Wagyu Sale Set For 27 August

The second annual Elite Wagyu Sale will take place at Hexham on Tuesday 27th August 2019 commencing 2pm. Official Wagyu Breeders Association Sale in association with Hexham & Northern Marts. Further information including schedule and entry form available during June via the homepage News Section or through www.hexhammart.co.uk.


Countryside Live again played host to the Royal Smithfield Club Wagyu Ribs competition at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate 20-21 October 2018.

Wagyu Ribs 1st-3rd

Wagyu Ribs 1st-3rd

Under Judge Ben Turnbull, Head Butcher at Fodder, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Farm Shop, the Wagyu Championship went to Andrew Knowles of Trenchmore Wagyu, West Sussex with a Wagyu x Sussex steer born August 2016. With a carcase weight of 356.8kg, the Judge commented that it had ‘very good marbling without being over fat.’ Standing Reserve was Warrendale Wagyu, E Yorks with a May 2016-born Wagyu x Holstein steer with a deadweight of 393.4kg described as ‘well-butchered with a good eye muscle , good marbling and nice fat cover.’ In third place was James Allen of Riverside Wagyu, W Sussexwith a 347kg Wagyu x Angus heifer born April 2016.

Judge Ben Turnbull (R) with Paul Nicholson & Connor Gillan (Bishop Burton College)

Judge Ben Turnbull (R) with Paul Nicholson & Connor Gillan (Bishop Burton College)

Grateful thanks are extended to sponsors Delta Wagyu and the Wagyu Breeders Association together with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society & Royal Smithfield Club..

Countryside Live Royal Smithfield Wagyu Ribs Competition 20-21 October

Delighted to announce that we will be holding a Wagyu Ribs Competition again this year at Countryside Live, Harrogate, North Yorkshire from Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st October 2018 in association with the Royal Smithfield Club. This proved a great showcase for the breed last year when rugby star Mike Tindall assisted with the judging duties. Please click HERE for the schedule and entry forms. Closing date 5th October. Good luck!



Hexham Auctioneer Drew Patrick opens the sale

Hexham Auctioneer Drew Patrick opens the sale

 Cow & Calf outfit makes 13,000gns

Females average £6,352

Embryos level at £868 apiece with top price of 1,200gns

The first official Collective Wagyu Sale in the UK saw a top price of 13,000gns and a good trade for live animals, semen and embryos. Hexham & Northern Marts (HNM) teamed up with the Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) on Saturday 30th June at the Tynedale Farmers Suite, Hexham, to present one of the UK’s first ‘virtual’ sales without animals present, with purchasers able to buy either in person or online.


Heading the trade at 13,000gns for Delta Wagyu, High Warrendale Farm, Warter, York was a Buyers Choice Lot of one of three 2015-born Fullblood Warrendale Wagyu heifers sold with their Peppermill Grove-sired heifer calf at foot – with the buyer invited on-farm after the sale to make their final selection. The Australian-bred Peppermill Grove is one of only two sons available worldwide of the top-ranking Breedplan bull Mayura Itoshigenami Jnr who sired the $AUS185,000 Poll Wagyu Midnight M0775 who sold at the May 2018 Wagyu Edge Conference, Australia. Peppermill Grove has a Terminal Carcase Index of +$381 (breed average +$150) which combines Carcase Weight and Marble Score EBV. The top-priced lot went to an undisclosed buyer who bought over the internet.

Commenting on the Sale, WBA Director Steve Ramshaw said: “There was a real buzz about our first sale with a big audience both in person and online looking to get into Wagyu breeding and reap the rewards of its premium marbled meat. We are seeing a lot of new breeders wanting to capitalise on the recent growth of Wagyu with its year-on-year 50% increase in cattle numbers as well as dairy and suckler farmers looking to diversify.”

Next best at 4,200gns was the Fullblood heifer Uprising Flora from Uprising Properties Ltd, Park Farm, Ashill, Bishopsteignton, Devon which went under the hammer to new breeders Messrs M & K Chippendale, Wharton Hall, Wharton, Kirkby Stephen. Sired by Uprising Kobe Akihito and out of Tyddewi FH6996, this September-2015 born bulling heifer has strong maternal and milk traits.

Leading the bulls was the 3,500gns paid by dairy farmers Messrs DI & HGB Evans, Parc Cynog Farm, Pendine, Carmarthen for the September 2015-born Fullblood bull American Marine consigned by Earl Stonham Farms, Whissels Ground, Creeting St Mary, Suffolk. His sire is Lake Wagyu C87 and dam Oasis Senaka J62 making this young bull a strong all-rounder for growth, milk and marbling.

