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World Class AI Sires & Genetics

-  Ginjo MarbleMax Hiranami B901 – High Weaning Weights, Top Carcasses
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Ginjo Hiranami MarbleMax™ B901

Ginjo MarbleMax™ Hiranami B901 – Superior Weaning Weights, Superfine Marbling, Highly Profitable Carcasses


Picture: ‘New Age’ superfine marbling AI sire Ginjo MarbleMax™ Hiranami B901


Ginjo MarbleMax™ B901 was the outstanding Australian-bred performer in the New Age (Beyond BMS 9) carcass rankings revealed at the 2012 Australian Wagyu Association annual conference, Gold Coast.  Here, B901 achieved #2 overall ranking for a single superfine marbling progeny carcass as assessed by digital imaging over the previous 12 months on major Australian fullblood processing lines, being well ahead of his own sire.  In this instance, marbling was the sole assessment criteria.

In the succeeding year, within tentative new EBVs tabled at the 2013 AWA Conference in Geelong, B901 was again identified for superior progeny performance in the keynote genomics presentation of the Conference (Dr Robert Banks, AGBU: ‘Genetics & Genomics for the Wagyu Breed in Australia – A springboard for growth and profit’).   

Stressing that caution was needed in interpretation of early results, Dr Banks presented a table of initial EBVs from the current AWA genomic EBVs project, utilizing carcass/camera data from progeny of a range of Australian bred sires, alongside data from the previous (generally, Australian foundation or Japanese bred) generation of sires. 

The EBVs enabled broader comparison than the highly-focused 2012 marbling fineness ranking.  EBVs were provided for carcass weight (CWT), Carcass AUS-MEAT Marble Score (CMAU), Carcass Camera Marbling % (CCMP), Carcass Camera Rib-eye Area (CCRA), and CCFI (Carcass Camera Marbling Fineness Index).  The three left-hand columns provide dataset record totals for progeny, carcass weight progeny and camera image progeny.

Extracted below is the presentation table comparison of Ginjo B901 with his sire, Hirashigetayasu.  Holder of Hongen (supreme performance) status within the Japan Registry (ZENWA), prior to export, Hirashigetayasu is the only international Japanese Black sire to have a known Japanese progeny test. 

 


Extract From AWA Genomics Project 2013 – Initial EBVs

SIRES

Records

Research EBVs

All

Carc. Wt

Cam.

CWT

CMAU

CCMP

CCRA

CCFI

Ginjo B901

89

19

19

+14

+0.7

+3.5

+1.0

N/A

Hirashigetayasu

2108

51

40

+1

+0.5

+0.4

+3.6

-0.3

Source: Dr R. Banks, AGBU, 2013.  Presentation to 2013 AWA Conference.

 

Dr Banks’ stated that ‘the key to successful breeding is finding sons & daughters better than their parents’.  However, just one similar comparison demonstrating the actual achievement was highlighted in the presentation table.

On the basis of these tentative results, MarbleMax B901 could provide superior overall economic performance to a sire accorded ‘supreme’ (Hongen) status in the Japanese home market.  This assessment is based on EBVs demonstrating superior growth (CWT) and camera marbling percentage (CCMP).  The reason for the missing CCFI value is not known – but superior performance in marbling fineness was demonstrated at the 2012 Conference, as noted above.

In actual carcass results, B901 demonstrates consistent fullblood progeny marbling around AUSMEAT score 8-9, with HDCW averaging over 440kg (~530kg) so far. Superior weaning weights and performance during early growout are features attractive to feeder producers.  He represents an exceptional choice for efficient fullblood feeder production for weaner sale and for vertically integrated operators targeting superior gross returns when joining smaller, high Tajima females for feeder production.  Or in breeding replacements for a new generation of larger-frame females with improved maternal capabilities.   Results over larger Fujiyoshi/Itozakura joinings are outstanding, as results below illustrate.

In the rejuventated F1 (cross-breeding) market, he is an AI sire option for greater growth and profitability, with B901 sons approved as F1 sires for at least one major Australian feeder/processor system.  

B901 is tested FREE of AWA-notifiable genetic defects. Economical semen is available in Australia. Licensed semen is also collected for Canada, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.   Local stocks are available in the United States and New Zealand. A number of 2-yo B901 sons will be available in Australia in 2014.


