Two wagyu bulls born in West Cork
Wagyu bulls, famous for their marbled meat, may yet make an appearance in your next bull catalogue following the birth of two of the breed in west Cork this spring.
AI companies have already expressed an interest in Jonathon Readman's first pedigree Wagyu bull calf, born from an embryo implant this spring.
Mr Readman, 23, who farms near Clonakilty, bought four embryos last summer from a breeder in Kildare.
"Two of the four held, and I subsequently did a deal for another egg, which has also held, and is due to calve in the coming months," explained the young farmer.
"I'm interested in the value of the breeding stock, since Wagyu bulls have been selling in England over the last year for as much as £10,000."
Mr Readman has built up a farm enterprise from scratch since he left school seven years ago.
"I never did the Leaving Cert - I just went straight to Clonakilty Ag College, and from there onto study Ag Science in CIT.
"Nobody in my family has any connection with farming, but I started milking cows for a local farmer when I was just 11-years-old. I've loved farming ever since, and by leasing land in the last year or so I'm now all set up with a herd number," he explained.