10,800t, up another 25pc on the same period last year. Australia had 83% market share in the imported Wagyu trade in May 2020, followed by Uruguay with 7%, New Zealand with 5% and the US and ‘others’ with 2% each. Quality perceptions about Wagyu product from some other suppliers were not as good as Australia’s Mr Liu, beef market analyst Gerrard Liu from Meat International Group said.

MIG suggested current average price for imported Wagyu beef in China was around US$15/kg, but the choice of cuts entering the market plays a significant part in this.

Trimmings remain the dominant Wagyu item purchased by Chinese importers, used for traditional hot-pot cooking styles. Other popular items include point-end brisket, navel end brisket and chuck roll. Much less significant are more costly steak cuts. Demand for higher quality steak cuts like cube roll and striploin had tended to be stable, Mr Liu said, while items like shin-shank and shortrib were continuing to grow. For Wagyu steak cuts, the most popular items were marbling scores 4-5, which compared more than favourably with USDA Prime Grade Angus beef from the US.

Volumes of Wagyu beef to China have been set back by the cancellation of licences for four abattoirs in Australia in April 2020 by China that supply 31% of the Australian volume to China.

Long delays are being reported in chilled and frozen food exports arriving in China, as Chinese authorities continue to rigorously test imported foodstuffs for COVID-19. Shipping companies have told Australian exporters that at the port of Yantian, a feeder port for Shanghai in Guandong Province, a US$1000 per container congestion surcharge has been added to imports, to account for the current delays.

Australian exporters have been told cargo clearance times in some Chinese ports have extended from three or four days to ten or eleven, as a result of COVID testing pressure.

China has started testing a wide range of imported foodstuffs for traces of COVID-19. The dwindling pace of meat imports caused by the latest tough testing measures will provide further support for prices already impacted by a severe shortage of pork, as a result of the African Swine Fever outbreak last year, analysts said. China has now suspended imports from more than 20 overseas plants processing pork, beef and poultry since late-June, after workers were infected with the virus.

Semen & Embryos accredited for export to China:

NAME OF ANIMAL BREED PRODUCT CONTACT
Bald Ridge Henshin Red Semen Bald Ridge Wagyu
Bimbi Itoshigefuji 2/1 Black Semen Oasis Collection Centre
Bimbi Michiyama Black Semen Oasis Collection Centre
Goorambat Terutani F146 Black Semen Goorambat Wagyu
Kalanga Red Star C402 Red Semen Bald Ridge Wagyu
Lake Wagyu C86 Black Semen Lake Wagyu
Lake Wagyu C87 Black Semen Lake Wagyu
Moyhu F054 Black Semen Lake Wagyu
Peppermill Grove D139 Black Semen Goorambat Wagyu
Sumo Seisakushu C221 Red Semen Gabni Wagyu
Goorambat Terutani F146 none Peppermill Grove E019 Black Embryo Goorambat Wagyu

 

References

Australia Wagyu website
Wagyu Bio-Tech (Beijing) Ltd website

 

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Wagyu Bio-Tech (Beijing) Ltd

 

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