Wagyu markets open and urgently needs slaughter oxen within the next six months.

The saying “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence. This saying, by Colin Powell definitely applies to the Wagyu producer. Every cloud has a silver lining and a recent newsletter from Australia mentions that the last year (2020) was the most difficult in their history but that the market has recovered to such an extent that today there is an 80% premium on F1 weaner calves.

Whilst this is not yet the case in South Africa a small group of dedicated farmers literally broke the market open in extremely difficult circumstances to the Middle East and while Wagyu is appearing on the shelves at an increasing rate of trade, there will also be major announcements in the South African market within the next two months that will significantly increase the market for slaughter oxen.

The South African market has been a commodity market for the past 100 years, i.e. red meat is sold in high volumes at the cheapest price with a minimum carcass quality. Our Wagyu CEO and previous chairman has literally visited three of the four major retailers over the past six months. While the rollout of Wagyu is happening slower than expected, all the traders are looking at how they can focus on the high value meat market, where eating experience plays a big role. A major concern is the value chain’s ability to supply Wagyu slaughter oxen to the market on a constant basis. With some big announcements that will be happening soon, we strongly encourage you to put large numbers of bulls between the cows or to inseminate the cows. Our larger Wagyu farmers are already doing this.

Wagyu Nasionale Veiling, Wagyu Produksieveiling en Nasionale Kongres

Die Wagyu Genootskap van Suid Afrika is ook bly om aan te kondig dat die Nasionale Elite en Produksie Veiling, asook die Wagyu jaarlikse kongres die 1ste Oktober 2021 in Parys sal plaasvind. 15 Bulle asook verse sal by die Elite veiling en 30 bulle sal by die produksie veiling aangebied word. Die twee veilings sal tesame met die “UIT DE FLES” veiling aangebied word.

Voorwaardes:

  • Elite bulle en verse moet ouer as 1 jaar oud wees. Die diere moet verkieslik in die top 30% vir die Suid Afrikaanse of Australiese teelwaarde analise wees (top 30% marmering, top 50% oogspier en top 70% 200/400dae gewigte wees).
  • Produksie bulle moet ouer as 2 jaar oud wees. Die bulle moet verkieslik in die top 50% van die Suid Afrikaanse of Australiese teelwaarde analise wees (top 50% Marmering, top 60% oogspier en top 80% vir 200/400dae op gewigte wees).
  • Daar is 20 lotte vir semen (maksimum 20 strooitjies per lot) en 10 lotte vir embrio’s (maksimum 10 embrio’s per lot) vir die Uit de Fles veiling. Die aanbiedings moet in die top 20% van genetika wees (top 20% IMF, top 40% EMA &en top 70% vir 200/400dae gewigte) vir die Suid Afrikaanse of Australiese teelwaarde analise.
  • Vyf lotte sal uitgehou word vir fondasie-diere.

Daar sal ‘n inspeksiekursus plaasvind op 30 September om 14:00.

Charmaine Alberts is die koördineerder vir die veiling asook kongres. Inskrywings vir die veilings sal aan u gekommunikeer word. U kan direk met haar kommunikeer by palberts@telkomsa.net of 082 922 3747

Wagyu Congress

Covid rules will be very strictly enforced, but we hope to have at least 100 people at the Congress. The congress will be presented both in-person and virtually. No lectures will be presented this year. However, we will rather focus on our fantastic product and have fun together. The theme is “Let’s celebrate Wagyu meat”. We will try and get Prof Dale Woerner to attend, as well as our own South Africans who have fallen in love with the product. They will again use the carcass to demonstrate the different products and the meat cuts will be put straight onto the fire. The congress will be presented in the morning between 09h00 and 13h00 whereafter the auction will take place. We will also have a Wagyu function and dinner that evening and offer several Wagyu prizes. We also trust that you have obtained your first vaccination!

Certified Wagyu Beef: Ervaar egte, sappige en sagte, Suid-Afrikaanse Wagyu Beesvleis

Neem asb. kennis:

  • Soos op die module kursus 1 genoem is het ons, ons samespreking met die staat gefinaliseer. U sal die eerste jaar nadat die kontrak geteken is ‘n volledige oudit kry en daarna ‘n “papier” oudit vir die volgende twee jaar, d.w.s. elektronies om seker te maak die diere is op die databasis en die diere bewegings is gedoen.
  • Die oudit fooi vir die hele waardeketting is substansieel minder as voorheen. In die verlede moes al die groot handelaar’s twee keer per jaar geoudit word. Die nuwe oudit protokol laat toe dat slegs die distribusie sentrums 2 keer per geoudit word en slegs 10% van die winkels. Die per km koste word deur alle handel merke verdeel.
  • Alle CWB waardeketting kliënte mag die eis “Ervaar egte, sappige en sagte, Suid-Afrikaanse Wagyu Beesvleis” gebruik.
  • CPG oudits op plase sal 1 Augustus begin. Dit het langer as verwag geneem a.g.v. die onderhandelings met die staat om die ouditfooie goedkoper te maak.
  • Ons is tans besig om die CWB ooreenkoms op ‘n elektroniese vorm te sit wat u elektronies kan teken.
  • Die CWB komitee het ook met SAMIC en die staat ooreengekom dat die marmering telling op die CWB plakkers, wat op die produk pakkies en bokse geplak moet word, as volg gaan lees:
    • MS 1 & 2 (Slegs gemaalde vleis d.w.s. biltong, droë wors, hamburger patties)
    • MS 3 (Slegs vir lokale gebruik)
    • MS 4 & 5, MS 6 & 7, MS 8 & 9, MS 9+ (Lokale gebruik asook uitvoere)
    • Die plakkers asook handelsmerk spesifikasie is beskikbaar by die CWB kantoor
  • Die nuwe CWB oudit handleiding is op die webblad beskikbaar (Afrikaans en Engels) www.wagyu.org.za

