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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Wagyu bull’s semen sells for €5,800/straw

Semen from a Wagyu bull sold for $6,000/straw, which is equivalent to €5,800 based on today’s currency conversion rates, at an auction this month.

According to Wyndford Wagyu in the UK, buyers forked out that four-figure sum for units at the Passion for Prime sale in Kansas, USA, on June 11th, 2022.

They have described Wyndford Toguni 308H as “the world’s number one marble score bull”.

Figures show that the April-2020-born horned, full-bred black bull –a blend of American and Australian genetics – is a “superior” meat quality bull with a top 1% marble score (+3.9), marble fineness of +0.54 and a tenderness score of 4.

He is out of Mayura L0010, a Itoshigenami JNR (ADBFA0139) son, who is predominantly from the Tajima bloodline of the Hyogo Prefecture, best known for their “superior” meat quality.

On the other hand, his dam, LMR Ms Kitaguni 6301D, is from a line of proven superior meat quality sires.

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These include Itoshigenami 148 (IMUFQTF148), World K’s Michifuku (WKSFM0164) and World K’s Kitaguni JR (WKSFP0001).

Commenting on his pedigree, the breeders said:

“It is, therefore, [of] no surprise that he brings extremely balanced EBVs with great marble score, EMA, and weights. He also contributes to great conformation and beautiful top lines.”

“He is currently weighing in higher than his EBVs, making him a very exciting bull,” the spokesperson added.

According to the breeders, his sire added weight to the matting, while “exceptional” meat quality traits trace their roots to his dam’s side.

They claim that he offers marbling, positive weights, and a maternal line that provides an outcross.

Sire progeny testing scheme

They described Itoguni 308H as a “tremendous” bull, that is currently enlisted in the Australian Wagyu Association’s Sire Progeny Testing Scheme.

As a result, they “hope” his figures will improve further with the addition of progeny carcass data.

According to Wyndford Wagyu, his first progeny arrived on the ground last week.

The firm currently has links with service providers worldwide to store and ship its Wagyu genetics.

Breeding Wagyu

According to a spokesperson, semen is currently stored in the EU, the UK, the USA, and Australia.

Wyndford Wagyu claims to have invested in some of the “world’s best” Wagyu genetics, since its establishment in 2018, and is involved in global semen and embryo sales.

Its objective is to become the “finest” full-blood Wagyu breeding unit in Europe.

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