Where does one begin and end with regards to talking about the Queen of the Breed, Suzutani. Suzutani was a direct import from Japan along with Okutani and Rikitani. She has gone on to establish herself as the most genetically influential cow of the Wagyu breed outside of Japan. She has produced breed leading sires in both the US and Australia. This long list includes sires such as Sanjirou, Shigeshigetani, Kanadagene 100 (WKSFPC100), TWA Shikikan (TWAFR0007), and the new US carcass trait leader, Sanjiro 3. Both the US and Australian sire summaries are dotted with her grandsons and great grandsons. Suzutani has put a powerful stamp of quality carcass traits into her offspring, particularly with extensive marbling and huge rib eye area. Because of this, feedlot operators in Australia specifically seek Suzutani influenced cattle. If breeders are looking to capitalize on the specific trait of marbling that is unique to Wagyu, then you need to be pursuing Suzutani genetics.
Sanjirou and Shigeshigetani are showing their fantastic carcass quality traits in well known herds around the world. In the Lone Mountain Ranch program Sanjirou and Shigeshigetani are averaging an impressive 30.32% IMF (16 carcasses) and 30.80% IMF (55 carcasses) respectively. Marble Ranch has reported that Shigeshigetani has averaged 35.63% IMF, 16.27 In2 REA, and 1008 lbs HCWT in their program. In Australia at Mayura Station, Shigeshigetani has averaged a 8.33 AUS-Meat MS, 100.33 cm2 (15.55 in2) EMA (10/11th rib), and 416 kg (917 lbs) HCWT on 12 carcasses. Sanjirou has averaged a 8.23 AUS-Meat MS, 96.28 cm2 (14.92 in2 ) EMA (10/11th rib), and 406 kg (895 lbs) HCWT on 149 carcasses at Mayura Station. These figures rank Sanjirou and Shigeshigetani at the top end of all three of these leading herds.
Also in Australia at Mayura Station, the next generation Suzutani sire Mayura Herald is performing well.He has produced 89 carcasses with an Average MS of 8.52, Ave CWT 425.9kg and EMA of 86.96 (10/11th rib) Ave DOF 281. With 19 of those carcasses in Breedplan he has a leading 1.9 MS EBV with 83% reliability.
The Suzutani’s are continuing to show their genetic superiority through next generation sires Longford 004 (LFDFY0004) and Longford 005 (LFDFY0005). These standout sires are full brothers sired by Kitateriyasudoi 003 out of a Michifuku x Haruki x Suzutani dam. They both have marble score EBVs over +2.0 and eye muscle area EBVs over +4.5! Their proofs are backed by genomics and carcass data producing reliability over 70%.
In the legendary Westholme herd run by AACo two of their top marbling sires hail from the Suzutani maternal line. Westholme Kitaitonami (AACFC0650) is a Kitaguni Jr x TF 148 x Michifuku x Takazakura x Suzutani, and has an incredible MS EBV of +2.2! Ten straws of his semen sold for $1,000/ straw in the November 2018 Premium Wagyu Sale. The other standout is Westholme Itoshigefuku (AACFB046), who is a TF 148 x Michifuku x TF Kikuhana x Haruki 2 x Suzutani. He has a MS EBV of +1.6 backed up by a solid 80% reliability.
In the 2017 Australian Wagyu Association’s growsafe progeny test program Suzutani bulls claimed the top 2 spots for most profitable sires! Longford F C11712 (LFDFC11712) ranked 1st and was $1,025 more profitable than the average. Longford F D12558 (LFDFD12558) was 2nd and ranked $825 more profitable than the average.
According to data from the Hammond family at Robins Island Wagyu, Kanadagene 100 has been one of their most profitable fullblood sires ever. Carcass data they have published on the Poll Wagyu website shows Kanadagene 100 averaging a 9.06 MS, 450 kg (990 lbs.) HSCW, and 103 cm2 (15.97 in2 ) EMA on 38 carcasses (472 DOF avergae).
The Sher Wagyu Holstein F1 and Fullblood programs are founded on Suzutani genetics with their sires leading sires, SHER SHIGESUZU A303 (AI) (ET) and SHER KENTARO X51 (AI) (ET) among their best.