CWB Audits & Morgan beef

After nearly six months of negotiation, we have finalised our agreement with CPG, SAMIC and the Department of Agriculture regarding the CWB audits. The intention is and has always been to provide our CWB members with a Registered Quality Indication Mark (claim and protocol) that is credible yet cost effective. The retail sector and producers are used to these audits for products such as natural beef, grass-fed beef, karoo lamb etc. The Wagyu “claim” is something new to Wagyu breeders however and I believe we have negotiated a system that is fair to everyone, including the retailers. The protocol and audit document needs to include the latest changes and will be distributed to all producers within the next few days.

For Wagyu to work, their needs to be a significant premium that allows producers to afford the audit costs. Developments in our Wagyu industry over the last six months is finally adding the value to the carcass that enables these costs to be absorbed by the producer.

Protokol rondom CWB Abattoirs

CWB Abattoirs:

  • Die abattoir moet aan die CWB protokol voldoen.
  • Die dier word met die genootskap RFID tag gelees en geslag d.w.s. naspeurbaarheid regdeur.
  • ‘n Warm karkas gewig word geneem.
  • Die karkas eienaar kan op 5/6 of op 12/13 rib laat slag vir vet diepte.
  • Alle karkas data, die eienaar asook die koper van die karkas word op die databasis gelaai om aan alle naspeurbaarheid behoeftes te voldoen;
  • Die karkas data word aan die teler en die kantoor verskaf.

Morgan Beef

Omdat baie van ons telers se diere by Morgan is, besoek die kantoor Morgan om op ‘n gereelde basis te sorg dat die voerkraal aan die CWB protokol voldoen. Ons gee as volg terugvoer:

  • Genootskap oorplaaitjie (RFID) nou 100% in werking. Die kantoor het dit self getoets. Morgan gebruik die nuwe Gigalot sagteware wat beide die genootskap oorplaaitjie asook hulle eie “High Frequency” oorplaaitjie (voerkraal vriendelik vir hoë volume diere) kan hanteer.
  • Morgan sal slegs diere aanvaar wat deel is van die CWB protokol.
  • Morgan sal geensins diere toelaat wat nie aan die protokol voldoen nie. U diere sal nie afgelaai word nie;
  • Slegs osse wat voor 5 maande gekastreer is asook verse sal aanvaar word.
    • Indien nie korrek gekastreer, sal Morgan ‘n veearts kry om die dier te kastreer op die boer se koste (insluitend arbeid);
  • Ten minste 30 diere vanaf ‘n boer om ‘n kraal van 50-60 diere op te maak (moet dus bereid wees om met ander boere ‘n kraal te deel) sal aanvaar word;.
  • By aankoms sal ‘n intree gewig geneem word. Wagyu staan gewoonlik tussen ‘n jaar of twee in die voerkraal. Morgan Beef sal dus ten minste elke 3 maande ‘n gewig aan die teler verskaf en op versoek van die teler, maandeliks weeg sodra die diere slaggereed word;
  • Morgan sal daarna sorg dat alle diere die nodige protokol volg tot by slaggewig.

Base/Commercial cows

The Wagyu charges you only a once-off fee for the base (commercial) cows for your F1 heifers upgrading to seedstock/stud (a standard practice in many of the societies in the stud industry). If the heifers are to be used for slaughter, they should be moved to the CWB register (no fee is charged). You must please let the office know the heifer calves that are not to be used for stud.

CWB voerkrale wat Wagyu voer

Die protokol wat op die plaas moet gebeur voordat diere na ‘n voerkraal gestuur word:

  • Bulle moet verkieslik voor ‘n ouderdom van 3 maande gekastreer wees en beslis voor 5 maande.
  • Daar moet reeds ‘n geboorte asook ‘n speengewig op die plaas geneem wees en daar moet ten minste teen 0.6 kg per GDT oor die periode groei wees.
  • Diere moet ‘n CWB oorplaatjie in die oor hê. Formaat van bestuurs oorplaatjie moet wees kudde kenmerk/jaar/nommer. Let wel, die kudde kenmerk ontbreek by sommige kuddes wat dit baie moeilik vir die voerkraal maak om u diere te identifiseer.
  • DNA moet geverifieer wees.
  • Diere moet op die databasis wees voordat hulle by die voerkraal aankom
    • ‘n Registrasie vorm asook beweging (transfer) vorm moet aan die kantoor verskaf word voor diere geskuif word vir naspeurbaarheid.
  • Voerkraal sal vereis dat u beide die CWB lidmaatskap asook CPG oudit sertifikaat verskaf.

DNA SNP profiles

We have had a good response from members taking up our offer of subsided SNP tests for Purebred and fullblood cattle. Ideally we should be SNP’ing the F1 progeny for their carcass data but realize that this might be prohibitively expensive. The offer to members to move to SNP’s for the purebreds and fullbloods, where the Wagyu Society committed R100 000 as a subsidy for one out each five tests, on a first come first serve basis has been changed to a maximum of 25 tests per producer.

SNP based DNA will give Wagyu producers in South Africa the opportunity to genotype animals that will enable easier identification of parentage, more accurate performance recording, better detection of genetic conditions as well as more accurate linkages through genetic relationships rather than just pedigrees.