30th June 2024

Sumo Wagyu



Australia’s Premier foundation Wagyu herd. 1456 Wagyu cows, heifers and select bulls: 974 Females, 384 Bulls, 14 Sires, 41 Female Calves & 43 Bull Calves

For Sale, by expressions of interest closing 30 June 2024

Established in 1991, Sumo Wagyu entered the Livestock industry with the goal of producing the most genetically elite Wagyu herd outside of Japan.

A herd rivalled as one of the true pioneers of the Australian Wagyu Industry. Sumo Wagyu’s seedstock operation of 1400 premium Wagyu’s is situated in Grafton in the Northern Rivers region.

With a commitment to quality and genetic evaluation since the original Takeda Farm import in 1997, Sumo Wagyu foundation genetics were selected based on superior phenotypical confirmation (large frames, flat back and high milk production) along with a genetic analysis of outstanding carcass results achieved at the Tokyo Meat markets and the famous national Zenkyo carcass competition.
Sumo Wagyu’s initial Takeda Farm selection comprised of six cow families:

Hikohime, Chiyotake, Hikokura, Kensei, Aizakura, Dai 2 Kinntou and five sires
ltohana 38/1, ltohana 38/2, Kikuhana 37 /1, Kikuhana 37 /2, Terutani 40/1

The Sumo herd has produced some of the most elite and prized progenies of the Australian Wagyu herd. With the majority of the Sumo herd ranked in the top 20% of all full blood Wagyu animals according to selection indices, Sumo Wagyu has continued to honour founder Simon Coates’s mission to establish ‘One of the most elite Wagyu herd’s (outside of Japan) in the Western World today’.


The full list of the herd is still being finalised, please contact the selling agents to add your name to the list to have the details emailed to you when available.

Bruce Birch 0428 363 063
Blake O’Reilly 0448 213 668
Andrew Summerville 0429 620 362

Bruce Birch

SMO 0428 363 063 [email protected] Grafton
New South Wales 2460


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  • EBVs are derived using Wagyu Single Step BREEDPLAN technology developed independently by the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), using the information contained within the AWA database.
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  • Prefectural content is based on the estimation of prefectural origin from Japanese breeding records of 201 foundation sires and 168 foundation dams.  As genotype-based parent verification is not used in Japan, and full Japanese registration certificates are not available for all foundation animals, exact prefectural composition for these sires and dams cannot be validated.
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