On the 2017 WSU Sire Summary (who’s data comes from exclusively F1 carcasses) Sanjiro 3, Bar R Itoshigenami 48U, Sanjirou, Hoh Kiatani 25Y, Overflow Kaneyama, Bar R Dbl Suzutani 50T, and Bar R Dbl Suzutani 59T are all leading Marbling EPD sires from the Suzutani maternal line. This proven performance in a wide variety of settings around the world drives the high demand for Suzutani genetics. If breeders are looking for marbling, then you need to be pursuing Suzutani genetics!
Master Breeder Shogo Takeda, of Takeda Farms has been a leading breeder in Japan and is a pioneer of the Wagyu breed throughout the rest of the world. Takeda Farms genetics have had an immeasurable impact on the breed in Australia and the United States. Numerous maternal were included in the Takeda Farms importation of live Wagyu to the United States. One of those lines is the Hikokura family, which trace back to the Ezokintou cow. This line has continually shown its genetic superiority with elite sires and cows constantly coming from this family. Some of the well-known and breed leading early bulls from the Hikokuras are TF Itomichi ½ , TF Teruntani 40/1, and Mitsuhikokura TF 149.
Three major matriarchs have emerged as leading females in this maternal line: Dai 2 Kinntou 3, TF Hikohime 3/2, and Hikokura 1/7. These females trace back directly to Ezokintou J11691 on the maternal side. Ezokintou is a daughter of the cow Takeda himself has said was his best cow, Kintou. These three cows have produced an astounding number of proven sires and dams in herds around the world including the likes of new breed leaders Mayura Itoshigenami JNR, Coates Itoshigenami G113, and Sumo Cattle Co Michifuku F154.
The first matriarch on the list, Dai 2 Kintou 3, has produced direct maternal descendants and leading sires Mayura Itoshigenami JNR, Sumo Cattle Co Michifuku F126, Sumo Cattle Co Itoshigenami C158, Ginjo Marblemax Hiranami B901, Westholme Fujiteru 3,and TF Terutani 40/1. To top it all off, she is also a full sister to TF Itomichi ½.
Mayura Itoshigenami JNR needs no introduction and is widely regarded as the “King” of the Wagyu breed. He recently saw his daughter’s smash records at the 2019 Elite Wagyu Sale along with his sons setting records in the 2017 and 2018 Elite Wagyu Sales. His breed leading EBVs are backed up by jaw dropping raw data averages from Mayura Station on 805 carcasses of 9.05 MS, 448 kg (985.6 lbs.) HSCW, and 109 cm2 (16.90 in2) EMA (10th/11th rib). A highlight of his high selling progeny includes his daughter, Mayura N1229, selling for $280,000, his son, Mayura L10, selling for $105,000, and his polled son, Poll Wagyu Midnight M0775, selling for $185,000.
Other Dai 2 Kinntou 3 descendants seeing success include a few sires in the Sumo Wagyu program. Sumo Cattle Co Michifuku F126 has impressive carcass results in the Sumo Wagyu herd and on 19 carcasses is averaging a 8.6 MS and 447 kg (983.4 lbs.) HSCW. Also, from the Sumo program is high EBV sire Sumo Cattle Co Itoshigenami C158 who has a MS EBV of 1.6 and has sired the new breed leader Coates Itoshigenami G113! Then don’t forget about Sumo Cattle Co Shikikan D233 who has a 1.2 MS and 11 CW EBV.
TF Terutani 40/1 is the Takeda bred and Sumo Wagyu owned sire who is renowned for making impressive females with fantastic maternal traits. He has carcass data published in the 2018 Wagyu Fullblood Sale catalog from Salisbury Wagyu and Sanjolincey Wagyu. On 106 carcasses in the Sanjolincey herd he was their 4th highest carcass weight bull and 8th highest marble score bull. This puts him in 4th place for their carcass value ranking behind Itohana 2, Overflow Kaneyama, and TF 148, but ahead of breed greats Michifuku, TF 151, TF 147, and 001. In the Salisbury herd 40/1 ranked 7th for ADG and 6th for MS making him one of the best overall sires in the herd.
From Mike Buchanan’s Ginjo herd comes popular sire Ginjo Marblemax Hiranami B901. He is well known as an all-round specialist and for making great cows. In the Mayura herd he has put up impressive carcass traits on 39 carcasses of 8.21 MS, 445.1 kg (979.2 lbs.), and 97.0 cm2 (15.04 in2) EMA at the 10th/11th rib.
