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Wagyu around the World - New Zealand

One of the largest suppliers of Wagyu-infused Map with Wagyu breeders in New Zealandproduction is Brownrigg Agriculture which also happens to be one of the largest farming agribusinesses in New Zealand. 

Privately owned by brothers David and Jonathan Brownrigg, the business is based in the highly productive region of Hawke's Bay.  There are 12 farms with livestock (including prime lamb) and cropping enterprises over 10,000 hectares.

Wagyu Breeders Limited has been built over 12 years using experience from the live export of calves to the Japanese feeder market. 

There are 3,000 breeders which are either Wagyu 1/2 (F1) and 3/4 (F2) cows.  The 3/4 and 7/8 (F3) Wagyu bred from them is complemented by fullblood calves produced by Embryo Transfer and 1/2 Wagyu crosses from Holstein and Angus dams. 7,000 calves are born each year.

Most of the production of 4,000 head comes from Brownrigg Agriculture's farms but breeders, sharefarmers and graziers throughout the North Island of New Zealand also contribute. 

Chilled beef is supplied through a joint venture - Wagyu Breeders Limited logo a subsidiary of Brownrigg Agricultural GroupFirstlight Foods in Hastings - a leading supplier both locally and to the world. With reliable rainfall throughout the year, New Zealand is able to produce grass-fed Wagyu. Firstlight Foods differentiate their brand as grass-fed and different to barn-fed Wagyu in Japan and grain-fed Wagyu around the rest of the world.

Gordon Dennis breeds Wagyu on Newbry Ridge at Opitiki on North Island and has registered some fullblood Wagyu through the Australian Wagyu Association.

Brownrigg Agriculture Wagyu cow with calves in paddockThe New Zealand Wagyu Association was formed on 9th August, 2012. Registrations are from Brownrigg Agricultural Group/Wagyu Breeders Limited, and their predecessors. 698 Fullbloods are registered, together with 19 Purebreds. 126 are "Active".

Total New Zealand beef exports of 383,000 tonnes have increased 8.4% to $2.29 billion for the 2013/14 year recorded to September 30. 48% was consigned to North America and 30% to North Asia.

Wagyu genetics accredited for export to New Zealand

NAME OF ANIMAL COLOUR PRODUCT CONTACT
Academy Red Wagyus Tambo H18 Red Semen Academy Red Wagyus
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
Hirashige Tayasu Black Semen Westholme Wagyu
Itomoritaka Black Semen Westholme Wagyu
Kalanga Red Star C402 Red Semen Bald Ridge Wagyu
Kitateruyayasu Doi Black Semen Westholme Wagyu
Sumo Seisakushu C221 Red Semen Gabni Wagyu
Westholme Itoyoshiharu Black Semen Westholme Wagyu
Westholme Hirashigetayasu Z278 Black Semen Academy Red Wagyusnone The Wright Wagyu
Westholme Kiyoyasu Black Semen Westholme Wagyu
Westholme Shigetanaka Black Semen Westholme Wagyu
Westholme Terutakanami Black Semen Westholme Wagyu
Westholme Teruyamanami Black Semen Westholme Wagyu
Goorambat Terutani F146 none Goorambat H6032 Black Embryo Goorambat Wagyu

 

References

Brownrigg Agriculture website.
New Zealand Wagyu Association.

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