Wagyu Sire Progeny Test Program

MailChimp-artwork--NFI-emailWagyu sire progeny test program underway

The Wagyu Sire Progeny Test Program is underway to test promising sires for feed efficiency and carcase quality, delivering the data directly into Wagyu BREEDPLAN analysis.

Whether your Wagyu herd is 10, 100 or 1000 cows, if you are breeding Wagyu bulls and are in it for the long haul, then this program is a must for you. AWA will stage three Wagyu Sire Test rounds per year – starting March, July and November. So plan your test sire progeny to hit the feedlot entry weights to suit those entry times.

The July 2016 Sire Test was fully subscribed by Darren Hamblin’s Strathdale Wagyu operation in Central Queensland.

Nine key industry sires are being tested with their 180 progeny currently in the program’s Net Feed Intake (NFI) facility at Kerwee Feedlot. Darren is keen to quickly discover the feed efficiency potential of his team of high indexing sires and receive accurate carcase data at slaughter.

“We are keen to support Kerwee as well as the industry which is set to gain so much from this project”, said Mr Hamblin who has an extensive growth and carcase database but this NFI testing will “fill in a missing part of the financial puzzle. We could have sires that are equal for growth and carcase but we have not been able to identify which one converts feed to weight most efficiently.”

The Net Feed Intake (NFI) Testing component will be ready for reporting at the Kerwee Feedlot Field Day on 14 November

The November 2016 Sire Test is now open and we are calling for test sires to be nominated and their progeny groups entered into Kerwee Feedlot for NFI testing, feed out and slaughter, with all data entered on your behalf directly into Wagyu BREEDPLAN. “The industry is hungry for proven genetics” said President Peter Gilmour. “This is by far the easiest way for members to capture this critical NFI and carcase data and get it into BREEDPLAN for accurate genetic analysis and benchmark comparison.”

This Sire Progeny Test Program is on the move. If you think you have sires with their progeny cohort groups ready to test, or just want to check out the opportunity and plan for future intakes contact Carel Teseling or Steve Martin.

Information about the project

Carel Teseling
Australian Wagyu Association
Phone: 02 6773 4222 or 0439 368 283 or send Carel an email

Steve Martin
Kerwee Lotfeeders Pty Ltd
Phone: 07 4692 2277 or 0437 569 765 or send Steve an email

Entry information

The November 2016 Sire Test is now open and we are calling for test sires to be nominated. Download an entry form hereClosing date for this cohort is 28 October 2016.


Wagyu Sire Progeny Test Program Schedule

About the program

The Wagyu breed is set to benefit immensely from Australia’s first Wagyu sire progeny test program.

Australian Wagyu Association and Kerwee Lot Feeders on Queensland’s Darling Downs have developed a comprehensive sire test program.

Kerwee has installed GrowSafe feed bins to test Net Feed Intake (NFI) to determine a sire’s progeny group’s feed efficiency. This is a first for a commercial feedlot in Australia, in two feed yards with a total capacity of 180 head. Three intakes a year can be assessed.

The first intake are all from Darren Hamblin’s Strathdale Wagyu operation. To make this first intake even more interesting for the Wagyu industry, four widely used industry link sires are among the nine sires with progeny in the first cohort. They are Industry link sires:

ITOSHIGENAMI (imp USA) IMUFQTF148 …. 57 progeny

ITOSHIGEFUJI (imp USA) IMUFQTF147 …. 7 progeny

WORLD K’S MICHIFUKU WKSFM0164 …. 23 progeny

WORLD K’S MICHITSURU WKSFU0006 …. 11 progeny

The other five sires represented in the inaugural trial have eight to 20 progeny each. At least five progeny from each of two Wagyu sires per property are required to be part of the program.

The second intake is scheduled for October/November. Each intake is restricted to 180 head and bookings are being taken now. The first cohort of 180 head will have been on feed for 100 days and the second cohort will be settling in when a Wagyu field day/workshop will visit Kerwee on Monday November 14 where the program will be explained and demonstrated in detail.

Kerwee is responsible for a 28 day settling in period, NFI testing over 70 days, custom feeding for another 350 days, regular weighing and provision of data to owners and the AWA to use in Breedplan EBV generation. At slaughter, carcase analysis will include digital imaging through a camera specially developed in Japan to assess Wagyu-type carcases for eye muscle area, marbling percentage and marbling fineness with an accuracy much greater than through AUS-MEAT or MSA visual assessment.

AWA technical services manager Carel Teseling said because Wagyu were long fed on grain, feed efficiency is crucial.

“High ranking Wagyu bulls are in demand. The early adopters of this new testing program will be the first to identify superior sires – and they will be the winners!,” said Mr Teseling. For example, 10 straws of semen for the breed’s leading Fullblood Terminal Index sire sold at the 2016 Wagyu Conference for $30,500 or $3050/straw to an overseas buyer.

“The industry is hungry for proven genetics”, he said.