Embryos enjoyed a solid trade with 11 averaging £869. Leading bid was the 1,200gns paid per embryo for 4 embryos pairing Sumo Michifuku F126 (sire) with Westholme K5035 (dam). This combination gives a Marble Fineness EBV & Terminal Carcase Index (+$336) in the top 5% of the breed worldwide. Purchasers were Messrs Chippendale.

Topping the semen market, which again enjoyed a good trade, was Peppermill Grove from Delta Wagyu which realised 100gns per straw for 10 straws and was knocked down to Philip Maddocks, Chadwell Park Farm, Newport, Shropshire.

The Sale was preceded by a short conference which began with the WBA’s Richard Saunders talking about the tremendous opportunities awaiting new breeders getting into Wagyu. Steve Ramshaw of Northumbrian Wagyu then gave his experiences of breeding, feeding and finishing. This was followed by Rob Cumine explaining the philosophy behind the Natural Wagyu business he runs in West Wales with his partner Will Prichard as well as his experiences of bloodlines and Breedplan performance recording gained in Australia. Finally, Mark Boland of Paragon Vets talked about how to effectively use embryo transfer technology in Wagyu breeding.

Grateful thanks are extended to auctioneer Drew Patrick and his team at HNM, sponsors Paragon Vets, Davidsons Animal Feeds, Armstrong Watson & Intake Veterinary Services. Thanks also go to Steve Bennett of Wagyu International, one of the foremost authorities on Wagyu seedstock, for providing in-depth breeding notes within the catalogue. A charity auction of Wagyu meat kindly put up by Northumbrian Wagyu made £300 for the Air Ambulance.


4 Females £6,352

2 Bulls £2,992

11 Embryos £869

70 Semen Straws £78

Auctioneer: Hexham & Northern Marts

Catalogue Available for Hexham Wagyu Sale 30th June

The catalogue is now available for the inaugural Wagyu Sale to be held at Hexham Mart on 30th June commencing 3pm. We are delighted to offer you 50 Wagyu Fullblood, Purebreed and F1 (first cross Wagyu-sired) Lots comprising bulls, females, cows with calf at foot, semen, embryos, crossbred heifers and steers. To receive a copy of the catalogue, please call HNM on 01434-605444 or follow the link http://hexhammart.co.uk/pdf-download.php?s=d&id=195


The Schedule & Entry Form are now available for the WBA's first official sale to be held at Hexham & Northern Marts on 30th June. Closing Date 30th May.


UK Elite Sale

Wagyu Fullblood, Pure and F1 Animals,

Embryos and Semen

30th June 2018

Entries Close 30th May

Held at Tynedale Farmer Function Suite, Hexham Mart, Tyne Green, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3SG

Entry form and Schedules available from Hexham Mart office 01434 605444 or www.hexhammart.co.uk or by clicking the 'Schedule & Entry Form' link above. 


Sale Foreword

It gives me great pleasure to be involved in the UK’s first Wagyu Breeders Association sale held on the 30th June at Hexham Auction Mart in the Tynedale Farmers Function Suite.

The sale will be different because it will be a virtual sale with no livestock present on sale day. All information and photos shall be given on each lot within the catalogue.

The sale shall commence at 3pm in the Tynedale Function Suite

All lots shall be displayed and sold on a projector screen

Bidding can be done either over the phone, online or through an agent if the potential purchaser is unable to attend the sale. 

Any further please feel free to contact Auctioneer Drew Patrick on 07854361967.  

Important Notice to Vendors

  • No stock shall be present at the sale
  • Lots to be sold with details displayed on a projector screen            
  • The vendor has the right to place a reserve price
  • Entry fee of £25 plus VAT (£30) per lot (VAT Registration No. 176 1745 46)
    • Cheques payable to Hexham Auction Mart
    • BACs details Sort Code: 309419; Account Number: 00075242
  • All live animals must be sound and healthy prior to movement to purchaser
  • It is the purchaser’s responsibility to organise the transport and movement of the live animals
  • All animals sold subject to TB rules and regulations 
  • Reserve Prices: Vendors have the right to refuse to accept the final bid for their animals.  
  • All Pedigree animals shall be sold in guineas (105 pence) and a commission of 7% will be charged by the Auctioneers on all sales. No animal may be sold privately before being passed through the auction ring and full commission will be charged on the sale of any animal sold by private treaty after the auction. Such transactions must pass through the auctioneers’ office, with both office staff and auctioneers being notified.  