In the famous Westholme herd a Kitaguni Jr son from the Dai 2 Kinntou 3 line has strong EBVs. Westholme Fujiteru 3 has an elite MS EBV of 2.0 and F1-TI of $177. Specializing MS and MF he lacks growth and traces back to a full sister to TF Terutani 40/1.
Lastly is the full brother to Dai 2 Kinntou 3, TF Itomichi ½. He is a renown growth sire who is generally considered weak on carcass traits, specifically EMA. In the Salisbury herd rankings he does well on ADG, ranking 6th, but is only 18th of 27 for MS. In the Lone Mountain Ranch herd, he does well as a dam sire averaging 31.28% IMF on 27 carcasses.
This brings us to the second matriarch on the list, TF Hikohime 3/2. She has produced leading direct maternal descendant sires Coates Itoshigenami G113, Sumo Cattle Co Michifuku F154, Sumo Cattle Co Hirashigetayasu E148, Mayura D0482, CHR Kitaguni 07K, and CHR Takazakura 101L to name a few.
Current breed leading sire Coates Itoshigenami G113 is putting together an impressive carcass resume in the Macquarie Wagyu program. On 50 carcasses he is averaging a marble score of 8.5 and hot standing carcass weight of 513 kg (1,128.6 lbs)! Often described as a “freak combination of growth and marbling,” his genetics are in high demand with semen selling for a breed record $8,000/ straw in the 2018 Elite Wagyu Sale and two daughters selling for $100,000 and $80,000 in the 2019 Elite Sale. His Breedplan EBVs back everything up with an elite MS of 2.1 and CW of 45.
Back in the Sumo Wagyu program again we find Sumo Cattle Co Michifuku F154. He is leading the program in carcass results and EBVs with a 21 carcass average of 8.6 MS and 462 kg (1,016.4 lbs.) HSCW. He is also in high demand with a daughter selling for $80,000 in the 2019 Elite Wagyu Sale and a son selling for $50,000.
Also originating from the Sumo Wagyu herd, and now shining in the McCosker’s Codenwarra herd, is Sumo Cattle Co Hirashigetayasu E148. He is an elite 001 son with impressive growth and carcass weight EBVs on genomics and 6 carcasses in Breedplan. He indexes extremely high at $245 SRI, $196 FTI, and $164 F1-TI.
In the Mayura Station program, a Sanjirou son, Mayura D0482, is putting together impressive numbers. He is leading their progeny test program in marble score and eye muscle area the last 12 months as of May 2019. On 47 carcasses he is averaging 9.01 MS, 407 kg (895.4 lbs.) HSCW, and 97.2 cm2 (15.07 in2) EMA at the 10th/11th rib. A son of his sold for $25,000 in the 2019 Elite Wagyu sale.
In the United States, at Crescent Harbor Ranch, well known and highly used sires CHR Kitaguni 07K and CHR Takazakura 101L both hail from TF Hikohime 3/2. CHR Kitaguni 07K is well known for high marbling and producing great carcasses. CHR Takazakura 101L is found in many pedigrees and is synonymous with balanced females and great maternal traits.
The third matriarch on the list is Hikokura 1/7. She has produced leading direct maternal descendants TF 813 Kimitofuku, Itomichi TF 728, TF Yasutani 1012, TF Takefuku 823, LMR Akahige 8119U, and LMR Sensie 817T.
TF 813 Kimitofuku is a popular Itoshigenami son working well in many programs in the United State, including the Joseph Decuis herd, Marble Ranch, and Lone Mountain Ranch. According to the most recent published data from Lone Mountain Ranch, TF 813 is averaging 32.91% IMF on 9 carcasses in their program. This ranks 9th in the herd and slightly ahead of breed greats, Kitaguni Jr, Yasufuku Jr, and 003.
Another Takeda bred sire working in many herds, and a herd sire in the Joseph Decuis program, is Itomichi TF 728. In published data from the Marble Ranch program, and sale catalog, he has averaged an impressive line of 36.63% IMF, 964 lbs (438.2 kg) HCW, and 16.95 in2 (109.4 cm2) EMA.