New Age (Beyond BMS 9) Technology

The ‘New Age’ carcass assessment uses state-of-the-art Japanese digital camera technology as employed in Japanese LIAJ progeny test assessment of new generations of AI sires for national production in Japan and is also deployed in the identification of super-fine marbling in such prefectures as Hyogo (home of Kobe Beef).
Carcass quality parameters measured by the AWA-owned camera (for digital image assessment) include:

‘New Age’ Digital Camera Carcass Measurements

Marbling percentage (IMF %)

 

Fineness of marbling

Coarseness of marbling

Ribeye area

Ribeye shape

Meat colour

Fat colour

Images of Superfine Carcass Performance

The following images of the selected B901-sired carcass are from the digital camera assessment:


Click each photos for larger Images...

Additional High Integrity Performance Data

All carcass data was supplied courtesy of AACo, Aronui Feedlot, Dalby. The following additional steps were taken to ensure the highest possible data integrity in assessing B901 feedlot performance. 

  • Full sibling benchmark. A full flush sibling was fed/finished to provide a consistency benchmark.

  • DNA verification. All feeder siblings/progeny were University of Queensland parent-verified by DNA.  This eliminates the substantial risk of mix-up in commercial registration NM multi-sire programs.

  • AWA Registration. Feeder progeny were/are registered on the basis of DNA parent verification with the Australian Wagyu Association, which exceeds the AWA Commercial registration requirement (see performance tables for registration details).

  • Independent  feeding. All feeders were sold outright into Australia’s largest fullblood commercial feeding operation, and finished without preferential treatment of any kind.

  • Independent grading. All carcasses were independently graded on a commercial production line, without any breeder involvement.

We are also indebted to AACo for the nutritional programs that enable  a ‘pass’  for the sire in the ultimate ‘commercial reality check’.   We are not aware of ANY superior data integrity/veracity regime available for fullblood feeder assessment in Australia.

Selection Process

The B901 progeny target was high pre-weaner growth with zero-supplementation; to set up maximum weaner profitability.  This potential is recognised in his Wagyu Group BreedPlan 200 day weight EBV, which is in the upper ranks for the Australian national Wagyu herd..

Taking raw data from the Ginjo ‘Stockbook’ herd database, the average B901 heifer achieves 184kg at 185 days of age; the average castrate achieves 210.5kg at 210 days of age.  In both cases without dam or direct supplementation.

For the purposes of benchmarking carcass performance for the specific sire pedigree, a full flush brother (Ginjo B906) was sold onto feed with the normal feeder autumn draft sent to AACo, Aronui.    This full brother turned in an outstanding result as detailed below, despite a significantly shorter feed period than would be normal under Japanese conditions.

AWA Pedigree (click thru)

UQ DNA

Hyogo (Tajima) % Infusion

DOF

ADG
(kg)

HDCW
(kg)

Mb
(JMGA-adapt)

GINFB0906

88655

44%

525

0.91

431.5

10/12

Note: Comparative marbling:  JMGA No 3-4 approximates USDA Prime (Abundant). No 12 is top score.
The carcass ‘consistency score’ was further enhanced with a backcross joining outcome per the carcass summary below, with the sire over his dam.

Ginjo MarbleMax B901 Joinings: Backcross Progeny Carcass

Steer Regn (click)

UQ DNA

Hyogo(Tajima) % Infusion

DOF

ADG
(kg)

HDCW
(kg)

AUS-MEAT Mb

GINFE0428

162994

51%

645

0.87

479.5

9/9

Bloodlines

After Hyogo (Tajima, about 44%), the secondary bloodline in B901/B906 is Tottori/Kedaka (25%), followed by Itozakura/Shimane.  MarbleMax B901 then spent his debut 2008 season as a ‘clean-up’ sire in natural mating programs over fullblood females, before semen collection at the Holbrook AB centre in NSW.    B901 steer progeny from these paddock joinings, over a random, genetically diverse breeder group, were sold outright into the same feedlot as the B906 sibling.   In each case the secondary dam bloodline was Itozakura/Shimane, with smaller Tottori/Kedaka and Okayama infusions.  Results are beneath photos.

Two B901 steers are pictured below: (click photos for larger images)


Picture: B901 FB steer progeny GINFE0450 at approx 580 days on feed.   Final Carc. Mb score 9/9, HDCW 476kg.


Picture: B901 FB steer progeny GINFE0467 at approx 580 days on feed. Final Carc. Mb score 8/9. HDCW 535kg.

These details are for the first five feeders slaughtered. To see full AWA registration pedigrees for each feeder, click through registration numbers at left.

