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UK’s first dedicated Wagyu store to open in Scotland

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World-class chefs Albert Roux, Tom Kitchin and Pierre Koffman to help launch new venture from team behind Highland Wagyu

WHAT: Wagyu House, the first UK store dedicated to Wagyu, will be officially opened with the help of legendary chef Albert Roux and Michelin-starred chefs Tom Kitchin and Pierre Koffman who are all long-term supporters of the beef.

The new boutique high street store is the creation of husband and wife team Mohsin Altajir and Martine Chapman who are behind Highland Wagyu, the UK’s largest producer of the delicate Japanese cattle.

Mohsin Altajir, whose family owns Highland Spring, will be available with Martine Chapman for interview along with photographs at the shop as the top chefs cook with Wagyu, where you can see – and taste – for yourself what makes this beef so special.

A press release will be issued on the day.

WHY: Regarded as the world’s most expensive beef, Wagyu can fetch up to £250 per kilo. Now, Wagyu House will bring this highly marbled, tender beef to the masses with a range of products from nose to tail, including Wagyu charcuterie, burgers, pies and cuts of beef, which cater to every wallet – and are available on the high street.

WHEN: Monday 15th August 2016, 10.00-11.30am.

WHERE: Wagyu House, 16 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, Scotland. SAT NAV: FK9 4HP.

On-street parking is available.

CONTACT: Jenny Kumar of JK Consultancy on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

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Highland Wagyu in game-changing partnership with Netherton Angus

Highland Wagyu has announced a groundbreaking partnership with internationally renowned Aberdeen Angus breeders W & D McLaren Ltd of Netherton Angus that will create a game-changing Angus superherd.

In the next five years, beef breeding company Highland Wagyu is set to invest millions into a new Angus superherd, aiming for 1000 head of cattle, in their quest to be at the top of the Angus beef industry and the pedigree-breeding world.

The innovative move includes the private purchase of a majority of the Netherton herd and to run it from both Netherton Farm and Blackford Farms under the guidance of W & D McLaren with William McLaren Jr taking charge of the day-to-day running of Highland Wagyu’s Angus herd, which runs under the Mohmar prefix.

William is the fourth generation of the McLaren Angus breeding family, which this year celebrates 90 years of dedicated Angus breeding. The breeders have sold Angus genetics to every continent in the last two years alone.

Mohsin Altajir who runs Highland Wagyu with his wife Martine Chapman, said: “We don’t believe in doing anything half heartedly. We bring in the professionals and make sure we’re the best. It’s worked for our Wagyu cattle. We did what we set out to be, we are the largest in the UK and the Wagyu are so popular that top chefs are lining up to put their names on our Wagyu cattle.

“We’ve always recognised the importance of the Aberdeen Angus breed and after long and careful deliberation, we thought the best way forward is to align ourselves with the best and we found that in W & D McLaren and Netherton Angus.

“We already have some of the best Angus foundation females in our 300-strong herd and, with the international know-how of William, the resources and scale of the Highland Wagyu operation, we can build up an elite herd with genetics to cater to the markets and revive the story of Scotland being home to the best beef in the world.

“The dream is to line both sides of the A9 with black cattle from Dunblane to Gleneagles and make Scotland a destination for any Angus buyer in the world.”

George McCulloch will continue to be herd manager for Highland Wagyu’s other breeds, which include 300 head of Fullblood Wagyu, 200 Shorthorns and a fold of Highlanders to convey the Scottish brand.

Mr McLaren Jr will retain a number of females and recipients, running the Netherton and Mohmar herds together.

William McLaren Jr of Netherton Farms said: “Our family has always embraced innovation, being the first to weigh cattle in 1958 and one of the first to sell the entire adult part of our herd and this is another first with Highland Wagyu. The partnership benefits the Angus breed and the industry to build scale and diversity to breed lines for higher marbling, easy calving and fleshing and to provide both the beef and pedigree breeding that the world needs. It’s breaking new ground to unite the expertise of Netherton and Highland Wagyu in order to produce the best beef in the country.”

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Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of Highland Wagyu. For further information and photographs, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Notes to Editor

  • Picture caption – Mohsin Altajir of Highland Wagyu flanked by (l) William McLaren Snr and (r) William McLaren Jnr.
  • Netherton Farm extends to 330 acres and Netherton has been one of the top herds in the country for the past 30 years.
  • William McLaren Sr and Jr have served as Past Presidents of the Angus Society. William Sr is in the Angus hall of fame in the US and has been awarded the Hugh Watson Memorial trophy for lifetime achievement with Aberdeen Angus and the Sir William Young Award.
  • David Leggat of United Auctions carried out the cattle valuation for the partnership.

