Nestled in the Zuney Valley in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, two farming families came together: Henk and Rinda Klopper, Denys and Melinda Wells. Zuney Wagyu was born from a solid friendship, based on good, caring neighbours who both have a passion for Wagyu beef.
Zuney Wagyu consists of five farms totaling 2250 hectares that are rich in natural pasture, grasses, thornveld, valley bushveld, and natural forest.
To breed top-quality Wagyu cattle is part of Zuney Wagyu’s mission statement. After five years in the Wagyu industry, this remains an ongoing process which is rooted in good genetics combined with efficient feeding.
At Zuney Wagyu, we understand that today’s informed consumer wants to know where and how products have been produced. We endeavour to fulfil these demands set by consumers by treating our cattle humanely. Our cattle are free-roaming and receive no stimulants, hormones or antibiotics to promote growth. This low-stress environment has a direct impact on the quality of our beef. Combined with superior genetics and the correct nutrition, the consumer is guaranteed an ultimate eating experience.
Our main focus is to maintain the standards set by the Wagyu Society of South Africa (WSA) and to fulfil the Certified South African Wagyu Beef (CWB) programme, as well as international best practices on cattle breeding. As part of our CWB Certification, we ensure quality Wagyu products and integrity to the customer. As per the guidelines set out for the CWB Programme, the minimum marbling score is 3. We are proud of our marbling score that ranges from 4 to 7.
Zuney Wagyu uses a locally recognized abattoir or an export accredited facility in East London to harvest our steers.
Our main herd sires are BA130936 which is an Itoshigenami son from a Tajima background. Our CP130308 is a Fukutsuru 004 son which produces growth. We have recently acquired Wasabi FG12001 which is an Itoshigefuji147 son which will produce good growers and milk. Tamarind T4 Kanadagene is also used mainly on F1 females to produce marbling, growth and a good eye muscle. Sanjiro 5U, Michifuku grandson has been used on pure Angus cows to produce great females and steers for our discerning customers. At the moment the bulk of our harvesting is F1 as well as F2.