The Free State Members tour was attended by members from across the country, as well as Namibia.
Tuesday, 14 February all tour members gathered at Riverside lodge Aliwal Noord where an old-school wagyu burger or cheese wagyu burger was enjoyed. Thereafter we visited Prime Wagyu which shared their long-term breeding strategy, different stages of production and the number of bulls in their bull camp with the tour. Two potjies were served for dinner wagyu oxtail and wagyu shin.
On Wednesday, 15 February, the tour made its way to Xhariep Wagyu which displayed its impressive Akaushi herd. An information session was held on RFID technology for record-keeping and an automatic animal drafter was demonstrated. In the afternoon the tour made its way to Bloemfontein to visit the embryo & bull station of Absolute Genetics. During the tour of the facility IVF respirations, sexing of semen and collection of semen were demonstrated to the group. The group retired at Maselspoort where a wagyu braai was held for dinner.
The last day of the tour on 16 February was held at A5 Wagyu Breeding farm. Presentations were given on the weather outlook for the next season, AFGRI animal feeds and the need to look at different data sources. The tour ended with a wagyu burger lunch.
We would like to thank everyone that attended the tour. Special thanks to the organizer of the tour Mr Samuel Pauw & Ms Charmaine Alberts and to the producers that opened their farm gates to the tour. Lastly to the sponsors of the wagyu beef that was enjoyed by all and the chefs that prepared the dishes.
Absolute Genetics (Wednesday lunch snacks)