 

Highland Wagyu is a pedigree beef company, breeding premium Japanese Wagyu, Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn cattle with a mission to produce the best beef in the world from our 25,000-acre estate farm in Perthshire, Scotland. Established by husband and wife Mohsin Altajir and Martine Chapman in 2011, our ethos of quality, respect and precision underpins everything we do. Highland Wagyu sells directly to chefs. It is the largest producer of Wagyu cattle in the UK and on course to be the biggest in Europe.

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Stirling Agricultural Show boosts championship prizes with support from main sponsor Highland Wagyu

The committee of Stirling Agricultural Show is pleased to announce that prize money for the champion beef cattle, pair and champion sheep will be significantly increased at this year’s show, thanks to main sponsorship funding from Highland Wagyu.

The aim of the boosted prize money is to attract even more people to enter the event, which is the last chance for many exhibitors to show their animals ahead of the Royal Highland Show the following week.

Held at Blackgrange Field in Stirling by kind permission of the Snowie family, the annual one-day show takes place this year on Saturday 14th June 2014 and welcomes around 2500 visitors.

Mohsin Altajir, who owns and runs pedigree beef company Highland Wagyu with his wife Martine Chapman in Dunblane, has provided £2000 sponsorship funding as a main sponsor.

He said: “We’re in the fortunate position of being able to offer sponsorship funding and are more than happy to support our local agricultural show, which we’re very proud of.”

The new championship prizes will award £300 to the beef cattle champion of champions and £150 to the reserve; £100 for the overall sheep champion and £50 for the reserve while the champion pair of beef cattle will win £100 with £50 going to the reserve.

Stirling Show Chairman John Owen said: “With Highland Wagyu’s support, we’re able to offer a welcome boost in prize money that we hope will encourage more exhibitors to put forward more cattle and sheep in more classes. The funding will also help with the considerable running costs of such a big event.

“We’re delighted to have Highland Wagyu on board as main sponsors – the more we can do to expand the show, the more we can help secure its long-term future.”

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Notes to editor

Picture caption: (l-r) Martine Chapman and Mohsin Altajir of Highland Wagyu present their sponsorship funding to Stirling Show Chairman John Owen and Secretary Maureen McCulloch at Blackford Farms in Dunblane.

Issued on behalf of Stirling Agricultural Show and Highland Wagyu by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact: Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Highland Wagyu is a pedigree beef company, breeding premium Japanese Wagyu, Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn cattle with a mission to produce the best beef in the world from our 25,000-acre estate farm in Perthshire, Scotland. Established by husband and wife Mohsin Altajir and Martine Chapman in 2011, our ethos of quality, respect and precision underpins everything we do. Highland Wagyu sells directly to chefs. It is the largest producer of Wagyu cattle in the UK and on course to be the biggest in Europe.

Find us online at www.wagyu.co.uk on twitter @HighlandWagyu and on Facebook.

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Highland Wagyu buys Rawburn DoubleOSeven in private package deal

Pedigree beef breeding company Highland Wagyu has completed a deal with Rawburn to purchase renowned herd sire Rawburn DoubleOSeven as part of a package for a private six-figure sum.

Highland Wagyu, which is based at Blackford Farms’ 25,000-acre estate in Dunblane, purchased the distinguished bull with an undisclosed number of heifers, straws and embryos in the package, which they believe is a landmark deal for both businesses.

Mohsin Altajir, who owns and runs Highland Wagyu with his wife Martine, said: “We believe this is a great step in our quest to create the ultimate Aberdeen Angus herd. The Elliots are renowned amongst Angus breeders around the world and, as such, are well placed to help us achieve our mission.”

Highland Wagyu’s pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd runs at 100 cows with plans to achieve 200 in the next few years.

John Elliot Jnr of Rawburn, Roxburgh Mains in Kelso said: “We are excited about the alignment between Rawburn and Highland Wagyu. We see this as a positive step for both herds. The genetics purchased are sourced from many of our top lines and I am sure they will offer a great addition to the ambitious project at Highland Wagyu.”