Sale Conditions

The sale will be conducted under the conditions of sale recommended for the use by The Livestock Auctioneers’ Association Ltd and can be found on the mart’s website or on the main wall in the mart office. The following conditions shall also be applied by Hexham and Northern Marts and the Wagyu Breeders Association to ensure and create a high level of standards and assurance.

1.       All Wagyu Fullblood animals and donors to be registered with Australian Wagyu Association or the American Wagyu Association   

2.      Embryos – the purchaser is responsible for transfers and any fees that maybe applied. Bidding shall be PER EMBRYO. Embryos to be sold as buyers’ risk

3.      Semen – the purchaser is responsible for transfers and any fees that maybe applied. Bidding shall be PER STRAW.

4.       Live Animals – All animals must be healthy and sound on the date of the sale. As no Live Animals shall be present at the sale, the purchaser shall have a 14 days guarantee period after the sale of health and soundness. This should give sufficient time for transportation to be organised for the animal between holdings.

a.      All soundness and guarantees of fertility can be found within the LAA conditions of sale

5.      Pre – Sale Inspections – No animals shall be present at the sale with photographs and breeding information provided in the catalogue and online catalogue. All live animals shall be located at the vendor premises if stated otherwise. Embryo and Semen storage shall be disclosed in the catalogue. The delivery and transportation of all lots (live animals, Embryos and Semen) is the BUYERS’ responsibility.

6.      Genetic Conditions – All DNA testing results shall be disclosed within the catalogue. These will determine the lots status and whether it is DNA tested free or “free by pedigree” of B3, CHS, CL16 and F11.

7.      Export eligibility – It shall indicate if lots are eligible for overseas export. Prospective buyers should check with relevant authorities prior to the sale. The Auctioneers accept no responsibility for the ability of any lot to be exportable.  

8.      How to bid on lots – All potential buyers must register with Hexham and Northern Marts prior the sale via telephone or by email. Details can be found on the front of the catalogue. Registered bidders can bid live at the sale by attending, by telephone or via a nominated agent.

9.      Bidding variations – Lots are sold in the following manner;

                                                                                        i.      Live cattle – sold as per lot

                                                                                      ii.      Semen – sold per straw

                                                                                    iii.      Embryo – sold per embryo


The Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) in partnership with Hexham & Northern Marts (HNM) will be holding its first official Breed Society Sale at Hexham Mart, Northumberland on Saturday 30th June 2018.

Known for its highly-marbled, premium beef this is the first sale of its kind in the UK with entries open to Full Members of the WBA which was established in 2014 to represent breeders in Britain & Ireland. A selection of top bloodlines will be made available with the sale expected to comprise in-calf heifers, recipients with embryo calves at foot, breeding bulls, semen and embryos.

In announcing the sale, WBA Director Steve Ramshaw says: "This is a great opportunity for new and existing breeders to buy into some top bloodlines based on prominent US & Australia genetics. There are great rewards to be had in producing Wagyu which is renowned as the world's best beef with tremendous returns possible throughout the supply chain." There will be an online bidding facility for those not able to get to the market on the day with a Pedigree Reader in attendance to guide prospective purchasers through the lots.

Adds HNM auctioneer Drew Patrick: " Our company is delighted and extremely excited to hold the first UK Elite Sale of Wagyu genetics here at Hexham, the first of its kind in Britain. The breed's profile is growing dramatically within the food and farming media for its superb eating quality. The demand for Wagyu genetics is increasing especially with those farmers who are looking to diversify their current beef enterprises."

Schedules and entry forms will be available shortly from Hexham Mart or online at www.britishwagyu.co.uk. For all sale enquiries, please contact HNM Auctioneer Drew Patrick on 07854 361967 or drew.patrick@hexhammart.co.u

Australian Wagyu Association Conference & Tour 2-6 May 2018

The Australian Wagyu Association 2018 Wagyu Edge conference and tour is to be held between the 2nd and 6th of May.  This year the conference will be held in Mackay, Queensland which is situated next to the Great Barrier Reef with easy access through local ports for recreational activities (diving, fishing, swimming).  They also have a post-conference tour through a region of Australia with large numbers of Fullblood and Purebred Wagyu (more than 100,000) across local properties. Please click here on the flyer to get more information on how to book. 

Please note, there is an Early Bird booking discount until 16th March. Why not extend your stay in Oz and take in Beef 2018 at Rockhampton 7-11 May?