Bred and proven in the Lone Mountain Ranch program are sires LMR Akahige 8119U and LMR Sensie 817T. LMR Akahige 8119U has averaged 29.24% IMF on 12 carcasses and is ranked 2nd in marble fineness. LMR Sensei 817T is the 3rd ranker dam sire for IMF at 32.8% IMF.
Sires, however, are not the only ones experiencing carcass data success from these matriarchs. Mayura Station’s top cow is Wagyu Genetics Hikohime D8223, a descendant of TF Hikohime 3/2. She has averaged a carcass camera predictive BMS of 11, 458 kg (1,010 lbs.) HSCW, and 115.33 cm2 (17.87 in2) EMA on four carcasses. She is the dam of exciting Mayura progeny test bull Mayura N0387.
In the Macquarie Wagyu program, the cow Coates Tani E417 has shown the power of TF Hikohime 3/2 also. This cow has produced an impressive average of MS 9 and 484 kg (1,062.6 lbs.) HSCW on 6 carcasses. She is the dam of top genomic tested Y408 son Macquarie Wagyu M0477, who has indexes of $244 SRI, $212 FTI, and $184 F1-TI.
This maternal line features the rare combination of great growth, size, and carcass quality. We have been greatly impressed by the performance of the Hikokuras and can see why they are the top of Takeda genetics. The Hikokuras will improve any herd, or program, through females and/or sires. This line can be bred from with confidence and taken in many directions. We have experienced a high demand for genetics from the Hikokuras.
The Chiyotake maternal line has seen success around the globe but is especially prominent and influential in the Australian Wagyu herd. The line was imported by Shogo Takeda along with other popular maternal lines such as the Hikokura, Kinu, Kensei, Tetufuku, and Aizakura lines. The Chiyotakes all trace back to the original Chiyotake cow and two of her daughters, Chiyotake 3 (FB459 or PEDFA459) and Chiyotake 5 (FB460 or PEDFA460). Descendants from these cows are experiencing success in herds around the globe such as Blackmore Wagyu, Sumo Wagyu, Macquarie Wagyu, Mayura Station, Lake Wagyu, Joseph Decuis Wagyu, and Marble Ranch, to name a few. Popular sires from this line include the legendary Macquarie Wagyu Y408, Blackmore Dai Ichi Yasuchiyo G615, Blackmore Chiyofuku K733, Mayura Admiral A0113, Sumo Itoshigenami X0081, Kimifuku TF 726, Lake Wagyu C087, and the popular high genomic sire Macquarie Prelude M0495. These sires excel in a variety of areas from carcass traits such as Marble Score (MS), Rib Eye Area (REA), and Marble Fineness (MF), to growth and maternal traits. This balance of traits is a major contributor to the overall success and popularity of these sires. Thanks to the Takeda export, we now regularly see the Chiyotake name in leading Wagyu pedigrees and breeding programs throughout the world.
The original Chiyotake cow had two daughters, Chiyotake 3 and Chiyotake 5. In turn, these two cows each produced a daughter sired by the original Itomichi, Chiyotake 8 and Chiyotake 9. Chiyotake 8 and Chiyotake 9 have gone on to be two of the most influential cows from the Chiyotake maternal line. They have formed the foundation of numerous high ranking proven and genomic sires pedigrees. For example, Chiyotake 8 is the maternal great grandam of Macquarie Wagyu Y408 and Chiyotake 9 is the maternal great grandam of Diamond Brand Ichiryuno Z626.
The obvious highlight of the Chiyotake maternal line and a true leader of genetic progress in the Wagyu breed is Macquarie Wagyu Y408. Macquarie Wagyu Y408 is a former #1 ranking sire on the old Terminal Carcass Index and is highly proven on Breedplan. He maintains his elite ranking on the new indexes with a Self Replacing Index of $223, a Fullblood Terminal Index of $215, and a F1 Terminal Index of $203 (Dec 2018 EBVs)! Y408 is a Kitateruyasudoi “003” son and his maternal sire stack reads 003 x TF Yukiharunami 4 x TF Itohana 2 x TF Chiyotake 8. This bull does it all with a MS EBV of +2.1, MF of + 0.34, EMA of +2.6, Carcass Weight EBV of +17, and growth EBVs of 400 Day +23 and 600 Day Weight of +21. These numbers are backed up by 56 carcass progeny on his proof and genomics to give high reliability values for all traits. It terms of raw data, Macquarie recently published that now on over 100 carcasses Y408 has averaged a 7.7 MS and 416 kg (915 lbs.) HCW. Both impressive numbers for a now deceased bull from 2003.
