On the back of last year's hugely successful event, we will again be running the Royal Smithfield Wagyu Ribs Competition at Countryside Live, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Please see Wagyu News section for schedule and entry form. Closing Date 5th October.
Eurotier, which takes place in Hannover, Germany, will once more host a British Livestock presence. Held every two years, this is the world’s largest indoor agricultural exhibition boasting 150,000+ visitors and over 2,300 exhibitors – half of which are international companies. As such, Eurotier provides UK companies with a platform for promoting their sector to a global market.
This year’s Irish National Ploughing Championships are being held in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly, Republic of Ireland 20th – 22nd September. British beef, sheep and pig breeding associations as well as genetics companies are invited to display literature at this prestigious event which last year saw an attendance in excess of 280,000 with over 1,500 exhibitors.
The Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) will again have a stand at the National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo be held in Bakewell on 20th May with farm tours and a gala dinner taking place on the 19th.
Thew Wagyu Breeders Association have taken a stand at the Borderway Agri-Expo on Fri 30 Oct, Rosehill, Carlisle, CA1 2RS. If you are coming to the show make sure you come via the WBA stand and say hello.
Admission to the Borderway Agri Expo and Borderway Parking is free for all exhibitors, sponsors, media and visitors.
Full details to follow...
Held annually to celebrate everything good about food, over 300 delegates will be in attendance from across the food industry with a large majority being chefs from the hospitality sector. Wagyu Breeders Association Member Steve Ramshaw will be presenting ‘The Story of British Wagyu’ with a purebred Wagyu cow and calf alongside an Angus cow with a Wagyu-sired calf at foot focusing on improving the eating quality of beef. Steve will be emphasising the benefits of breeding Wagyu cattle to produce tender, fine-grained beef with high IMF to highlight the health benefits of this as a source of ‘good’ fat.
‘The Story of British Wagyu’ will be one of the highlights at this year’s Universal Cookery and Food Festival (UCFF) to be held at
Vallum Farm, East Wallhouses, Newcastle Upon Tyne on Wednesday 23rd September 2015.
A European Wagyu Gala is being held in Muester, Germany, 11-12th September 2015. Organised jointly by the Muensterland Wagyu Association & WWS Germany, the two-day event includes an auction (45 lots), cookery demonstration, Wagyu Gala Dinner and after-sale party. Further information and how to book can be found by clicking here.
The Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) will be holding a Spring Conference in and around York from Thursday 21st to Fri 22nd May 2015. The dates have been chosen to fit in with The National Beef Association’s Beef Expo to be held at York Auction Centre on the Thursday where the Association will welcome Wagyu enthusiasts onto its Breed Society stand.
Since the Association’s launch back in November, the Directors have been working hard to put together an attractive package for WBA Members to include: registration of pure and crossbred stock; DNA sire verification and certified Wagyu scheme; branded tagging - all aimed at maintaining the integrity - and high value - of the Wagyu beef product. News and exciting progress of our work will be announced at the Spring Conference on Friday 22nd May.
The WBA Spring Conference presents an ideal opportunity to meet with Members and explain the forward work of the Association. WBA are keen to involve every link in the chain so a fundamental part of the event will be to welcome as many potential customers as possible: from farm shops to butchers, and chefs to restaurateurs, the goal being to work together to promote and grow the interest in Wagyu throughout the UK.
Programme and Timings:
Please find below the full programme and timings for the Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) Spring Conference to be held in and around York 21-22 May. Participants will be able to see first-hand the new web-enabled interface incorporating tagging, DNA and linking to the registration/performance-recording facility of the Australian Wagyu Association. Key to this rounded approach lies the marketing of Wagyu beef under the 'British Wagyu' brand backed up by the rigours of DNA testing combined with tamper-proof sample storage and life-time traceability. Exclusive to WBA Members, this joined-up package also 'ticks the boxes' of being cost-effective, secure and simple-to-use for breeders and producers. Sponsors will also be present either with stands or putting on practical demos on the Friday. These include: Grass Science, Caisley, TL Biolabs, Harbro, RAFT Solutions & Kelvin Cave. A number of existing or prospective WBA Members have registered to attend but limited places are still available if you would like to find out about Wagyu cattle or beef - renowned as the World's finest tasting!
Thurs 21 May
WBA stand within National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo, York Auction Centre, Murton Lane, York, YO19 5GF. Please note there is a charge by NBA for entry to the event. Open to public 9am-5pm. Joint stand with Yorkshire Wagyu Co.
Fri 22 May
WBA Spring Conference, c/o Jonathan Shepherd's 500-head mainly commercial Wagyu enterprise at Field House Farm, Huggate Road, Tibthorpe, Nr Driffield, YO25 9JZ
10.00 (refreshments) Chairman's Welcome followed by Jonathan Shepherd's Introduction to the farm
10.30 WBA Director Jim Bloom reports on Wagyu World Conference held in Australia 8-10 May. Q&A
1100 Caisley Presentation (Geno FlexoPlus tissue punch tag) followed by Q&A
11.30 TL Biolabs Presentation (new web-enabled interface) followed by Q&A
13.00 Lunch/Chef demo
13.30 Farm Walk & practical tagging demo at Rearing Unit
14.30 Drive to Growing Unit (optional visit to view Lucerne crop)
This invitation is open to all interested farmers, breeders, farm shops, chefs, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, caterers and so on. All Welcome! Please email click here or telephone Company Secretary Richard Saunders on 07901-768904 to register.
An invitation is extended by the Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) to all British Wagyu Breeders and enthusiasts to attend the World Wagyu Conference to be held in Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia 8-10 May 2015. This will be followed by the Pride of Australia Wagyu Outback Tour 10-13 May.
Rob Cumine, who farms several hundred Wagyu down in West Wales with Will Pritchard and is Head of Agriculture for Coles the biggest supermarket in Australia will be one of the main speakers at the conference. Rob, who farms under the ‘Natural Wagyu’ banner gave an excellent paper at the W.B.A launch at Church Farm, Tetbury last November and spoke very highly of the way the Australian Wagyu Association was developing Wagyu meat worldwide. For full information on the World Wagyu conference, including a full programme and details on how to register click here.
Representing the Wagyu Breeders Association at the conference will be Board Member, Jim Bloom who will attend the World Wagyu Conference with his Father and very well known cattleman Jim Bloom. They will both be recounting about their trip on May 22 and the Wagyu Breeders Association Spring Conference at Jonathon Shepard's Farm at Field House Farm, Huggate Rd. Tibthorpe, Driffield YO25 9J2.
The Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) launch will take place on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at the Hare & Hounds Hotel, Westonbirt, Bath Road, Tetbury, Glocs, GL8 8QL commencing 9.15am. It will be preceded by an informal 'Wagyu & Wine' reception at Church Farm, Long Newnton, Tetbury, GL8 8RS on the Tuesday from 7-9pm. A series of papers on the Wednesday morning encompassing the aims of the WBA, rearing and feeding, marketing and genetics will be followed by a BBQ lunch, Farm Walk and scanning demonstration at Church Farm. Full details are to be found i the FEATURES section on our homepage.