EvokeAg – Pardoo Wagyu Famil and Tasting – Sustainable herd management from genetics to plate

Stellar attendance at the Evoke Ag side event at Pardoo Wagyu’s Shogo Takeda Genetics Centre on 19 February 2024. An audience consisting of producers, researchers, industry specialists, State and federal government, agronomists had the opportunity to preview Pardoo Wagyu’s breeding facility just north of Perth.

Presentations were delivered covering the Pardoo Wagyu growth over nine years of operation and the importance of meticulous attention to genetics to qualify for a true genetics to plate experience.
Chef Jed Gerrard conjured up some mouth watering MS8 Pardoo Wagyu which was enjoyed by all. 

Supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Vale Shogo TakedaSan 1928-2023

It is with deep sadness that we have heard the news of the passing of Mr Shogo Takeda, a long standing Wagyu guru and friend of Pardoo. Pardoo Wagyu grieves with his family and friends of the Wagyu industry on the passing of such an icon.

“We have been fortunate to have received Mr Takeda at Pardoo in the Pilbara on many occasions and I have travelled annually to his hometown in Shiraoi Hokkaido, Japan as recently as last month. He has supported our Pardoo vision from day one and generously imparted his breeding knowledge, experience and foundation genetics to us and his legacy will stay on through our growing Wagyu herd, an extension of his vision.”

Mr Takeda dedicated much of his life to enabling the development of the global Wagyu industry outside of Japan.  The Australian Wagyu industry has paid particular attention and dedication to Mr Takeda and his advice on breeding.  There is no doubt that a large part of the success and scale of our industry today is a result of Mr Takeda’s efforts.

Mr Takeda is a pioneer of Wagyu in Japan, just as he is for the rest of the world.  He is credited with being the first person to introduce Wagyu cattle into the island of Hokkaido in 1954.  His Takeda Farm has been breeding Japanese Black cattle since then and still does today, with Mr Takeda considered a Master Breeder.

Believing the world would benefit from Wagyu genetics, he made the decision to export 35 females and 5 males to the USA in 1995.  Many of those females were in calf.  A second shipment of 45 females and 6 males occurred in 1996.  Mr Takeda said:

“A long time ago, Japan imported Jersey Cattle from Australia.  Thanks to this, the Japanese people can now enjoy drinking tasty milk and eating tasty yoghurt.  After I exported my Wagyu cattle to the US in the early 1990’s hoping that people in the world would enjoy eating Wagyu beef, the first people who purchased my genetics were Australians.”

Mr Takeda is highly regarded around the world for his mastery of breeding highly productive cattle that achieved the best levels of carcass performance, but also had milking ability and maternal performance. During the formative years of the Australian Wagyu industry, Mr Takeda worked hand in hand with many Australian and International breeders to help them understand Wagyu genetics and his rotational breeding program.

The enormity of the legacy left behind by Mr Takeda cannot be denied.  In dreaming to provide the World the opportunity to experience Wagyu, he has played a pivotal role in establishing a global luxury protein market for Wagyu beef that is underpinned by the Australian industry expansion of his genetics.

In recognition of the enormous impact that Shogo Takeda has had on the Australian Wagyu Industry, Mr Takeda was awarded as the AWA’s first Hall of Fame inductee in 2015.  Mr Takeda said: “Australia has been the centre of Wagyu Production in the world outside of Japan.  I deeply appreciate the Australian Wagyu  breeders for their contribution to spread Wagyu genetics to the rest of the world.  The members of the Australian Wagyu Association have spread Wagyu worldwide which helped my dream come true”.

With our gratitude and appreciation Takedasan we will continue to make you proud.

Bruce Cheung and all at Pardoo Wagyu
22 March 2023


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