Beyond Y408, multiple Chiyotake descendants rank at the top of the Breedplan EBV system. The high rate at which the Chiyotakes are producing leading sires has catapulted the line into the spotlight as an elite maternal line. From the Mayura program, a TF 148 son out of a Sanjirou Chiyotake line dam, Mayura Admiral A0113 has compiled an impressive proof on 17 carcasses. A highlight of his EBVs include a MS of 2.1, EMA of 3.1, and CW of 27. In the Sumo Wagyu herd, we find Sumo Itoshigenami X0081 who is a leading marbling sire with a MS EBV of +1.8 and is the sire of the grand champion carcass from the 2014 Australian Branded Beef competition. Lake Wagyu C087 is a high-ranking Michifuku son of the Chiyotakes at +$167 on Self Replacing Index. These are just a small highlight of the many successful Chiyotake sires that can be found in Australia.
In the Blackmore Wagyu herd, the best all round proven sire that David has bred to date is a Chiyotake. This is Blackmore Dai Ichi Yasuchiyo G615, who is a son of David’s best cow Blackmore Chiyotake Y377. His sire stack reads Blackmore C058 (Yasufuku Jr x TF 146) x TF 151 x TF 148 x TF 147 x Itohana 2 x Itomichi x Chiyotake 5! His GEBVs in the Blackmore herd are +1.2 MS, +2.8 HCW, +1.3 EMA, -3.8 P8 Fat, -2.2 Rib Fat, with a baseline herd averages of 9.1 MS, 424.8 kg HCW, 93 cm2 EMA, 18 cm P8 Fat, and 22.2 cm Rib Fat. G615 is current the largest bull David has bred to date weighing over 1,000 kg and still 72% Tajima! His dam, David’s best cow has produced an incredible 9+ MS on 6/6 carcasses with an average 94.9 cm 2 EMA and 0.74 kg (1.63 lbs.) A.D.G. (average daily gain) on these steers. Her GEBVs are +1.0 MS, +13 HCW, and +4.4 EMA! Her other proven son by Michifuku is Blackmore Chiyofuku K733 who has GEBVs of +0.9 MS and +9.2 EMA. Both G615 and K733 have EBV accuracies over 90% now in the Blackmore herd.
In the USA Kimifuku TF 726 is working in the Joseph Decius Wagyu herd and has put up some fantastic results published in the recent Marble Ranch sale catalog. In the Marble Ranch herd TF 726 had three daughters who’s progeny averaged over 30% IMF and over 975 lbs (440 kgs) HCWT. Now seeing widespread use around the globe as an ABS Global high genomic sire is Macquarie Prelude M0495. He is a balanced-double bred Chiyotake through his sire Y408 and his dam, a Chiyotake maternal line female. On the high-ranking genomic side there are also several full brothers Prelude, in Macquarie Wagyu M0546 and Macquarie Wagyu M00491. Once again from the Mayura herd, is a high genomic bull in Mayura N0268. He is a Mayura Itoshigenami JNR son from the Chiyotake maternal line with strong index values of $222 SRI, $190 FTI, and $182 F1-TI. Other high genomic Chiyotake bulls include Sumo Cattle Co Michifuku N527 (a Sumo Cattle Co Michifuku F126 son at $254 SRI), Irongate Michifuku F126 JNR M244 (Sumo Cattle Co Michifuku F126 son at $250 SRI), and Irongate Michifuku F126 JNR M353 (Sumo Cattle Co Michifuku F126 son at $209 SRI). With a flurry of Chiyotake line sires dotting the genomic leaderboards, there is no question this family possesses the ability to transmit elite traits to the next generation.