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Notes to editor

Issued on behalf of Highland Wagyu by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact: Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Highland Wagyu is a pedigree beef company, breeding premium Japanese Wagyu, Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn cattle with a mission to produce the best beef in the world from our 25,000-acre estate farm in Perthshire, Scotland. Established by husband and wife Martine Chapman and Mohsin Altajir in 2011, our ethos of quality, respect and precision underpins everything we do. Highland Wagyu sells directly to chefs. It is the largest producer of Wagyu cattle in the UK and on course to be the biggest in Europe in 2014.

Find us online at www.highlandwagyu.co.uk on twitter @HighlandWagyu and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blackford-Farms-and-Highland-Wagyu/182805581821201

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PR: Scotland to be European centre of world’s most expensive beef

Scotland is set to be the home of the largest Japanese Wagyu beef production in Europe by the end of 2014 as a Perthshire farm announces a major expansion to its operation.

Highland Wagyu, owned and run by husband and wife team Mohsin and Martine Altajir from Blackford Farms a 25,000 acre estate situated in Perthshire, has acquired the entire herd of 300 Wagyu cattle from David Ismail of Fordel, Glenfarg in Perthshire for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition makes it the UK’s largest producer of Japanese Fullblood Wagyu beef, the world’s most expensive beef, which is famous for its highly marbled, tender meat that fetches up to £250 pounds a kilo.

The Highland Wagyu herd of 100 Wagyus with 150 in calf – fondly referred to as McWagyu – will be joined by the Fordel herd from next week.

The expanded operation is on course to reach 700 head of cattle by September, 1000 in the new year and around 1500 at the end of 2014.

Mohsin Altajir said: “I believe that Wagyu is the best beef in the world and the future of the beef industry in this country. We will make Scotland the Wagyu centre of Europe.

“The Fordel herd has the ultimate high grade Blackmore genetics from Australia, renowned to be the best outside Japan. David sold us our first 100% Fullblood Wagyu bulls and females to get us started two years ago and it snowballed from there, so we couldn’t let his herd go to anyone else.”

Martine Altajir said: “Wagyus are seen as delicate cattle but they’re flourishing on the Perthshire grassland. We feel it’s the best place to breed the animals and we’ve invested in creating the right buildings to house them. We’re focusing heavily on breeding fullblood Wagyu using native animals, who make excellent surrogate mothers, but we’ve also started to cross our Wagyu with other breeds on the farm with much success.”

David Ismail of Fordel said: “I am happy to see after a lot of dedication that my herd has gone to a family that are truly passionate about the Wagyu breed, and I’m sure Mohsin and Martine will be very successful in their quest to centralise Wagyu breeding in Scotland. I wish them the best of luck.”

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Issued on behalf of Highland Wagyu by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact: Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

NOTES TO EDITOR

  • Photos available on request.

About Highland Wagyu

Highland Wagyu was established in 2011 by husband and wife team Mohsin and Martine Altajir at Blackford Farms in Dunblane. Together they run the Japanese breed, which produces the most expensive beef in the world.

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Media invite: Scotland to be European centre of world’s most expensive beef

What: Highland Wagyu, run by husband and wife team Mohsin and Martine Altajir, will announce a major expansion of its operation, making it the biggest producer in the UK and on course to be the largest Japanese Wagyu beef production in Europe by the end of 2014.

The Altajirs, whose family own Highland Spring, will be available for interview and photographs at the farm where you’ll have a chance to get up close and personal with the Wagyus and find out what makes this delicate breed so special.

A press release will be issued on the day.

Why: Japanese Wagyu is the world’s most expensive beef, which is famous for its highly marbled, tender meat that fetches up to £250 pounds a kilo. It’s eaten by the rich and famous and is a must-have on the top chefs’ menus at the finest restaurants across the world.

When: Sunday, July 28th 2013 @ 10.00 am.

 

Where: Quoiggs Beef Lot (Blackford Farms), Greenloaning, Perthshire. SAT NAV: FK15 0ND

Please wear wellies or appropriate footwear for farm conditions

Directions

Northbound Stirling to Perth

Take the A9 from Keir roundabout, pass Dunblane & continue up the road under the flyover and turn left for Greenloaning. You will pass a primary school on the right and after 100 yards there is a junction. Turn left, go up and over the flyover. You will see big sheds on the left and sign for Blackford Farms/ Quoiggs Beef Lot.

Southbound Perth to Stirling

Continue from Perth south and take the right junction from the A9 to Greenloaning. You will pass a primary school on the right and after 100 yards there is a junction. Turn left, go up and over the flyover. You will see big sheds on the left and sign for Blackford Farms/ Quoiggs Beef Lot.

Contact: Jenny Kumar of JK Consultancy on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com