AWA Pedigree (click thru)

UQ DNA

Hyogo (Tajima) % Infusion

DOF

ADG
(kg)

HDCW
(kg)

Mb
(AUS-MEAT)

GINFE0400

151428

49%

630

0.87

452.5

9/9

GINFE0407

151435

60%

630

0.84

449.5

8/9

GINFE0410

151438

50%

630

0.78

430.5

7/9

GINFE0450

162967

41%

630

0.91

476

9/9

GINFE0467

162984

32%

630

1.10

535.5

8/9

One outstanding feature of the 2009-drop data is consistent strong performance in ‘Big Over Big’ joining outcomes: the large genetics of B901 over all TF147-sired females in the joining group, with a slight step down to all TF151-sired females. 


Ginjo MarbleMax B901 Joinings: Progeny of TF147-Sired Dams

Steer Regn (click)

ADG (Kg/Day)

HDCW (Kg)

AUSMEAT Mb Score

GINFE0442

0.88

477.5

9/9

GINFE0467*

1.1

535

8/9

GINFE0450*

0.91

476

9/9

Ginjo MarbleMax B901 Joinings: Progeny of TF151-Sired Dams

GINFE0452

0.77

454.5

8/9

GINFE0440

0.77

437

7/9

GINFE0448

0.92

494.5

8/9

GINFE0465

0.75

437

9/9

*DOF = 630.  Remainder 645 DOF.
As at April 2012, there was a total of 17 B901-sired fullblood steers, all 2009-drop.  Average DOF is 640 (Five x 630; 12 x 645). All are progeny of random natural matings as backup to AI.  A performance prediction based on this is presented below:


Ginjo MarbleMax B901: Carcass Summary From Initial 17 Fullblood Steer Progeny

ADG (Kg/Day)

HDCW (Kg)

AUSMEAT Mb Score

0.90 >

24%

>475kg

35%

9/9

 

>0.75 <0.9

53%

>435 <475kg

41%

8/9

 

<0.70

12%

<400kg

12%

7/9

 

More than 77% exceed 0.75 ADG

Average HDCW 449kg

Over 85% achieve Mb 7/9 or more

The Ginjo MarbleMax B901 full flush sibling result at top remains superior to the strong B901 progeny results immediately above, especially given significantly shorter DOF, and this highlights the consistent superiority of the specific ‘immediate relationship’ genetics.   Overall, results would be acceptable in Japanese production systems, where the top ADG rivals that of Dai 7 Itozakura progeny, although a higher average steer carcass weight would be sought for a Top 10 Japanese sire.

Ginjo MarbleMax B901 licensed semen is currently available for Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Australia, with limited stocks held in the United States.  For availability and details contact Mike Buchanan on
Ph: (61) 2 4997 0482  Mob: 61 437 047 234 or email mjbuch@bigpond.com

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Maifuku (China Accredited Genetics)

Echigo Farms Maifuku (ECHFA3001) – Top Chinese Credentials

Echigo Farms Maifuku has become a favourite in Chinese fullblood herd development in recent years, in addition to turning in excellent carcass results in Australian home market production.  Supplies of semen are now restricted.

Echigo Farms Maifuku

Echigo Farms MAIFUKU (A3001) Semen

In addition to significant success in Chinese fullblood production, Maifuku is also a proven performer in Australian F1 production, as the following carcass summary demonstrates:


Maifuku Sire Carcass Summary – 11 Hd WY/AA F1 Averaged

Induct Kg

DOF

ADG

AUSMEAT Mb

HDCW

P8

EMA

426

377.73

1.02 kg

5.27

469.42kg

32.55

50.09

Data courtesy of AACo.

The four photos here demonstrate Maifuku beef quality from a variety of fullblood joining.
This is the NEW copy/table that goes just above Maifuku Beef Gallery


Maifuku Sire Carcase Summary – 16 Hd WY/AA F1 Averaged

Induct LWT

DOF

ADG

AusMeat Mb

HDCW

P8

400.4

381.9

1.0

6.5

454.1

20.2

Data:  Rangers Valley Feedlot, Glen Innes, NSW

 

Maifuku Beef Gallery

The four photos here demonstrate Maifuku beef quality from a variety of fullblood joining.


Fullblood Black Wagyu Embryos For Sale

For starter herds or specialised genetics in Australia or for export, we can offer either detailed selection of Kedaka, Itozakura, Tajima genetics, with progeny carcass data supporting many outstanding donors; or genetically balanced mixed groups from across the herds.   The potential donor range is available in registered animals listing on the Australian Wagyu Association website, under the prefixes ECH, GIN and YAM – for any assistance required to complete such a search contact us.   For best choice, firm orders with deposits are required by August 15 in any year.   Contact Tak on 61 2 4787 9134, email takaos@bluemountainswagyu.com.au or Mike on 61 2 4997 0482 email mjbuch@bigpond.com.au

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