Another mark of a premiere maternal line is the ability to produce prolific donor dams. A great example is the dam of the above-mentioned Macquarie Wagyu Prelude M0495. His dam, Macquarie Wagyu C1589 is a Michifuku daughter who possesses a $227 SRI on three carcass progeny and genomics. In the Macquarie program she has produced 4 carcasses averaging a 8.25 MS and 474 kg (1,042 lbs.) HCW! She has 16 registered progeny, of which 11 of the 16 have a Self Replacing Index over $200. Moreover, 13 of the 16 have a Marble Score EBV over 1.2. This donor dam has proven to be a factory for high genomic testing progeny. Further back in C1589’s pedigree is another great matriarch, TWA F U561 (TWAFU0561). She is the maternal grandam of both C1589 and the legendary Y408. In addition, another branch of the Chiyotake line has also risen to prominence through the matriarch TF Chiyotake 22/4. An Itohana 2 daughter of Chiyotake 9, she is the maternal grandam of Sumo Itoshigenami X0081, Diamond Brand Ichiryuno Z626, and Diamond Brand Ichiryuno Z680. She was a great donor dam with 28 registered progeny including the Michifuku full sisters who produced X0081, Z262, and Z680.
Examples of females similar to this can be found throughout the Chiyotake line, further illustrating their potent fertility and genetic potential. The Chiyotake maternal line is now more than ever making its presence visible and impact felt around the world through top EBV sires, such as the now widely marketed Macquarie Prelude M0495. The EBVs lead back to their proven ability to make superior carcasses. The Chiyotake line’s excellence extends past the carcass and into growth and maternal traits as well. Proven examples of this include Macquarie Wagyu Y408, Mayura Admiral A0113, Sumo Itoshigenami X0081, Kimifuku TF 726, Lake Wagyu C087, and Macquarie Prelude M0495. The females from this family are producing a promising next generation of high genomic sires and females in many programs around the globe. Watch this maternal line and be sure to capitalize on it’s well-balanced sires to increase your bottom line.
The Hatsuhi maternal line has proven to be one of the elite Westholme maternal lines. Hatsuhi is widethly regarded as the best Kedaka/Tottori cow to have been exported from Japan. Hatsuhi has produced such top sires as Westholme Haramichi Tsuru, who has impressive Indexes of $228 SRI/ $219 FTI/ 188 F1TI!! This family combines elite growth EBVs with staggering marbling and carcass traits. Other succesful sires from this maternal line include the legendary growth sire Kitahatsuhi 97/1, Peppermill Grove D139, Longford F E0241, and Goorambat Doublesixty K473.
The Hatsuhi maternal line represents a unique outcross source of high growth and high marbling
100% Fullblood Wagyu. Their proven growth potential can be found in the top 1% growth EBVs of Kitahatsuhi 97/1, Longford F E 0241, and Westholme Hiramichi Tsuru.
In the Westholme program Hiramichi Tsuru has risen to the top as an all-round super sire with elite
growth, carcass weight, and huge marbling. The ability to succeed in the commercial large scale production system of AACo speaks volumes of the potential this family holds. On Breedplan Hiramichi Tsuru holds impressive figures of +40 C Wt, +1.3 MS, and indexes of $227 SRI/ $217 FTI/ $186 F1-TI. According to data published in the 2018 Wagyu Fullblood Sale catalog from Salisbury Wagyu Kitahatsuhi 97/1 progeny had higher ADG than TF Kikuhana, Haruki 2, Kenahanafuji, Itomichi 1/2, Terutani 40/1, and Itohana 2. All while still maintaining higher marble score than all of these bulls except 40/1. Also published in the catalog is data from Sanjolincey Wagyu on Peppermill Grove D139. According to their data on 4 carcasses, he had a better marble score than other growth sires TF 147, TF 151, and 001!
The demand for premier Hatsuhi genetics is high and only scratching the surface of their real value. In the November 2018 Premium Wagyu Sale ten straws of Westholme Hiramichi Tsuru sold for $1,000 AUD per straw! The same sale saw Tyddewi N3709, a son of our Westholme K5236 (a Hiramichi Tsuru daughter) sell for $48,000 AUD!! In the 2019 Elite Wagyu sale a Mayura Itoshigenami JNR daughter of K5236 sold for $30,000. This high Kedaka/Tottori line is one of the most in demand maternal lines in the Wagyu breed today.
