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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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1000 bulls set for Stirling Bull Sales

With a total of 1169 pedigree bulls and females on the road to Stirling for the Spring Bull Sales next week, the event welcomes some bumper breed entries and the first-time auction of Japanese Wagyu embryos.

The action takes place at United Auctions’ (UA’s) Stirling Agricultural Centre across two weeks from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th February and from Monday 18th to Tuesday 19th February 2013.

The Stirling Bull Sales, held under the auspices of the national breed societies and supported by the Bank of Scotland, has a new format. The native breeds plus Limousins will be exhibited in week one with the rest of the continental breeds featuring in week two.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “The sale promises a fantastic show for quality with bulls to suit to every pocket. Virtually all the bulls have both EBV information and herd health status in the catalogues to help buyers with their choice.”

Included in the event are 180 Limousin bulls, making it the biggest entry of the breed in the history of the Sales.

At 93 entries, the Shorthorn bulls are at their largest numbers since the 1960s.

And after two decades, the Bull Sales will also see enough Herefords to enable show classes.

In a first of its kind for the event, a customer is offering for sale 18 pure Wagyu embryos from a local, recently established herd.

Husband and wife team Mohsin and Martine Al-Tajir run the Japanese breed, which produces the most expensive beef in the world, under their company Highland Wagyu based at Blackford Farms in Dunblane.

Mr Leggat continued: “We believe the sale of these Wagyu embryos is the first time that such genetic material will be offered in Scotland via auction and we’re pleased to support Highland Wagyu in this way.”

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam.

 

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

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Aberdeen Angus – Angus Stovold, Lydling Farm, Shackleford, Godalming GU8 6AP

Beef Shorthorn – Friar Thomson, 10 Ivy Road, Whitehills, Forfar DD8 3EG

Limousin – William McLaren, Muirhouses, Kirriemuir DD8 4QG

British Blue – Ian Wainwright, Todhall Farm, Dairsie, Cupar KY15 4RQ

Salers – Ian Bell, Hallbankgate Farm, Brampton CA8 2NJ

Simmental – Iain Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers IV32 7NN

Charolais – Charlie Boden, Mellor Hall Farm, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5LR

Hereford – Phil Allman, Amberley Court, Sutton St Nicholas HR1 3BX

 

Show and sale programme

Sunday 3rd February
8.30 am Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
1 pm Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Hereford bulls
Monday 4th February
8 am Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
1.30 pm Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls followed by show of Hereford Bulls
3 pm Collective sale of Aberdeen Angus females (53) followed by the sale of Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Wagyu embryos
4 pm (Or after judging) Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (35)
Tuesday 5th February
10.30 am Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (232)
2 pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (93) followed by Luing (1) & Hereford bulls (10)
3.30 pm Limousin inspection
Wednesday 6th February
8 am Show of Limousin females followed by bulls
1 pm Sale of Limousin bulls (180) followed by Limousin females (2)
Sunday 17th February
9 am Simmental bull inspection
12 noon Inspection of Salers, British Blue & Blonde d’Aquitaine bulls
12.30 pm Charolais bull inspection
4 pm Show of Salers bulls followed by females followed by British Blue bulls
5 pm Show of Simmental females
Monday 18th February
8 am Show of Simmental bulls
12 noon Sale of Salers bulls (18) followed by females (7) followed by British Blue bulls (9) followed by Blonde d’Aquitaine bulls (2)
12 noon Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1 pm Sales of Simmental females (46)
2 pm Sale of Simmental bulls (200)
Tuesday 19th February
10.30 am Sale of Charolais bulls (262) followed by Charolais females (26)

 

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.