Whitesell Farms Wagyu

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Meet Our Sires!

Sires get a lot of attention in cattle circles. This is because they represent the single fastest way to influence the future of your herd. Using a top-of-the breed sire gives you a whole pasture full of "better" calves where using a top cow gives you a single "better" calf. That math is pretty easy to do!

We did not used to have a page for our sires because we used AI exclusively. This seemed a little unfair once we started having our own Fullblood bulls on the farm, so we put together this page. To give the full picture, we will try to provide information on both owned sires and influence sires (via AI).

(This page is a work in progress - it will take a bit of time to get data on all the bulls we've used loaded up!)

Herd Bulls

Bull

Description

Bull ID:  Webbco Michiyoshi B113

Birth Year: 2014

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We are very excited about this young bull. B113 is a DNA verified son of a bull, Michiyoshi, who is renowned for the marbling he passes to his offspring. In addition to having a star studded pedigree, B113 has been DNA tested and verified to have the preferred fat profile SCD marker: AA and a genetic Tenderness marker of 9. He is currently in collection at Hawkeye Breeders and we will be selling semen to interested breeders.

Bull ID:  WFW Ala Akiyoshi 8B

Birth Year: 2014

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We raised this bull and his brother 10B from the first set of embryos we purchased. He has a great Wagyu pedigree with lots of big names on top and bottom - and was bread to increase size and milk without surrendering marbling. His DNA tests yielded an SCD: VA and Tenderness: 7. He started off as the backup bull in our heifer pasture but was promoted to cows when Noche died. We have seen several calves from this bull and like the way they look on the ground.

Bull ID:  WFW Bama Akiyoshi 10B

Birth Year: 2014

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We raised this bull and his brother 8B from the first set of embryos we purchased. He had the opportunity to sire several calves on our farm in his role as our backup bull. He has a great Wagyu pedigree with lots of big names on top and bottom - and was bread to increase size and milk without surrendering marbling. We did not actually need two bulls with nearly the same genetic identity so we ultimately we sold him and kept his brother.

Bull ID:  FC Noche 21

Birth Year: 2009

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

FC Noche was the first Fullblood Wagyu bull we purchased for the farm. He was already 6 years old when we acquired him; full grown and then some. We liked his size, particularly the height in his frame. He roamed the pastures for all of the 2015 breeding season and most of 2016 before meeting an untimely end.

 

Influence Sires

These bulls are ones that we have used over the years as part of our artificial insemination (AI) and embryo production efforts.

Bull

Description

Bull ID:  Bar R Sanjirou 4P

Birth Year: 2003

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

4P is one of the cornerstones of our Wagyu program. We started using him 2011 as we got more experience with the breed. He has great carcass trial data, once placing as high as Number 3 (in 2009). His DNA specs are top notch as well with an SCD: AA and Tenderness: 7. Many, many, of our percentage cows have 4P in their pedigrees. I cannot say enough good things about this bull; I just wish I had more of it in stock. In 2015, we got one last bulk purchase of semen before he stopped collecting. Now his semen is rare and commands a high price if it can be found at all. There is a lot of good information on 4P in the ORIgen Semen Catalog (where we got the photo).

Bull ID:  LMR Toshiro 1-3 (723T)

Birth Year: 2007

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We picked this bull to use with our 4P F1 heifers in our early attempts at a rotation scheme. Following 4P, we wanted to introduce more milk and growth, and 723T certainly has that in his stats with a Frame Score of 6 and +5 on Milk. His DNA specs are SCD: VA and Tenderness: 6. Now with the emphasis on breeding calves with an SCD: AA, we are using him less, but we really like the calves so he's staying in our stable. There is more good information on this bull in his entry in the ORIgen semen catalog (where we got the picture).

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Bull ID:  BR Michifuku 1604

Birth Year: 2001

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We acquired a supply of semen from 1604 when it came time to find a bull use on our retained heifers from 4P. In the 2012 National Wagyu Sire Summary, he was the #1 ranked bull for ribeye size and was in the to 20% of bulls for marbling in backfat. This was an early attempt on our part to bring in more ribeye size without giving up marbling. There are no DNA data available for this bull, but from analysis on his calves, he appears to be SCD: VA with high Tenderness. (His calves almost always better their Dam's Tenderness score.)

Bull ID:  Academy Red Wagyus J34

Birth Year: 2013

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We built up a supply of semen from J34 to use for AI purposes in our Black/Red/Black rotation scheme, but specifically with first calf heifers. The idea is to increase frame size, milk, and growth potential without giving up marbling. With great looking stats including a 77lb birth weight, 616lb weaning weight, a frame score of 7, and good looking IMF scans, this bull seemed like a good choice. His DNA specs show an SCD: VA. There is a lot of good information on J34 on the Academy Red Wagyu website (where we got the photo).

Bull ID:  Academy Red Wagyus Tambo H18

Birth Year: 2012

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We acquired a supply of semen from H18 for AI purposes in our Black/Red/Black rotation scheme to be used with mature cows. The idea is to increase frame size, milk, and growth potential without giving up marbling. With great looking stats including a +107lbs on 600 day weight, a frame score of 7+, and good looking IMF scans, this bull should bring some size to his calves. His DNA specs show an SCD: VA. There is a lot of good information on H18 on the Academy Red Wagyu website (where we got the photo).

Bull ID:  JR-Hiroto

Birth Year: 2012

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We bought semen from this bull to use for embryo production purposes in our Black/Red/Black rotation scheme. We like the look of this bull a lot and expect his calves to really grow. His DNA specs show an SCD: AA and Tenderness: 5, the highest we've found in a Red Wagyu bull so far. Thanks and credit go to his owner for the photo.

Bull ID:  CLV Red Star Akiko A003

Birth Year: 2013

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We bought semen from this bull for AI use in our Black/Red/Black rotation scheme. His pedigree is a good one even if his DNA tests were a little suspect. His DNA specs show an SCD: AA and Tenderness: 1. This is the main problem we've identified with the red genetics - they all seem to rank low on Tenderness. Thanks and credit go to his owner for the photo.

Bull ID:  Kalanga Red Star C402

Birth Year: 2012

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We searched all over for semen from this bull to use for embryo production after watching embryos with him on the top side sell for eye-popping amounts at auction. We finally acquired 10 straws at auction for a reasonable price and have used it judiciously since. He certainly has the look, and brings a good set of traits and EBVs to the table. He has never been DNA tested, but from analyzing his calves, he is almost certainly an SCD: AA with a relatively low Tenderness. There is a lot of good information on him on the Academy Red Wagyu website (where we got the photo).

Bull ID:  WCC Chubby Buddy

Birth Year: 2012

Breed:  Registered Fullblood Wagyu

Notes: 

We bought semen from this bull to either use for embryo or AI purposes in our Black/Red/Black rotation scheme. This bull shows a lot of promise with a large frame and good growth potential. He was the 2014 Senior Bull Champion at the Houston Livestock show. His DNA specs show an SCD: AA and Tenderness: 3. There is a lot of good information on WCC Chubby Buddy on the WagyuRanch.com website (where we got the photo).

Bull ID:  ACC Wagyu Logo A013

Birth Year: 2005

Breed:  Registered Purebred Wagyu

Notes: 

In our first year of getting started with Wagyu, I have to admit that we didn't do enough research ahead of time to understand the implications and differences between Purebred and Fullblood, or between Red and Black. Our vet just ordered us "some Wagyu semen" and we gave it a try. That said, I have no complaints with the performance of this bull. As pointed out in his web page, he deliveres on marbling and was great to use on heifers. There is good information on A013 on the Academy Red Wagyu website (where we got the photo).


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