once the calves are a little older our students will be welcome to try massaging them or giving them some of the pampering that their Japanese counterparts enjoy
The Barony College Farm in south west Scotland delivered a very special calf on Sunday, the first to be born as part of an innovative project run in conjunction with Asda.
The calf is a unique ‘Wagyu’ calf, born to a Holstein Friesian dairy cow but sired by a Wagyu bull. Wagyu is a Japanese breed of cattle that produces the most expensive beef in the world, famous because traditional rearing involves the cattle being regularly massaged, enjoying electronic back scratchers, played music and given beer to drink.
In the UK Wagyu beef is available mainly in premium retailers such as Selfridges of London who sell Wagyu beef sandwiches for £85. Wagyu beef is particularly sought after because of the unique structure of the meat. It is densely marbled with extremely fine veins of fat and this marbling means that the beef can be finely sliced, never goes dry and has a unique buttery texture. The fat in the meat has more monounsaturated fats which makes Wagyu beef suitable as part of a lower-cholesterol diet.
The female calf which was born on Sunday is the first of five Wagyu calves expected at Barony College, with the other four due to arrive in January. The calf named Inochi which means ‘life’ is part of an innovative breeding programme being run jointly by Barony College and Asda with the aim of producing high quality beef from normal dairy herds. It’s hoped that the calf will be the first of many, and that this innovative approach could transform dairy farming.
Barony College Farm Manager Craig Drummond said:
“Dairy farmers look for female calves that can join and improve their herd, but using sexed semen which pretty much guarantees a female calf, is very expensive and it’s only appropriate for the best animals. The big idea behind this Wagyu breeding programme is that the poorer genetic stock in a dairy herd can be served with Wagyu semen, producing high quality beef animals that will be in great demand.
“This is a very exciting project to be involved in as it offers such potential to the dairy industry, as well as giving our agriculture students the opportunity to be involved in a cutting edge breeding initiative. Barony students will get hands on experience in looking after these Wagyu calves, including monitoring their growth and development. And once the calves are a little older our students will be welcome to try massaging them or giving them some of the pampering that their Japanese counterparts enjoy!”
Russell Marchant, Principal of Barony College said:
“Barony College has a number of very strong links with industry across our subject areas, offering unique opportunities for our students to take part in groundbreaking research projects and initiatives. The joint working with Asda has been particularly exciting, and we have been anticipating the safe delivery of this calf for a number of months.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how the breeding programme develops and to working with companies like Asda, and local dairy farmers, to explore the full potential of this unique approach.”
Shona Warwick, Marketing Officer Barony College
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Notes for Editors:
Barony College specialises in vocational training and education for the land-based and animal care industries. The subject areas delivered by Barony College are:
• Animal care
• Equine studies
• Fisheries studies
• Forestry and arboriculture
• Veterinary nursing
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