The Texas Wagyu Association in sponsoring its first sale, The Cowtown Wagyu Classic, had the unqualified support of the American Wagyu Association. The national organization headquartered in Pullman, Wash., held a board meeting and a membership meeting to inform the attendees of developments within the breed. Additionally several sessions, concerning the breeding and production of Wagyu cattle were offered. A “Welcome to Texas Social” and a luncheon featuring Wagyu brisket preceded a very eventful sale.
The event was well attended and there were registered buyers from 13 states -- Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.
Breed expansion was the target as females led the sale. Enthusiastic buyers defied a weak economy to make a strong statement for this evolving breed.
The top selling lot, UKB Ms Hakari 31ET, an open, red, heifer born 10/16/2008, sired by Hikari and out of JVP MS Homare J31E, was consigned by Ultimate Kobe Beef, Winnsboro, Texas. She was purchased for $16,000 by the Bulls Eye Wagyu Partners, Chicago, Ill.
The breeders that sold cattle in the Classic were: Triangle B Ranch, Inc., Valley View, Texas; Kay Ranch, Manor, Texas; Rising Sun Cattle, Payson, Utah; Circle L Wagyu, Waxahachie, Texas; Lucky 7 Ranch, Hamilton, Texas; Lake Wagyu, Victoria, Australia; Downunder Genetics, Ramah, Colo.; and Ultimate Kobe Beef, Winnsboro, Texas;
Other Sales Leaders:
TBR Kimikura 3 9037W, a 9/8/2009 daughter of TF 149 and out of TBR Tomiko 2 7040T, a Bar R 12P daughter was the next high selling lot. Sold by Triangle B Ranch, Inc. Valley View, Texas, she was purchased by Susan Howell and Dan Barrett of Halfway, Ore. for $11,000.
The high selling cow/calf pair was HR Ms Kikuhana 13, 9/20/05 daughter of CHR Kikuhana 022G, out of a JVP Fukutsuru 068 daughter and selling with her 12/31/2009 bull calf by KR Mich-400-351. Home place Cattle of Oakman, Ala. had the final bid of $7,500. Kay Ranch of Manor, Texas was the seller of this pair. A 1/20/2009 open heifer sired by JVP Fukutsuru 068 from Kay Ranch sold to Primeline Genetics, Grandview, Texas for $5,900.
Lucky 7 Ranch of Hamilton sold Akako 10P, a 9/29/2004 daughter of CHR Takazakura 102L and out of Patti, a Hammondyama daughter, to Tally Windam of Clyde, Texas for $7,400. Lucky 7 Ranch also sold RSC Ms Fuku-Zakara Tres 2693, a 7/11/2006 daughter of JVP Kukukane 402E to Hidden Creek Ranch of New London, Wis. for $5,600.
Mike Oda, Richmond, Texas, bid $6,600 on CL Ms Ichizaru 365 a 2/1/2009 open heifer by Bar R Ichiro 32R and out of RSC Ms Fukuzalura Dos 2694, a JVP Fukukane 402E daughter, from Circle L Wagyu, Waxahachi, Texas.
This was a very unique buying opportunity for Wagyu bulls as prices were very soft with the Wagyu female focused buyers. The top selling bull was Michifukutsuru 04, a 4/20/2005 son of CHR Michisuru 089L and out of CHR Ms Tak 108M, a Takazakura daughter. RNL Wagyu, Eldon, Mo. made the buy from Circle L Wagyu for $3,900. The next high selling bulls were FC Mr Ichiro P94, a 2/26/2008 Bar R Ichiro 32R son out of MS Tax 109M selling to George Club Calve of Altus, Okla. from Flying C Ranch of Wimberely, Texas and LA Mr Sanshigo 803UM a 2/15/2008 son of Bar R Sabjirou 4P out of BR MS Hirashigo 9649, a Hirashigetaysu daughter selling to Robert and Susan Shallow of Gulf Shores, Ala. from Lone Antler Ranch, Silverton, Texas. These two bulls brought $2,900 each.
The Volume buyers were Hidden Creek Ranch, Missouri and Robert and Susan Shallow.
Auctioneer: Robert Schacher
Sale Managers: Bubba Kay and the Texas Wagyu Association.