Having produced well known sires Kitahatsuhi 97/1, Peppermill Grove D139, Longford F E0241,
and Westholme Hiramichi Tsuru there is a track record for success with this family. Having said that, elite pedigreed females from this family are far and few between and thus extremely valuable. This is the best Kedaka/Tottori maternal line and is poised to show their genetic superiority for years to come. We are excited to be working with females from this family sired by elite Westholme bulls Hirashigetayasu 001, Hiramichi Tsuru, and B0039.
The Aizakura maternal line is a proven cow family that has produced impressive carcass results in herds around the world. This maternal line descends from the great Aino 6 cow. Successful sires from this family include TF Itohana 2, Macquarie Wagyu C1176, Blackmore Aizatzurudoi Y398, Blackmore Dai Ichi Kikuzakura H017, MR Broken Arrow Itomichi, Mayura L0010, and more. The Aizakura maternal line is from the Takeda Farms export group and was largely influenced by the sires Itomichi J1158 and Dai 3 Kiyohime J632. These two sires are generally characterized by excellent carcass traits and high-quality cows with good maternal traits. The original matriarch Aino 6 has produced two great granddaughters that have come to prominence in the breed. They are TF Aizakura 5/1 and Aizakura 8. These cows’ descendants have had far-reaching influences on herds around Australia and have seen extreme success in the famous Blackmore Wagyu, Mayura Station, and Macquarie Wagyu herds.
The most famous sire from this maternal line is undoubtedly TF Itohana 2. He was one of five bulls included in Takeda Farms live export group in 1995, along with TF Itomichi ½, TF Kikuhana, TF Kinto, and TF Terutani. He is sired by the famous Japanese bull Itohana, a former #1 marbling sire in Japan and can be considered a product of heavy line breeding to the legendary Dai 7 Itozakura (in three of the four legs of Itohana 2’s three generation pedigree). Itohana 2’s dam is Aino 6 J674297, the matriarch of the modern Aizakura cow family, and is no doubt a driving force in Itohana 2’s genetic superiority and ability to produce profitable carcasses and cows. TF Itohana 2 has published data in many herds around the world including Blackmore Wagyu, Lone Mountain Ranch, Sanjolincey Wagyu, and Salisbury Wagyu.
In Blackmore Wagyu’s published fullblood data from 2013, TF Itohana 2 had a limited 23 carcasses yet did well on marble score with 20 of the 23 grading AUS-MEAT 9 and 13 of 23 grading 9+. He also excelled in average daily gain at 0.79 kg/day, the highest of any sire in the progeny test! This resulted in the lowest average days on feed of any sire at 510 days. This illustrates perfectly his unique combination of growth and marbling potential. At Lone Mountain Ranch, TF Itohana 2 has averaged an impressive 28.48% IMF on 18 carcasses as of July 2018. This is only slightly behind legendary marbling sires Kitaguni Jr: 31.98% IMF, Michifuku: 30.14 % IMF and JVP Fukutsuru 068: 29.02 % IMF. According to data published by the Sanjolincey Wagyu program in the 2018 Wagyu Fullblood Sale catalog, Itohana 2 was their highest carcass value sire. On 33 carcasses he ranked number one for value ahead of TF 148, Terutani 40/1, Michifuku, and TF 151. He was the number one sire for marble score and the number two sire for carcass weight, impressive ranks in any fullblood Wagyu herd. The Salisbury Wagyu herd published their crossbred data in the 2018 Wagyu Fullblood Sale catalog also. In this data set of F1 to F8 carcasses, TF Itohana 2 ranked 10th for average daily gain and 16th for marble score. Beyond these impressive data sets Itohana 2 has elite EBVs through Australia’s Breedplan system. He boasts incredibly high reliability of 89-98% for all traits because of a large data base including 79 carcass records, 174 scan records, and 849 progeny growth records from an amazing 53 different herds. His EBVs are highlighted by a +33 Carcass Weight and +0.8 Marble Score! Once again, the calling card of the Aizakura’s is the combination of elite Marble Score and Carcass Weight.
