Wagyu beef partnership

Add value to your non-replacement calves by using semen from First Light Wagyu bulls to produce Wagyu-cross calves.

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

Wagyu-cross calf prices (2019-borns): First Light contract

Type of calf: 2019-borns

Spring calving

Autumn calving

Type of calf: 2019-borns Male or female — at least 90kg live weight

Spring calving $550 (+ $2 for each additional kg over 90kg)

Autumn calving $550 (+ $2 for each additional kg over 90kg)

Farmers who re-sign the contract for a second consecutive season receive an additional (re-sign bonus) payment of $40 per calf on top of the purchase price*.

Farmers who re-sign the contract for a third (or more) consecutive season receive an additional (re-sign bonus) payment of $50 per calf on top of the purchase price*.

*Conditions apply including minimum insemination of 10% of herd size or 40 straws; which ever is greater.

2018-born calves (i.e. contracts already in-place): 2018 calf prices apply

All prices are GST exclusive.

The calves are raised by professional calf rearers until they weigh 90kg. We then send them to First Light’s finishing farms to be raised for meat. We send the calves reared to 90kg on-farm straight to the finishing farms.

Easy calving for the bottom of your herd

Wagyu are known for their ease of calving, making Wagyu bulls a good choice to get the bottom 15% to 20% of your herd in-calf early in the mating season — fewer calving hassles and progeny you can sell for up to $550 (GST excl.).

Wagyu semen price - First Light contract

$16.45 per straw (GST excl.)

For a non-contract Wagyu option, see this year's Alpha catalogue, published April 2018.

Order Wagyu semen

Produce Wagyu-cross calves you can sell for a guaranteed price.

Contact your LIC rep

Contact your LIC rep or call our Wagyu office on 0800 793 793 to order the semen.

Order Wagyu semen

Produce Wagyu-cross calves you can sell for a guaranteed price.

Contact your LIC rep

Contact your LIC rep or call our Wagyu office on 0800 793 793 to order the semen.