Calf collection changes for 2018
We are making changes to our Wagyu calf collections this season to protect the national herd from M. bovis.
We are asking these farmers to keep the calves for longer so we can collect all calves from one farm in one pick-up (depending on number of calves expected) with a clean, dedicated stock truck for that farm.
We made the decision with First Light to take this precautionary approach to minimise any biosecurity risks associated with collecting and transporting animals across different farms and mixing them in the stock truck.
We will pay an additional rate for the calves to help cover the increased cost of rearing.
We understand this is an unexpected change for our farmers in this programme. We have done our best to provide options that allow this service to continue.
If you have any questions please contact us on 0800 793 793.
How the Wagyu beef partnership works
Wagyu-cross beef is in high demand internationally. Our partnership with First Light Wagyu gives dairy farmers an additional source of income while providing First Light with a source of crossbred animals to raise for meat.
We collect semen from bulls provided by First Light Wagyu, New Zealand’s leading producer of Wagyu beef.
We sell the frozen straws and enter into a contract to buy your Wagyu-cross calves for a guaranteed price