‘Genuine, fresh, juicy and delicious are just a few words to describe our Wagyu beef. We are proud to announce that Protea Reserve Wagyu Co succeeded to win the grain-fed category and also to become be the overall winner of the Beef Brands Challenge 2021 sponsored by the SA Feedlot Association (SAFA) and the African […]
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1: Why breed Wagyu ?
According to Washington State University, “Wagyu beef is the highest quality meat in the world”. Its tenderness, flavour and heavy marbling give the steak its satisfying mouthfeel. It is the feeling of the meat melting in your mouth like butter that really makes Wagyu beef an outstanding culinary experience. Chances are you’ve heard of the term ‘wagyu’ or seen it on a menu – as the ubiquitous lip-smacking burger or perhaps as a cut of steak.
Marbling in Wagyu beef contributes markedly not only to tenderness and juiciness but importantly to taste. There is a real opportunity in South Africa for domestic producers to raise their herds to the level of quality beef that is growing in demand around the world including, South Africa. The mission on the South African Wagyu Society is to “Wagyu South Africa’s mission is to transform the South African beef industry to be highly profitable with consumers demanding and enjoying a premium eating experience. “. Simply put, we would like every South African to experience the magic that is Wagyu beef.
2: Breeding and developing a Wagyu herd
There are many producers who are using Wagyu bulls or who have Artificially Inseminated (AI) many of their commercial animals with Fullblood or Purebred Wagyu semen, and are looking at the opportunity to grade up over time to become a purebred herd, or to remain a commercial herd but command a premium price for their cattle (with a 50% Wagyu content). This article describes the process that producers can follow to either breed to a Fullblood or Purebred Wagyu herd or remain a commercial producer. Read More
3: Where can I buy the Wagyu Product?
Most leading retailers in South Africa sell Wagyu. Wagyu is also sold in many of the country’s leading butcheries. Look out for the Certified Wagyu Sticker to ensure that the product is authentic Wagyu. For a supplier list and online sales click here.
5: Please Explain the Certified Wagyu Beef Program
The Certified Wagyu Beef Program has been developed to ensure that all sectors of the Wagyu supply chain:
- ensure product integrity
- provide a consistent message to consumers regarding Wagyu beef as a product
- provide the Wagyu industry with the opportunity to market and brand the Wagyu product appropriately and
- protect the investment made by Wagyu South Africa members.
Using the DNA Wagyu content test, the Certified Wagyu Beef Program also assures Wagyu breed content in all sectors of the Wagyu supply chain as per the below. For more details on the program. Read More
6: How do I submit data to the Society?
There are three ways for producers to submit data to the Society.
- For larger herds (above 50 breeding cows) a herd management programs such as HerdMASTER (a BREEDPLAN product with a support office in South Africa).
- For smaller herds (less than 50 breeding cows) a Society Excel form for a) birth notifications, b) weights and traits and c) mating lists can be found here.
7: Is the Wagyu Beef Industry Sustainable ?
The development of the Wagyu breed has been nothing short of spectacular and Wagyu cattle can now be found in 38 countries. The largest Wagyu population is still in Japan. A total of only about 200 full-bloods were shipped abroad in the late 70’s but it was enough to develop purebred herds in Canada, Australia and the United States. The introduction of the Wagyu Internationally has forever changed the beef industry and will do so in South Africa as well. If Wagyu penetrates only 5% of the South African market it will required 30 000 Seedstock (Stud) animals and 700 000 commercial animals. In a country such as Australia, Wagyu already makes up 5-10% of the content of all breeds. Read More
8: When should I weigh and record my animals ?