Irongate Wagyu Farming History
The Gilmour family has been farming in the Great Southern region for over 45 years. Bill Gilmour the well known Orthopaedic Surgeon started his farming as a young boy in Lockhart, NSW near Wagga Wagga. He moved to Perth and continued the interest, initially in Wellstead in sheep and grain, then later, at Two People’s Bay, in beef cattle.
For the past 20 years, Irongate Wagyu has been owned and represented by the Gilmour family of Jenny, Jacqui, Michael, and Peter. Irongate Wagyu is on a property in the lush Kalgan River and Two People’s Bay region located near Albany with an abundant water supply and excellent grazing land.
Irongate Wagyu is a stud business that has a Fullblood Japanese Black Wagyu herd where the end product is the highly sought after marbled Wagyu Beef. The herd is managed by Mitch Braithwaite, an industry Wagyu specialist and beef cattle veteran that has a professional and dedicated interest in the husbandry and technical aspects of improving the genetic quality of the herd and it’s meat-eating quality.
Peter Gilmour spent several years living in Japan as the America’s Cup coach and skipper of Nippon Challenge between 1994 – 2000 during which he was engaged with and learning about the Japanese culture. Of particular interest was the Kobe or Wagyu beef phenomenon. He was attracted to the taste and health aspects as well as highly curious about the specialized production involved through the centuries-old genetic development.
This then led to the acquisition of an initial herd of 40 Wagyu PTIC breeders and 3 bulls from the Coates Cattle Company in Queensland. Irongate Wagyu has been expanded by significant AI (Artificial Insemination) and ET (Embryo Transfer) work that has allowed the business to develop and improve the quality of their Fullblood Wagyu stud cattle.
FUTARI Wagyu is the meat sales subsidiary brand of Irongate Wagyu. FUTARI means “two people, two persons, a pair or couple” in the Japanese language and reflects our desire to share this exquisite tasting meat. FUTARI also reflects a new future that started with a dream to bring luxury Wagyu beef of the highest quality and provenance from the most pristine natural environment to niche markets around the world. Irongate Wagyu presents FUTARI Wagyu.