Wagyu Breeders Ltd farms one of the largest Wagyu herds outside of Japan. Investment in the best genetics and breeding technologies ensure that we are at the forefront of this exclusive industry.
Wagyu genetics are the key to producing what is widely recognised as the best beef in the world. Taste and tenderness are exceptional.
Wagyu Breeders has been built over the last 12 years on a base of integrated live export calf supply to the Japanese feeder market. More recently this has been complemented by chilled beef supply through our joint venture, Firstlight Wagyu. The business is run with a passion for excellence and total commitment to buyers.
Wagyu Breeders' breeding herd currently numbers 5,000 head and is made up of Wagyu 1/2 and 3/4 bred cows. The 3/4 and 7/8 Wagyu production from this source is complemented by fullblood calves produced by Embryo Transfer and 1/2 bred production from both NZ Holstein Friesian and Angus dams. Each Wagyu calf receives careful husbandry and, through our comprehensive identification system, is individually traceable from its origin in NZ to the customer overseas.
Brownrigg Agriculture's farms are the primary home of Wagyu Breeders cattle, complemented by committed breeders, sharefarmers and graziers throughout the North Island. Wagyu Breeders Ltd offers a range of attractive farmer contracts for those interested in this aspect of the business.
More recently we have invested in gene marker technology, assisting with identification of specific genes which enable marbling and tenderness in our wagyu beef. All calves are DNA sampled and electronically identified for both proof of sire and ease of on farm management.
All animals sold are accompanied by birth certificates showing herd of origin and DNA number verifying parentage wherever possible.
Traceability is a major focus for Wagyu Breeders Ltd and we take pride in being able to trace every animal from the farm to the plate.