From 01 September 2021, CRV will exclusively sell NZ Wagyu’s Black Origin Wagyu semen straws to New Zealand farmers. Until now, farmers have purchased semen directly from NZ Wagyu.
Farmers’ purchase of Black Origin Wagyu semen includes an agreement for NZ Wagyu to buy the resulting Wagyu-cross calf for a fixed premium price, agreed at the time of mating.
Wagyu beef is widely recognised as the world’s most premium beef, famous for its flavour and melt-in-your-mouth texture.
CRV managing director James Smallwood says we are seeing increased interest from New Zealand dairy farmers to reduce their bobby calf numbers while also adding value to calves that are not being bred as herd replacements.
“Dairy beef production has become a larger part of the industry in recent years as farmers look for innovative ways to run a more sustainable business, in terms of animal welfare, environment and profitability.
“Demand from CRV customers for beef semen has increased 10 percent year-on-year for the last five years, with no sign of things slowing down.
“Our collaboration means NZ Wagyu can provide its customers with security of supply. At the same time, we are creating a lucrative opportunity for New Zealand dairy farmers to diversify their farm business portfolio.