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2009 – 2010

Sire Rankings at Feeder Calf Markets 2009 – 2010

Following is the Top 10 ranking of leading FB AI sires based on progeny sold at 11 major feeder calf sale yards in the Hokkaido, Aomori, Miyagi, Tochigi, Gifu, Shimane, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Shimane, Kagoshima prefectures. This is representative of the national market. Data collection period: Jul 2009 – Jun 2010.

 

 

Average Bloodline by position c/Calf Market Sires 2009-2010

Analysis:
Compared with the 2006-2007 results (see listing in this section), there has been a slight move to increased Itozakura content in 2009-10, while Tajima content has remained stable. Average kedaka content is 8%.
The Japanese feedlot industry was severely impacted by high feed costs and FMD. Average calf prices have declined. In terms of individual sires, the popularity in this period Katsutadahira and Yurishige is reflected in both numbers and price for the period, due to the ‘non-selective combination’ factor (both work well with any females).

Overall:

  • Kedaka line sires continue to dominate, largely due to the consistent influence of Hirashigekatsu in delivering superior marbling and excellent carcass weights. Seven of the top 10 bulls are sons of Hirashigekatsu.
  • Itozakura line sires take second ranking, a result of the continuing powerful influence of Kitaguni 7/8 in delivering excellent growth and superior marbling.

 

Best Japanese FB Wagyu Bulls 2009 – 2010

Note: Progeny test data was compiled following the Indirect Examination process described in the ‘Japanese AI bull selection’ subsection. Some apparently low BMS scores are due to early slaughter in progeny test programs.

1. FUKUNOKAMI (Miyazaki / Prefecture)

  • Kitaguni 7/8 (Itozakura) X Tadafuku (1/2 Dai 20 Hirashige, 1/2 Kikuyasu)
  • 50% Itozakura, 37.5% Kedaka, 12.5% Tajima
  • Progeny Test
    • BMS – 4.2
    • DG – 0.94
    • RE – 53
  • Good Marbling, Good Depth
  • Weak shoulder, small frame
  • Vendor’s Comment: Consistent and reliable

2. Shigekatsusakae (Iwate/ LIAS)

  • Hirashigekatsu (Kedaka) X Yasusakae (Tajima)
  • 50% Kedaka, 37.5% Tajima, 12.5%
  • Progeny Test
    • BMS – 3.5
    • DG – 0.98
    • RE – 52
  • Good Marbling, RE, good temperament,
  • Calving difficulty
  • Vendor’s Comment: Consistent and reliable

3. KATSUTADAHIRA (Kagoshima/ Private)

  • Hirashigekatsu (Dai 20 Hirashige) X Tadafuku (Yasumi Doi X Shigekanenami)
  • 75% Kedaka, 25% Tajima
  • Progeny Test – NA
  • Good Marbling, Good Depth
  • Weak shoulder, small frame
  • Vendor’s Comment: Good growth and good temperament

4. KITAHIRAYASU (Tottori/ Private)

  • Yasufuhira (Yasufuku X Yasufuku) X Kikuteru Doi (Kikumi Doi)
  • 100% Tajima
  • Progeny Test –
    • BMS – 3.1
    • DG – 0.91
    • RE – 50
  • Good Marbling (Fine), large RE
  • Low Milk, Thick P8 fat, Rough temperament
  • Vendor’s Comment: Great bull for Kedaka, Fujiyoshi female

5. YURISHIGE (Kagoshima/ Private)

  • Hirashigekatsu (Dai 20 Hirashige) X Kamitakafuku (Tadafuku X Fujihana)
  • 62.5% Kedaka, 25% Tajima, 12.5% Okayama
  • Progeny Test –
    • BMS – 3.4
    • RE – 48
  • Good Marbling, growth, balance and volume
  • Vendor’s Comment:

6. DAI 1 HANAGUNI (Aomori/ Prefecture)

  • Kitaguni 7/8 (Dai 7 Itozakura) X Hanasakura (Itohana)
  • 75% Itozakura, 25% Kedaka,
  • Progeny Test –
    • BMS – 2.7
    • DG – 1.03
    • RE – 43
  • Good Growth, marbling

7. SHIGEHIRO (Miyagi/ Prefecture)

  • Shigekatsu (Shigekanenami) X Itoharunami (Itofuji)
  • 50% Tajima, 50% Fujiyoshi
  • Progeny Test – (Field Test)
    • BMS – 7.4
    • DG –
    • RE – 64
    • A4 / 5 % = 79%
  • Very strong Marbling, large RE, Fine Marbling
  • Growth variation, weak, thickness of rib.

8. KATSUHIRAMASA (Miyazaki/ Prefecture)

  • Hirashigekatsu (Dai 20 Hirashige) X Yasuhira (Yasufuku)
  • 50% Kedaka, 50% Tajima
  • Progeny Test – (Field Test)
    • BMS – 6.6
    • DG –
    • RE – 59.3
    • A4 / 5 % = 87.5%
  • Superior growth and marbling
  • Very consistent marbling ability.

9. YASUSHIGEKATSU (Shimane/ LIAS)

  • Hirashigekatsu (Dai 20 Hirashige) X Yasufuku (Yasumi Doi)
  • 75% Kedaka, 25% Tajima
  • Progeny Test –
    • BMS – 3.5
    • DG – 1.05
    • RE – 53
  • Good Marbling, Good Growth
  • Vendor’s Comment: Work well with Kitaguni 7/8

10. TADAFUJI (Miyazaki/ Prefecture)

  • Hirashigekatsu (Dai 20 Hirashige) X Yasuhira (Yasufuku)
  • 75% Kedaka, 25% Tajima
  • Progeny Test – (Field Test)
    • BMS – 7.3
    • DG –
    • RE – 60.9
    • A4 / 5 % = 100%
  • Good growth, large RE area, Good temperament, good milk
  • Rough Marbling, calving difficulty.

 

Carcass Competition Results & Trends 2009 – 2010

The following tables summarise the 2009 carcass competition results from the Tokyo Meat Market and provide an indication of carcass weight and BMS trends over recent years. Strain influences and combinations are generally consistent with trends at feeder calf markets.

Summary:
As the carcass weight chart below confirms, there is a slight correction in the long-term trend towards heavier carcass weights and reduced DOF. In this period, carcasses over 500kg returned less per kilo than 450~499kg carcasses, while returns increased for cattle with more DOF.