Aino 6’s great granddaughter Aizakura 8 has had far-reaching influences on herds around Australia. The TF 146 daughter of Aizakura 8, Takeda Farm Aizakura U100 has been one of the Aizakura Maternal Line best brood cows ever in the Blackmore Wagyu herd. She produced 24 carcasses, all of which graded MS 9+ the highest marble score on the AUS-Meat grading system. They also averaged an impressive 96.60 cm2 (14.97 in2) EMA and Daily Gain of 0.73 Kg (1.6 lbs.). This remarkable brood cow has produced multiple successful sires in the Blackmore herd, including the well-known Blackmore Aizatzurudoi Y398 and Blackmore Dai Ichi Kikuzakura H017. Blackmore Aizatzurudoi Y398 is line bred to Japan’s famous “Hyogo Cow” Kikutsuru through his sire JVP Fukutsuru 068 and maternal grandsire TF 146 Kikutsurudoi. In the Blackmore herd he is regarded as creating some of their best cows with great maternal traits. He has a carcass record of 28 of the 36 carcasses recorded by him scoring a 9 MS and 20 of 36 scoring 9+ MS. This is along with an impressive Daily Gain of 0.79 Kg (1.74 lbs.) which is higher than TF 151 at 0.76 Kg and TF 147 at 0.77 Kg in the Blackmore herd! Y398 has also had some recent carcass data published from Mayura Station’s 300 day fed program where he averaged an impressive 8.33 MS, 420 Kg (924 lbs.) HCW, and 97.0 cm2 (15.04 in2) EMA. Then Blackmore Dai Ichi Kikuzakura H017 is an up-and-coming sire in the Blackmore herd. He is a high growth and good carcass quality sire with a sire stack of TF 147 x TF 151 x TF 146 (U100) x Aizakura 8. He is the highest Carcass Weight EBV sire in the Blackmore herd right now at +42.5 and still +0.1 MS. He is used in the Blackmore herd to increase size, robustness, constitution, fertility, and milk while maintaining marbling.
Aino 6’s other great granddaughter TF Aizakura 5/1 has influenced herds around Australia and the world, too. In the Macquarie Wagyu program, the highest MS EBV sire on Breedplan at +2.8 MS is from this maternal line. He is Macquarie Wagyu C1176 and a Kitateruyasudoi 003 x TF 148 x Haruki 2 x TF Kikuhana x TF Aizakura 5/1. He is now deceased but has many other relatives including a full sister performing well in the Macquarie herd. His full sister, Macquarie Wagyu C1155, is considered one of the best cows at Macquarie because of her incredible carcass results of an average 9.2 MS and 443 Kg (974.6 lbs.) HCW on five carcasses. Macquarie Wagyu F W191, the dam of C1176 and C1155 was mated to Kitateruyasudoi 003 and produced three carcasses averaging MS 9 and 418 Kg (919.6 lbs.) HCW. Macquarie Wagyu F W170 is a TF 148 full sister to Macquarie Wagyu F W191 and was also mated to Kitateruyasudoi 003. She produced three daughters who, in turn, have averaged 8.9 MS and 426 Kg (937.2 lbs.) HCW across a combined 11 carcasses. Now, these cows are producing high genomic sons and daughters in the Macquarie herd that paint a promising future for the cow family.
This maternal line is no stranger to success in the sale ring, with bulls from this maternal line selling well in the 2018 and 2017 Elite Wagyu Sale in Australia. Mayura L0010, a son of Itoshigenami JNR and from the Aizakura maternal line in the Mayura Station program, sold for a then record $105,000 in 2017. In the Mayura Station program, Mayura L0010’s dam Mayura H0159 has produced 3 carcasses with average MS 9.33, 1,087 lbs. HCW, and 16.34 In2 REA. This shows the Aizakura’s extreme potential even in a short 300 days on feed program.
The following year in the 2018 Elite Sale, Macquarie Wagyu M0549 who is a World K’s Michifuku son of Macquarie Wagyu C1155 sold for $80,000. Again, C1155 has averaged a 9.2 MS and 443 Kg HCW on five carcasses, which are breed leading results. This is Macquarie Wagyu's best cow in their own opinion.
The unique combination of high marbling and elevated carcass weights that the Aizakura’s bring to the table are what sets them apart. From original import TF Itohana 2 to high genomic sires like Mayura L0010, they have seen extreme success producing breed leading bulls. Perhaps more impressive yet are the carcass results of the cows from this family including Blackmore’s Takeda Farm Aizakura U100 and Macquarie Wagyu’s C1155. This cow family is undoubtedly the place to go if you are seeking to make strides in both Aizakura Maternal Line Marble Score and Carcass Weight at the same time!