A special section at the 2017 Wagyu conference in Albury, NSW, will explain how Holstein breeders can access significant premiums by joining the bottom half of their herds to Wagyu to produce F1 males and females.
The conference, which last year attracted 400 delegates in the Hunter Valley, runs from May 1 to 3 followed by a tour of Wagyu operations in north-east Victoria on May 4 and 5.
The Wagyu X Holstein segment will be on Wednesday May 3 and a special one-day registration is available for those interested in this segment only.
Themed ‘Wagyu Expansion - transforming the Australian beef industry’, the conference will serve as an introduction to the Wagyu industry for those just starting or those considering using Wagyu as well as critical information for established Wagyu breeders.
The Albury region was chosen because it is the centre of the important beef cattle producing areas in the Riverina and north-east Victoria where many herds are now using Wagyu genetics to increase returns.
It is also close to the Goulburn Valley where some dairyfarmers are producing F1 Wagyu X Holstein calves for eager buyers according to Australian Wagyu Association CEO Graham Truscott who grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Victoria’s Gippsland.
“Almost half a day will be devoted to explaining the most efficient way of getting into the Wagyu industry by using Wagyu bulls and Wagyu semen in both beef and dairy herds,” he said.
Presenters include a producer already using Wagyu genetics in a Holstein herd, buyers who will contract to buy the F1 Holstein male and female calves as bobby or reared calves and feedlotters who buy thousands of F1 Wagyu each year. They will explain the benefits and the pitfalls of F1 Wagyu breeding.
Presenters include dairyfarmer Lachie Sutherland who with his wife Rebecca operate a 400-cow Holstein dairy at Larpent near Colac in south-west Victoria.
The business has a focus on producing high quality milk at the best margin from dry land pastures. Wagyu bulls have been used for 10 years to produce F1 offspring sold on at various live weights.
“The current climate in dairying has provided plenty of challenges for our business but also some opportunities,” Mr Sutherland said.
Veteran feedlot buyer Richard Eldershaw, who was with Rangers Valley feedlot in the NSW New England for 28 years, will discuss the bloodlines that perform best in operations which feeds thousands of Wagyu sired F1 Angus and F1 Holstein.
Nick Sher of BeefCorp and Sher Wagyu, one of Australia’s largest Wagyu producers, will talk on how Sher Wagyu has developed export markets in dozens of overseas countries, the type of cattle they buy, including F1 Holsteins, and how best to go about building a Wagyu breeding enterprise.
He will explain how to develop relationships with buyers and how to protect investments in the F1 programs.
“There are buyers out there looking for Wagyu X Holstein calves with males and females bringing the same healthy premiums," he said.
"In fact one feedlots told me recently that the Wagyu X Holstein will match or even out-perform the Wagyu X Angus in growth and meat quality.”
In another segment, Lisa Sharp, MLA’s marketing mastermind will reveal what the future holds for beef of the highest eating quality, especially in the lucrative export markets.
The live export trade of F1 Wagyu to Japan provides an additional outlet and Matthew Edwards of Edwards Livestock will explain Japan’s requirements and how to become involved.
Jack’s Creek Wagyu in the Hunter Valley, NSW, has for two successive years produced the ‘World’s Best Steak‘ in an international competition. Co-principal Patrick Warmoll will reveal what is involved in producing a steak assessed the ‘best in the world’ in a field on entries for dozens of countries.
Registrations for the conference and tour can be made on www.wagyu.org.au.
For registration enquiries contact Bradley Hayden on 0412 461 392.