Q. How long does land take to recover from drought?
A. It depends on your grazing management. We match stocking rate to carrying capacity. Carrying capacity is a function of rainfall, which is easily measured. By changing our stocking rate in line with rainfall and temperature, we can budget how much feed we have on hand and start reducing our stocking rate in line with this. The net result is that we always have the same amount of cattle grazing per mm of rainfall per ha through good and bad seasons. Therefore, it can take as little as two weeks for the land to recover, when managed appropriately.
Q. Do Wagyu grow as well as other breeds?
A. There are a range of breeds within the Wagyu family. Some, eg Kadaka and Akaushi are very high growth, others are very high marbling with low growth, eg Tajima. The trick is to achieve the appropriate balance between growth and marbling. With our modern carcass assessment and breeding evaluation technologies, appropriate breeding strategies are being applied and the results speak for themselves.
Q. What are the biggest threats to the Wagyu movement?
Given the current diversity of markets, there are very few threats to the Wagyu movement that are not experienced by the entire industry. Delivering the highest marbling and growth patterns will ensure that if grain prices rose, margins would be sufficient enough to be profitable for all parties. The lower marbling and poor feed converting genetics would be in lower demand in this situation.
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