Wagyu around the World - Uruguay

The Rogberg family have been farming in Uruguay for over 150 years. After visiting Australia to learn about Map of UruguayWagyu, embryos were imported from Goshu in 2005. Munar & Asoc implanted the embryos, of which 60% were weaned. "Cabaña El Oriental" was the first stud to register Wagyu animals in the Uruguayan Rural Association (ARU) herd book. The initial bloodlines include Hirashigetayasu, Itoshigefuji, Itoshigenami, Michifuku and Suzutani and are used in a combination between Tajima and Kedaka strains to get best marbling with good growth. Fullblood Wagyu herds have been established with 50 females in Uruguay and recently 10 in Argentina, growing every year. Another three herds in Uruguay and another three herds in Argentina use Wagyu genetics from the stud. At the beginning of 2014 there were around 300 fullblood Wagyu from "Cabaña El Bull head on Cabana El OrientalOriental" genetics, and more than 5,000 crossbred animals sired by their bulls across Uruguay and Argentina.

Martín Rogberg Muñoz  studied agronomy at the University of the Republic (Uruguay). He also worked as a supervisor in a prestigious butcher house in Uruguay. He is now in charge of management, reproduction and nutrition of “Cabaña El Oriental” herd.

Andrés Rogberg Muñoz studied biochemistry at National University of La Plata (Argentine). He is a researcher in animal genetics and genomics, lecturer, and collaborates in research with Wagyu at National University of La Plata, University of Buenos Aires (both Argentina), and University of the Republic (Uruguay). He is now responsible for El Oriental selection and genetic evaluation program. Andrés is Treasurer and Founder of the Urugyuan Wagyu Breeders Society and becoming involved with La Asociación Argentina de Criadores de Wagyu.

“Cabaña El Oriental” sells young bulls, semen, embryos, and recipient beef cows pregnant to male El Oriental fullblood genetics. Breeding advice is also provided to clients.Heifers on pasture on Anchorena Ranch in Uruguay

Another family has a fascinating story. Aaron de Anchorena flew across the Rio de la Plata in a balloon to select the site of a new ranch in Uruguay in 1905, and almost ditched in the river. It proved to be an area rich in history as it was the site of original occupation by the Spanish. Sebastien Cabot built a fortress there in 1527 but it was abandoned. The city of San Juan was subsequently built there 27 years later but it was destroyed by the fierce Charrua Indians a few years later. A 70 metre high stone tower/lighthouse on the ranch houses a museum which contains artefacts from those times.

The family ranches cover 15,000 hectares in the heart of the Urugyuan Hills in the Pampas. With its abundant natural grasses, perfect temperate climate, and plentiful spring-fed streams, the region is widely recognized as one of the best cattle producing regions in the world.

The Wagyu operation draws from the Red Wagyu and Black Wagyu from Mazda Wagyu in Australia and also Urugyuan genetics. Wagyu cattle are raised in pastures until they reach the final 90 days of production when they are supplemented with green feed in a “semi-confined” feedlot till 30 months age. In addition, specially selected producers use Anchorena Ranch Wagyu genetics to produce crosses with Angus, Hereford, Holstein, Charolais and Limousin breeds. The processing plant has USDA approval as well as authorization to export to the EU. InterContinental Foods is a company that was established to market beef from the ranch across North America.

Uruguay is producing a plucky performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in the UK. The 'Los Teros' is being fed home grown beef - barbecued rib cut 'asado'- to help their performance.

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

Additional information

Anchorena Ranch (broken link)
Cabaña El Oriental

References

Anchorena Ranch
Andrés Rogberg communication