Starting a wagyu farm

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Starting a wagyu farm

Hi everyone,
I’ve been a member on here for a while but I’m pretty sure this is my first post.

This is a bit of a long post but to answer my main question you will need a brief overview of where I’m at and what my intentions are.

Anyhow, I have been trying to get a bit of a wagyu breeding operation underway for some time now, with most of the time spent getting the genetics we want. We started with an Angus heifer and AI’d here with our chosen full blood Wagyu genetics. She had a female calf (an F1) which we AI’d at 24 months with selected full blood wagyu genetics. She has since given birth to a bill calf (F2).

We are now planning on the follow for which I require some advice or constructive criticism;
1. Buy 200-300 acres of property which can sustain atleast 60 breeders in a nice, scenic, cold part of Australia with good rainfall and few days over 30 degrees.
2. Buy 50 head of F2 or F3 heifers from a selected genetics to then put our F2 bill over to them be left with our table/ sale animal.

My questions are this;
Q1. Where in Australia meets the above criteria? (We’re prepared to go just about anywhere).
Q2. Are there any obvious flaws in my plan with property and breeding?

Additional info: We will be looking to spend around $1.5m on property and $50-100k on cattle.

Thanks in advance for any advice/ input

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Last seen: 04/18/2021 - 10:16
Joined: 02/28/2011 - 14:19

Hi Aussie,

Welcome to the group and thanks for posting.

Q1, if you are looking for high rainfall and days with <30 degrees I think you would need to be looking at snowy mountains area in NSW, high altitude areas in Victoria or Tasmania. A cow with a calf will be around 15 DSE, so 900 DSE across 125 hectares or 7.2 DSE/Ha plus progeny seems resonable for high rainfall with improved pastures. There will be a large difference (probably 50%) in the carrying capacity of a farm if it is unimproved (native pastures and no fertiliser) compared to a farm with improved pastures and where fertiliser has regularly been applied.

Q2, I have very little experience with breeding Wagyu's so am unable to provide any advice.

We also have an active Facebook discussion group and I have shared your post there for members comments and feedback, you can find it at the link below
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FarmStyle

Regards,
Charlie

 

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