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The Bull Battery

We only use registered Purebred or Fullblood Wagyu bulls for both our AI/ET programs and live service. We currently have the following bulls available for AI use.

Ginjo Marblemax Hiranami B901

An Australian bred modern classic balanced sire combining growth and marbling. We used him in our ET programs in 2015 and 2016 and he has made amazing cows for us. B901 daughters form a large part of our purebred breeding cow herd and consistently produce excellent calves. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Arubial Bond Q007

Bond is a double bred son of the 'King of the Breed' Itoshigenami Junior and is bred for extreme Marbling, Marbling fineness and Eye Muscle Area. We are using him in our ET program to produce our next generation of carcass sires. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Arubial Anticipated Q14

Anticipated is a is a maternal half brother to Bond and has an impressive sire stack of Coates Itoshigenami G113 x Junior x Michifuku - all carcass powerhouses. We are using Anticipated in our AI and ET programs to produce our next generation of improved Wagyu cattle. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Blue Rock Michifuku

A US bred high Tajima marbling and carcass sire. Son of World K’s Michifuku, thought by many to be the best carcass bull ever to leave japan. He has produced beautiful calves out of our B901 daughters. AWA pedigree and EBV.

Bar R Michifuku

A US bred high Tajima marbling and carcass sire. Half sibling to Blue Rock Michifuku. Like his half-brother he has produced beautiful calves out of our B901 daughters. Note image is of World K's Michifuku, courtesy of Wagyu International. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Blackmore Kizashi J455

Bred by David Blackmore in Australia, Kizashi is a 100% Tajima sire. Kizashi is part of the Blackmore ‘Kinu’ family. He combines all three grandsons of Kikutsuru “the Hyogo cow” – Kitatsurukikudoi, Fukutsuru 068 and TF146 Kikutsurudoi. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Blackmore Kinusurukiku H224

Kinusurukiku is a 100% Tajima bull and member of the Kinu family. He is the highest living Genomic Estimated Breeding Value (GEBV) bull for rib eye area and marbling score in the Blackmore herd. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Blackmore Dai Ichi Yasuchiyo G615

Dai Ichi Yasuchiyo is a mixture of Tajima (72.5%) and Itozakura bloodlines. He is used within the Blackmore breeding program to improve all aspects of animal performance. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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​Blackmore Dai Ichi Kikuzakura H017

Dai Ichi Kikuzakura is a son of TF147 Itoshigefuji and is 82.5% Itozakura bloodlines. He is the highest hot carcass weight GEBV bull in the Blackmore bull battery. Itozakura bloodlines combine well over Tajima and should increase size, robustness, fertility and milk in offspring. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Blackmore Aizatsurudoi A015

Aizatsurudoi is a line bred bull with 91.5% Tajima bloodlines. He is a combination of two of Takeda farms Tajima sires TF146 Kikutsurudoi and TF148 Itoshigenami. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Sanjirou 5U

Sanjiro 5U is a US bred son of Sanjiro 3, the bull that led the 2017 Washington State University sire summary for marbling. Sanjiro 5U is about 70% Tajima and brings together a combination of Michifuku and the cow Suzutani (arguably the most famous female wagyu in the west and known as “the queen of the breed”), with Itozakura and Kedaka influence from his maternal grandsire Kenhanafuji. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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We currently use four of our own Fullblood bulls for live service and domestic semen in our Wagyu herd.

Tara Hills Farm Yasuzurudoi P149

Yasuzurudoi is sired by Dai Ichi Yasushiyo and is a balanced combination of Tajima, Itozakura and Kedaka bloodlines. His maternal grandsire is TF151 Itozurudoi and he is our main herd sire. He is free of all Wagyu recessive conditions.

 

AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Tara Hills Farm Hirayasu S401

 

Hirayasu or "Maxy"is a son of our favourite cow making bull Ginjo Marblemax Hiranami B901 and out of our most consistent bull mother Hikohime P203. We use Maxy over cows without B901 in their pedigree as his semen has become scare. Maxy's first calves are due in September 2024. He is free of all Wagyu recessive conditions.

 

AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Tara Hills Farm Vanquish T501

 

Vanquish is a son of Arubial Bond Q007 and out of our best carcass EBV cow Chiyonami Q300. He has been bred as a carcass/terminal sire and has very strong Eye Muscle Area and Marble Score EBVs. As of April 2024 Vanquish is the best Wagyu bull living in NZ for Marble Score EBV (+2.6). Vanquish's first calves are due in August 2024. He is a carrier of F11.

 

AWA pedigree and EBV.

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Tara Hills Farm Kiyasashi Q303

 

Kiyashashi is our specialist heifer bull. He has proven to produce calves that are 4-5kg smaller than those sired by P149 out of similarly bred heifers and greatly lowers the risk of difficult calvings. He is sired by Blackmore Kizashi and with very high Tajima Aizakura maternal line, is 91.5% Tajima blood. He is a carrier of IARS. AWA pedigree and EBV.

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