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OUR BREEDING PROGRAMS

We divide our breeding programs into four areas - Fullblood, Dairy, Polled and Red with some overlap between the groups. Number 8 Wagyu strongly believe in breeding using performance tested genetics and, while the Breedplan system is not perfect, we place significant emphasis on EBVs. However, we try to retain a balanced approach to and we will not (for example) use sires that have extreme IMF figures based largely on genomic data - particularly if other traits (such as growth) are forecast to be low.

All of our cattle have EBV's based on Ancestry and Genomics through the AWA - the Australian Wagyu Association.

Our breeding criteria for all cattle are

  • High IMF (marbling)

  • Good growth

  • High EMA (Eye Muscle Area)

  • High Marble Fineness

  • Easy Management - temperament, health, legs, feet


FULLBLOOD WAGYU

We have NZ's largest herd of registered fullbloods.

Additional breeding criteria

  • Milk production

  • 100% recorded Wagyu content


DAIRY CROSS SIRES

We aim to replace the Jersey bull as the natural mating sire of preference for dairy heifers.

Additional breeding criteria

  • Easy calving

  • Short gestation

  • Great rearability

  • 100% wagyu content


POLLED WAGYU

We believe that performance tested, polled wagyu will play an important role in the future of the breed - both with purebred wagyu and F1 dairy production. Our first potentially homozygous polled wagyu are due be born in 2024.

Additional breeding criteria

  • Homozygous polled

  • Wagyu content over 99%


RED WAGYU

We have a small number of fullblood Red Wagyu cattle - the only ones in New Zealand.

Additional breeding criteria

  • 100% recorded Wagyu content