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Wagyu Breeders Association teams up with SAI Global to underpin British Wagyu Assurance

SAI Global is excited about working with the British Wagyu Association to deliver their Wagyu Standard across the UK to their members

As all its 200+ partner farmers are already Red Tractor members, the WBA has added a ‘bolt-on’ to the farm’s regular Red Tractor audit for cost-effectiveness and ease of use. This means assessors can check the additional stipulations of the WBA Assurance Scheme at the same time as the usual on-farm audit.

These include:

  • Whole-life Red Tractor assured status
  • British Wagyu-branded approved eartag
  • Wagyu DNA sire verified
  • Dams either dairy-bred or native breeds
  • BVD tested virus negative
  • Minimum slaughter age 24 months

Nik Searston – UK&I Agricultural Development Manager of SAI Global met with Richard Saunders – Wagyu Association Company Secretary, and Jamie Brownrigg – Warrendale Wagyu Production Director at the 2022 Borderway Agri Expo to finalise the agreement.

Full rules around the WBA Assurance Scheme can be found on www.britishwagyu.co.uk.

The British Wagyu assurance scheme leads the industry in terms of traceability, animal welfare and consumer trust, enhancing in turn the integrity and value of premium Wagyu beef [Chris Dickinson, WBA Director]

About the British Wagyu Breeders Association

Established in July 2014 by a group of Wagyu breeders and enthusiasts from around the UK,  the aim of  the Association is to promote British Wagyu beef and represent the interests of its members at home and abroad.  The Association has undergone significant growth with membership now at 250+ and annual Fullblood & Crossbred births totalling more than 13,000. Underpinning this success is the British Wagyu marque backed by full traceability and quality assurance together with investment into MIJ (Meat Image Japan) carcase camera technology to measure and reward the unique marbling found in Wagyu – the world’s luxury beef.


As the UK’s most trusted assurance scheme, Red Tractor provides the confidence to UK shoppers and diners, that beef carrying its logo has been produced with care, and delivers the high standards expected of British farmers and growers. Red Tractor ensures that the Wagyu beef scheme is a traceable product which meets high levels of animal welfare. [Red Tractor Beef & Lamb Board Chairman, John Dracup ]

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