Certified Wagyu Beef is at the Hong Kong Food Expo

Certified Wagyu Beef is exhibiting at the Hong Kong Food Expo on 17 – 19 August 2023. The decision to become an exhibitor at this international food fair was made to support our members with their endeavours to export Wagyu. Exporting remains one of the top priorities of CWB and the Society to create price parity in the market. The experience of the event will be shared on our social media platforms. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram @wagyusa.

Wagyu SA Conference 2023

The Society is excited to announce that our conference & AGM will be held from 6 – 8 September 2023 at Allee Bleue Wine Estate, Franschhoek. The theme of the conference is ‘Dive in with Wagyu’, and we look forward to showcasing some interesting features Wagyu has to offer. There will be no virtual component or Sale at the conference this time. As usual, we will present an Inspection course the day before, on the 6th of September 2023, at L’Omarins. The inspection course must be attended by all new Society members to avoid compulsory inspection of cattle in the coming year.

Our AGM is scheduled to take place, at 4 pm on the 6th of September 2023 at Alle Bleue. Documentation for the AGM has been circulated via email, please let the office know if you have not received it.  The conference program and entry forms will be distributed shortly. The Society has 2 positions to fill on the board during the AGM. Please complete the board nomination form and send it to the office before the 28th of August 2023. Note that the form must be signed by two members to be accepted as a valid nomination.

For booking and enquiries, please contact Charmaine Alberts at palberts@telkomsa.net.

Wagyu Sponsors

The Society has always provided its members with the opportunity to benefit from the promotional events the Society participates in. As these opportunities are limited the Society provides its sponsors with the first option to utilize these opportunities. This includes sales of beef, biltong & droëwors. As well as collaborating with the Society on its social media platforms. The Society has four sponsorship categories, each with certain added benefits. These categories are Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. For more information, you can contact Elandri directly at elandri@wagyu.org.za. Or visit our website at https://wagyu.org.za/forms-reports/ under 8. Become a Wagyu Sponsor.

Breeding Tools 101: What are EBV’s?

The Breed Improvement & Product Support Committees have put together an easy-to-understand manual for members. This is the first in a series of manuals to be released throughout the following months. Breeding Tools 101 illustrates what exactly contributes to creating EBVs. This helpful tool will guide you to not only understand EBVs but also how to use EBVs in your herd.

You can download the manual from the Wagyu website by following the link https://wagyu.org.za/manuals-breedplan/

Commencement of CPG Audits 2023

CPG will commence with the annual audits for 2023 starting in March. Last year the audits were carried out online due to FMD. However, this year audits will be carried out on-site. Please take note of the following:

  • All CWB members are to be audited annually.
  • Action taken to correct findings from previous audits must be shown. Send an email to tumisang@wagyu.org.za if you have not received your previous audit report.
  • An audit can only be postponed once.
  • To decrease the travel cost of the auditor, audits are scheduled on route. If an audit was postponed the member will be solely responsible for the travel cost of the auditor.
  • The office will send out the scheduled audit dates via email.
  • The CPG auditor will contact the member to confirm the time of the audit by latest a week before the audit is to take place.

Members who do not show up for their scheduled audit automatically fail the audit. A subsequent audit will be scheduled, and both the failed and subsequent audits will be billed to the member. To prevent a failed audit due to lack of attendance, contact the CWB office as soon as possible:

  • Check when your audit is scheduled and set a reminder for yourself.
  • Notify CWB immediately if your contact details or the contact person have changed.
  • Notify CWB in writing if you are unable to attend the audit for any reason. The notice must be given at least 2 weeks before the audit is scheduled to take place. Note that the audit can only be moved once.
  • Notify CWB if the auditor has not contacted you at least one week in advance telephonically or via email to confirm the date and time of the scheduled audit.
  • Familiarize yourself with the criteria of CWB that apply to your business. The CWB audit booklet can be downloaded at https://wagyu.org.za/manuals-breedplan/
  • If you are unsure about any of the requirements you can contact CWB directly or schedule a farm visit before the audit. To schedule a farm audit please send an email to tumisang@wagyu.org.za.
  • Notify CWB immediately on the day of the audit if the auditor has not contacted you and failed to carry out the audit, to avoid being billed for a failed audit due to lack of attendance.

Compliance with the CWB protocol, as well as the successful completion of the audit, remains the responsibility of all CWB members. The office is available to assist with any enquiries. As well as making farm visits before the start of the audit. Contact Tumi in the office by email at tumisang@wagyu.org.za or by phone at +27514921852. The auditors (CPG) can also be contacted by email at elizra@ltlgroup.global or auditor16@ltlgroup.global and by phone at +27 10 010 0685 or +27 76 145 9149.